Rage Against The Machine | “All Of Which…Are American Dreams.”

What Up Yo.

I’ve written three hundred fifty articles on here

(Not here…

on http://Voices.FILM

get on over there)

And have never shared a video by heroes of mine:

Rage Against The Machine

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 The power of music is , and I use this word in its most literal form, awesome.

Yes, it’s a form of entertainment, and I love that aspect of it.

But it’s music, and music videos, ability to speak to people, to get a messages across…

The wonderful way it allows artists to express, to reach, teach and inform people…

Millions, potentially billions of people…

That is what I find awesome.

There is a voice to this band, not simply the voice of vocalist Zach De La Rocha, but the combined voices of all the members that I find so brave. Honest. Raw. Powerful.
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I hear it in every RATM song, like I do with the legends who are Public Enemy.

A battle cry against oppressors.
A voice for the oppressed.
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These bands are our generations version of the Black Panther movement.

Educated intelligent and for the people.

It’s not anti-establishment, it’s anti-oppression.

They gave a voice to the voiceless.

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Sought to stir shit up and speak some truth.

When I saw them live their sophomore album had just been released and me, The Franklin, Harassment, Lou, Vinny, Sal, Goines (were you there?) saw them at The Roseland Ballroom.

It wasn’t a concert, it was a rally.
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The mosh pit was so fierce I stood back in fear and excitement…bracing myself against the side wall of the ballroom watching and listening in awe.

There’s no other music on the planet like it.

We all knew it when we first heard them.

We all know it when we hear them now.

The below video is an actual event. They played directly in front of the New York Stock Exchange until they were escorted away by police…

But…

The doors to the New York Stock Exchange closed early that day because of the sheer power and effect of Rage Against The Machine.

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Now I threw a few more videos in this playlist…

Because I can.

Know Your Enemy.


“YES I KNOW MY ENEMIES…THEY’RE THE TEACHERS WHO TAUGHT ME TO FIGHT ME.
COMPROMISE.
CONFORMITY.
ASSIMILATION.
SUBMISSION.
IGNORANCE.
HYPOCRISY.
BRUTALITY.
THE ELITE…
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS!
ALL OF WHICH…ARE AMERICAN DREAMS.”

David Fincher | The Music Videos

What up yo.
The evolution of David Fincher did not begin with his directorial film debut Alien film, it began in 1984 when he started to direct music videos.

Now he directed 52 videos in all, and there’s no way I’m putting them all on this playlist because with some of the earlier ones, it is brutally obvious that Fincher needed to pay the rent.

What I’ve done instead is assembled a playlist highlighting his work in broad strokes, where you can visually see his style developing.

There are landmark videos here.

Vogue

Freedom ’90

Englishman In New York

The llist of artists that begin to work with the director as he builds his music video portfolio from 1984-1988 crystallized when he directed Madonna in Express Yourself.

After their union, he became one of the most  sought after music video directors in Hollywood.

For me, the first video I saw from Fincher’s work,  I didn’t know who David Fincher was.

He directed for the music video for the Billy Idol cover of The Doors “LA Woman“.

I watched that video over and over when it came out for its photography, editing, technique and post-apocalyptic Blade Runner meets Mad Max-esque style. It would be years before I would learn that it was directed by David Fincher.

Below are a selection of David Fincher’s Music Videos:


 

This is the list of videos in the above playlist.  I’ve listed them all chronologically:

1988 | STING – Englishman In New York

1988 | JOHNNY HATES JAZZ – Shattered Dreams

1988 | PAULA ABDUL – Straight Up

1989 | JODY WATLEY – Real Love

1989 | MADONNA – Express Yourself

1989 | DON HENLEY – The End Of The Innocence

1990 | AEROSMITH – Janie’s Got A Gun

1990 | MADONNA – Vogue

1990 | BILLY IDOL – Cradle Of Love

1990 | BILLY IDOL – L.A. Woman

1990 | GEORGE MICHAEL – Freedom ’90

– Films Alien 3

1993 | MADONNA – Bad Girl

– Films Se7en

1994 | THE ROLLING STONESLove Is Strong

1996 | THE WALLFLOWERS – 6th Avenue Heartache

– Films The Game

– Films Fight Club

2000 | A PERFECT CIRCLE – Judith

– Films Panic Room

2005 | NINE INCH NAILS – Only

– Films Zodiac

– Films The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

– Films The Social Network

– Films The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

2013 | JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FT. JAY Z – Suit & Tie

– Films “Gone Girl”

 

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Spider-Man (2002) | The Original “Twin Towers” Teaser. Why It Was Pulled & The Horror Of September 11th

For Duke…

What Up Yo…

In May of 2001, the first Spider-Man film was a year from coming out and Columbia/Sony Pictures released a fantastic teaser for the film.

