#instawrimo day 11: tools of the trade ➡ all of these things, plus the internet (so helpful), plus my huge stack of #researchbooks I keep in the corner, plus #googlemaps.
listen, I know I'm late as usual but let's just acknowledge the fact that I showed up at all this time ok!!!!
the project is, as usual, #bondlockau. will I ever be writing another thing???? probably not. but I'm hoping this year's nano can help me finish it.
Reading this for some research and damn it is really interesting. Dunno if I’ll recommend it yet but it was recommended to me by the most wonderful @authorsaiswaroopa so I’m guessing it’s going to be amazing.
The Desolation Center shows in the mid-80s, were mythic precedents for what came to be known of as festival culture. At that time unknown bands and punk art cabals like Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic & more all jumped on crowded buses with their fans to roll out to the Mojave for these punk psychedelic bacchanals. Stuart Swezey, also known for the indispensable Amok Journal, Amok Publishing and Bookstore in LA in the 80s and 90s was getting squeezed by cops & convention trying to promote underground punk shows in LA. He got the idea of taking it all out into the desert. I heard about the shows from friends at SRL and it was one of the things in our minds when we took Burning Man out to the desert in 1990. The movie that Stuart is making about these truly pivotal events will be a must see. You can help fund the completion of this very important (and super entertaining) historical film on the Seed and Spark fundraising page. You’ll find a link to this page on my Instagram front page. Burning Man’s earlier iterations were much more of an anarchist event than a happy hippie hug fest. Check out one of the things that influence that culture and so many others.