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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I really like this post on the value of art as a shared experience . The blog Flyover: Art from the American Outback makes the connection between the rewards of pop culture/water cooler talk and the rewards of talking about high art, using the example of a shared memory of an extraordinary performance of Shakespeare's Richard III .




Tony Wilson, from So It Goes


On a related note, I received an email forward from a friend about the death of Tony Wilson . I knew there would be a collective *sigh* among the email recipients -- based on the realization that a man who witnessed, reported on, and championed so much beloved and seminal music has died.

His show So It Goes gave The Sex Pistols their first television appearance. His Manchester label Factory Records featured several important bands, including Joy Division and New Order .

The film 24 Hour Party People was also based on Wilson's life. Rent it over the weekend, or dive into the music collection as a way of tribute. Talk about it with your friends and co-workers. He deserves the collective recognition.

David Sasaki
August 14, 2007 at 07:03 AM
There is a great moment in the Jeff Tweedy documentary "Sunken Treasure" where he tells the audience to stop shouting and talking among themselves and to start sharing the experience of the concert. I think that's why so many of us love going to concerts even though the quality of the music is always better on disc - there' something about experiencing it right there in a room full of dozens or hundreds of other people ... I think Bridgette is also right on about the appeal of big media. There was a strange appeal of Mexico only having two major TV stations - you could actually talk about media at lunch and not just by forwarding link and link on email. -----

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