Opening with a bank heist, the robbers escape by helicopter with money in tow.

The getaway is clean. They think they have made it, free and clear, as they race through the concrete jungle of Manhattan’s skyscrapers in the chopper on their way towards freedom.

Until…

The chopper stops mid-flight, then begins flying backwards somehow, back into the city they have just escaped from.

They are in a state of compete panic, the money falls from the chopper all over the streets.

They are no longer in control.

They are speeding backwards straight into downtown Manhattan from where they just escaped.

Then the chopper stops.

Camera goes tight on the blades, unable to rotate, as they are all suspended in mid-air.

The camera backs out, we see they are  caught in a massive spiderweb.

The camera pulls back to reveal that the spiders-web extends been between the tops of the Twin Towers.

The World Trade Center in downtown New York City.

When Duke and I first saw this trailer, all was well in the world. It hadn’t altered yet.

The effects in this teaser were incredible to behold.

This is 15 years ago, 2001. Lord Of The Ring & The Matrix Trilogy time

It is a perfect teaser.

Then we hear guitar, and see Spider-Man.

This song playing over the next sets of clips was tight. Pumping.  It plays while we watch him tear through the streets of New York City. It was unreal.

Duke and I watched it over and over and over again. He had the Internet at that point (not many did yet), it was slow, dial-up, no high-def…

But our faces were glued too his 13″ monitor.

 

And then a few months later, in September,  that fucking day.

 

9/11

 

Suddenly, because of the trauma it might induce, film companies began pulling images of the Twin Towers out of film adverts, trailers and the films themselves.

Even though I knew, as cynical as this may sound, that many executives in the industry were making plans for the film version of that horrible day immediately.

After Cameron showed us all how much money people are willing to spend to watch a big budget cinematic version of the tragedy when enough time had passed,

Imagining how Cameron had pitched Titanic to the studio as a love story:

“We throw a massive love story in the center of the film, cut between the love story and the ship sinking. One of the lovers has to die. We get that DICaprio kid as the lead, woman love this kid after “Romeo +  Juliet…”

I think as soon as the attacks were being broadcasted live across the world, some of the suits were watching in horror, some…

Some were salivating.

I could feel Hollywood not looking at this like us New York were,

I’m speculating here, and i’m not talking about the industry talent…

I’m talking about the corporations that run the film industry:

But I imagine the discussions the day of the attacks in their lavish Hollywood offices to sound something like:

“Ok Perry…How long before we can do this film?”

“I’ve done the numbers Mr. Spielberg, we are looking at a 15 to 20 year window before it’s safe. Projections indicate if we do this right, we clear 3 to 5 billion worldwide easily in the films theatrical release.”

Having discussions about that day in and around New York are still difficult I’ve noticed.

It was such a massive event that I knew the day that it happened that most people would know somebody directly affected by this or would be directly affected by this because we live here.
Our families commute to work in the city.

And our friends and our friends families commute to work in the city.

I was very aware that this would directly affect all the people around me in a horrible way one way or another.

There was so much love in and around New York City that day and in the weeks that followed.

Those there that day, in the towers, helped each other without hesitation.

They walked home over the Brooklyn Bridge together.
No one pushed and shoved.
People took the ferries  across the river to get to safety and to their families as soon as possible.

The “rage” people assume are in all New Yorkers was nowhere to be found.

Only love. Concern. Compassion.

You have to remember that cell phones were still relatively new to our culture.

There was no iPhone yet.

No FaceTime.

No Facebook.

No Twitter.
No text messaging.  could not make phone calls in New York, in the Five Burroughs or in the tri-state area.

Phone calls wouldn’t go through, cell phone calls wouldn’t go through. If you could get a phone call through to the people you love, if they could get through to you, the call would drop mid-conversation.

The switchboards couldn’t handle the phone & cell traffic.
And you didn’t know if it was going to happen again for the next few days. Weeks.

Something that immense, the vast amount of souls lost, the firefighters and police who stormed the towers and sacrificed their lives for tons of people.

The people who’s lives altered radically in a matter of 45 mins.

Forever.

