Category: Video

On 21 February 1965, Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.

The following is a short film by Liam Donovon featuring a recording of The Ballot or the Bullet speech, set to music by the film’s director.Malcolm X was born in Omaha in 1925 as Malcolm Little. His father, a Baptist minister, was an outspoken follower of Marcus Garvey, the Black Nationalist leader of the 1920s.

The family moved to Lansing, Michigan, and when Malcolm was six years old his father was murdered after receiving death threats from the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown and he and his eight siblings were taken into care by the welfare department.

He was sent first to a foster home and then to a reform school. After the eighth grade, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked at various jobs, eventually becoming involved in criminal activity. In 1946 he received a prison sentence for burglary.

Inside he became interested in the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Black Muslims, also known as The Nation of Islam. He subsequently spent his time in prison educating himself and learning more about the Black Muslims, who advocated racial separation.

On his release in 1952, he joined a Black Muslim temple in Detroit and changed his surname from Little to X, symbolically replacing the name derived from the heritage of slavery to represent the unknown name of his African ancestors.

By the early 1960s, the Nation of Islam had become well known and Malcolm was their most prominent spokesperson. In 1963, however, he was suspended from the organisation for his remark that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was like “the chickens coming home to roost”. In the following year, he broke with the Nation of Islam altogether and formed a secular black nationalist group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU).

In 1964 Malcolm made a hajj (pilgrimage) to the Islamic holy city of Mecca. As a result of this trip and other travels to Africa and Europe he adopted the Arabic name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and renounced his previous teaching that all whites are evil. 

He was assassinated by three Black Muslim members while addressing an OAAU rally in New York. 

In the name of the father? This is War. In the name of the son? This is murder. In the name of the Holy Ghost? This is iniquity. In the name of democracy? This is a lie.

They have created a wasteland in our name and called it Democracy. Dare we look on their our victims?

“Iniquity, committed in this world, produces not fruit immediately, but, like the earth, in due season, and advancing by little and little, it eradicates the man who committed it. …justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve; it must never therefore be violated.” Manu 1200 bc

This video should only be viewed by a mature audience. I suspect that it will very soon become ‘no longer available’.

What did I tell you?

Billy Mackenzie

It’s ten years since Billy’s death. I met him a few times and liked him a bit but I don’t think I came close to knowing him.

Nobody did.

To the music media at the time he was something of a sacred cow, no-one wanted to say it like it was.

Reading between the lines and drawing on personal experience he was a spoiled brat, really. He never knew what it was he wanted but was always confident that he could get it and, when he couldn’t, he’d convince himself and everybody else that he didn’t want it in the first place.

He had a head full of music, a lot of charm and an ear for a lyric but he never mastered an instrument. His voice was interesting and had a good range but he faked the high register and socially he was a bit of a prat.

And then there are the musicians he ate up and spat out: guys like Steven Reid, for example, the guitar player who co-wrote a lot of his stuff but never received any credit.

But hey, this is Galloway the iconoclast talking (if I can dis God I can dis Billy), so, if you worshiped him or if his memory is sacred to you, if you want to think of him as a lost, tortured soul, a tragic genius, you go ahead, my friend…

I won’t disillusion you.

Sing it to the angels Billy and rest in peace.

Died 22 Jan 1997.

“I have a dream” video clip

This is the entire address. It lasts about 17 minutes. What else do you need to do that can’t wait?

Happy Birthday Bowie

Celebrities are fellow human beings who are better than us because lots of people know who they are. Everyone loves celebrities.

Even those who claim to despise celebrities would, if they were honest, prefer to share a drizzly afternoon birthday tea with a 60 year old David Bowie than spend one more second in my revolting non-celebrity company.

Here’s a montage of clips from 1969 to 2004 set to a live version of “Heroes”. It was put together by someone called Mike T and I think it’s pretty cool.

So, it’s a lazy Tuesday and I haven’t chased a dragon in ten years. The bastards don’t even flirt with me anymore.

Anyway, gets to noon and I can feel them beneath my skin — even after all this time you don’t forget.

So I take a cab, walk up the hill and buy a parrot.

Then it’s a lazy Wednesday.

I take a cab, walk up that hill and buy a parrot…

Hopeless in Gaza video

We live in constant fear.

Why did they break my things, all my toys?

Our children can’t even live.

We don’t know how to live.

[The Israelis] want these people cleansed from this area.

The psychological condition is one of the dimensions of the conflict that is not widely understood.

This is the reality of life in Gaza. Would you be able to live like this?

Watch the video courtesy of ICH. Runtime 5 minutes.

Edie Sedgwick: “After Hours” video

Edie Sedgwick was born in 1943. She met Andy Warhol in 1965 and became one of the Factory regulars around March of that year. Warhol has often been blamed for Edie’s descent into drug addiction and mental illness but her family has a history of both.

She was first institutionalized in the autumn of 1962 suffering from anorexia and, like her brother, attended the Silver Hill mental hospital. Her condition deteriorated until she weighed only ninety pounds, at which time she was transferred to Bloomingdale, the Westchester Division of New York Hospital.

Silver Hill was fairly liberal but Bloomingdale was very strict. Paradoxically, near the end of her stay there she became pregnant and had to have an abortion.

Bob Dylan’s album Blonde on Blonde was released on May 16, 1966 and Edie is one of the women imaged on the inner sleeve. Some of the songs are rumoured to be about her. Nico thought that Dylan might have been referring to her in Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Others have claimed that the phrase “your debutante” on Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again refers to Edie. It’s also rumoured that just Like a Woman is about her.

Edie Sedgwick’s husband, Michael Post, woke up on the morning of November 16, 1971 to find her lying dead in bed next to him. The coronor classified her death as an “accident/suicide” caused by “acute barbituate intoxication.”

This video 0f “After Hours” is a weird-sexy-sad classic. The vocal is by Moe Tucker, drummer with the Velvets.

Albert Einstein said: 

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing…”

William Burroughs’ “Thanksgiving Prayer” video

For John Dillinger, in hope he is still alive.

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