One of the people I knew was a friend I met through the bar I worked at, The Dodger in Huntington, Strong Island.

At 7am on September 11, 2001…he and his wife had a son and a daughter. He has his brother and his brothers family. And they were all very close.

At 9 AM on September 11, 2001. he lost his brother, his brothers wife and became parents to his brothers kids. After seeing and talking to him every week five times a week I didn’t see him for two years after that day.

It wasn’t about the New York City skyline changing.

Manhattan island is a very small island.

It’s 12 miles long by 2 1/2 miles wide.

However it houses 8.5 million people.

That’s not counting the hundreds of thousands if not millions of people that commute there for work every day from New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, upstate New York and elsewhere.

We all either commuted there, were married to commuters, had children who commuted, parents, siblings, grandchildren…family. Friends.

It’s actually a very large and tight community.

I was driving around on with my friend John on September 12, 2001…everyone was driving slow.

No horns honked.

People letting people pass each other on the road.

Everywhere you went, raw compassion for each other. All our friends were asking each other:

“Are you ok? Is everyone ok?”

We didn’t know what the number of people killed was yet. We wouldn’t know the extent of the damage and the massive amount of casualties for weeks.

Those buildings could potentially hold 100,000 people each.

I was terrified the number of the dead would be in hundreds of thousands.

In the end, because of the hour of day, the quick response of the New York City fire departments and New York City police departments…

Because  everybody turned and help the person to the right and left of them…

We lost 2% of that number that day.

2, 996 people.

Then they began to search, and they searched for fucking weeks, praying we would find people.

We found 20 people.

The fires from the buildings burned for 99 days.

We had police departments and fire departments from Boston, New Jersey…anywhere that people could come from to help.


That’s love. 

When ever that day is mentioned now, in 2016, people still bow their heads here.

It’s a day of horror.

Sony and Columbia Pictures did pay that day respect. And “The Next Titanic” has not come out yet…but it will…mark my words.

The original one-sheet for Spider-Man featured the twin towers in the poster:

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As quickly as the events unfolded that day, the trailer was pulled and the key-art for the film was changed:

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Finding the trailer online after that was impossible.

But now, 15 years later, it’s not as difficult to locate.

I wanted to share it incase you never saw it.

“Long live the World Trade”

To the lost.
To the fallen.

We Will Never Forget.

Fiona Apple “Across The Universe” (1998) | Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson | Music Video

Fiona Apple


Across The Universe

 

 The 1998 music video & cover of The Beatles classic, Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson

From the film Pleasantville, 1998
Pleasantville

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the life of an extraordinary human being. A prophet, an angel, a saint who walked amongst us…
God bless Dr. King.

Today we celebrate the life of an extraordinary human being. A prophet, an angel, a saint who walked amongst us.
I think of this man, watch footage of him, listen to his speeches, read his words, feel his compassion, relish in his exquisite command of the english language and his ability to articulate and express his…our…thoughts and emotions…

And I have an absolute love for him.

I also feel like crying every time I think of him.  Crying out of happiness and joy that he lived and in the life-force he was, crying in awe of him, crying because of the courage he showed in the face of constant mortal danger along with those who walked, marched, led and stood up with him, crying for  the courage he instilled in million, perhaps billions, of human beings, crying for the barriers he helped breakdown and the fear he must have felt every moment.
He stood up…not only for his freedom, for his families freedoms, but for all peoples freedoms.

To undertake such a huge responsibility, to carry it as well as he did…for generations to follow…for all of us….This is what makes me want to cry.

We all have a tremendous amount to learn from that man, we all as a people owe him a great debt. He was simply one of the bravest men to have ever walked the face.

Im a very spiritual person, my belief is that we all come from a heaven & we will return there when we leave here. We are born into this world, and we will die out of this world…but this is not our home. Heaven, where ever that is…that is our home. That we are all spirits…beings of pure love…and here, as Sting wrote…we are spirit’s in the material world.

I believe we choose to come here, we know we will forget everything when we arrive. We are given a physical vessel to live within, born to humans who came before us who will hopefully guide us based on their experiences to live this temporary life.  What we do in our lives will influence those who follow us here in ways we will never know.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced and advocated love in the face of hatred, who fought the temptation to lash out in anger at those who attempted to hurt him and his loved ones. He demonstrated a different way.
He retained a divine spiritual wisdom, a pure connection to his soul…and it is that connection that he spoke to the world from.
When I hear his words, they break through the barrier of my mind and penetrate my spirit. They speak to the part of me that believes we are all brothers and sisters here.

He had the wisdom to see, then teach, that beyond this mortal life, beyond what he saw, what we all see, we are all of the spiritual. He had a divine connection to his spirit that gave him the clarity of mind to see the following:

We are not a people of many races,

We are a race of people,

We are The Human Race.

And we are, have been and always will be brothers and sisters.

I have included three programs below.

The first is the magnificent “I Have A Dream” speech Dr. King gave on August 28, 1963 to 250,000 people during the pivotal and era defining March On Washington. I don’t know how often I have watched this, but it transports me every time. This is the full speech, I implore you to watch and listen.
The second is a 1965 “Meet The Press” episode featuring Dr. King…
The Third…
The Third program is in 8 parts, it is a 2 hour 30 min documentary that was made 2 years after Dr. King was shot and released for one night only. It features very are footage and is regarded as the definitive documentary on this great man and one of the most important documentaries ever made. Decades past and know one saw this footage, until very recently it was restored and released.  It is available for purchase here…
Below is the trailer and all the videos, the Wikipedia article on the documentary and various images.

God bless Dr. King.

http://www.fandango.com/fplayer/player.aspx?mid=89363&mpsguid=2398824162&dm=3&genre=Documentary,&rt=NR&title=King:_A_Filmed_Record_Montgomery_To_Memphis&w=620&h=349&emb=user

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I HAVE A DREAM“: FULL SPEECH

NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 1965:

KING: A FILMED RECORD… MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS” (1970)

Part I


Part II


FROM WIKIPEDIA:
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis

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Theatrical release poster
Produced by Ely Landau
Narrated by Harry Belafonte
Ruby Dee
Ben Gazzara
Charlton Heston
James Earl Jones
Burt Lancaster
Paul Newman
Anthony Quinn
Clarence Williams III
Joanne Woodward
Editing by Lora Hayes
John N. Carter
Distributed by Kino Lorber
Release dates March 24, 1970
Running time 185 mins
Country United States
Language English

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his non-violent campaign for civil rights and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched, and covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through his assassination in 1968. The original newsreel segments are framed by celebrity narrators Harry BelafonteRuby Dee,Ben GazzaraCharlton HestonJames Earl JonesBurt LancasterPaul NewmanAnthony QuinnClarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward. The movie was produced by Ely Landau. Richard Kaplan was the associate producer in charge of production.

When first released, it was shown in theaters as a “one-time-only” event on March 24, 1970 for one night only. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features.[1] In 1999, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

After its “one-time-only” showing it was occasionally seen on commercial television (unedited and with limited interruption) and for a short period released for home video on the Pacific Arts label and distributed to the educational market by Richard Kaplan Productions. Then for many years it was no longer available and rarely seen. Finally, in 2010 Richard Kaplan who had long felt that KING should be seen by a new generation who knew of it only by reputation, set up a not for profit company A Filmed Record Inc. and produced a DVD using master elements he had stored over the years. A Filmed Record, Inc. released the DVD for home video use on a limited basis and KING was once again available after 40 years of being a “lost” film. In 2012 A Filmed Record, Inc. (with the cooperation of the estate of Ely Landau producer of the original film) entered into an agreement with Kino Lorber giving them world wide exclusive rights to distribute King and to make possible it’s being seen by the largest possible audience. Kino Lorber, Inc. in partnership with The Library of Congress and with the cooperation of the Museum of Modern Art, has restored and remastered the original enabling 35 mm prints and the film is available once again both on DVD and Blu-ray. Kino Lorber and Kaplan are currently preparing a nation-wide commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. It will kick-off with a New York screening of the film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek on August 13, 2013, followed by a screening at Film Forum on August 28, 2013 and will play in 20 other cities as well. Kino Lorber is also launching an educational outreach campaign to provide the 24 minute abridged film, Legacy of a Dream, for free to every high school in America.

Reception

“…deserves to be known as one of the greatest documentaries of all time” – CriterionCast
“A piece of history of immense power” – Los Angeles Times

References

External links

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David Bowie In Memoriam 1947 – 2016

We lost a genius today…Rest In Peace David Bowie

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David Bowie | Sound & Vision Biography


David Bowie | Space Oddity


David Bowie | Modern Love


 

 

David Bowie | Let’s Dance


 David Bowie | China Girl


 

David Bowie | Life On Mars


 

David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust (BBC Documentary)