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vanishing west: chris darrow 0

chris darrow is (in my circles) the emperor of the inland empire; an axis of the claremont folk music community and prolific member of one of it’s most renowned artistic families. no documentary about the late 60’s -70’s so-cal music scene (20 feet from stardom, pbs’ troubadour, bbc’s laurel canyon, and more) is complete with out some choice chris commentary. generous and inspiring, chris is a multi-hyphenate: multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, session musician, member of several seminal southern california bands (kaleidoscope, nitty gritty dirt band to name just 2) and photographer.

this weekend i went to a reception to celebrate his show, Vanishing West, a selection of his photographs of signage and facades, the kind we take for granted until we look out our car window and see less and less of them, of these days. there are tons more photos in his archive that he intends to compile into a book.

cd, looking forward to that!

(excuse the glare, enjoy the pix!)

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los guys, jp plunier with chris darrow at the reception for his show: Vanishing West, now on view

Monday – Friday December 7th – 11th – 9am – 1pm or by appointment
Friday December 11th – 6 – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday December 12th & 13th – 12noon – 3pm
Monday – Friday December 14th – 18th – 9am – 1pm or by appointment
Claremont Heritage
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. (office)
Claremont, CA 91711
T (909) 621-0848

here are just a few my fav darrow tracks, a soundtrack, if you will, for your own vanishing west road trip.  check out and enjoy more here



the UPsetter 0

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the one, the only lee “scratch” perry. was doing his thing, live and direct, at dem passwords in west hollywood on 4.20.13. his show “repent americans” will be up till june 15. go check it. 

the upsetter, a documentary by the duo responsible for the current show.

an infinite source of audio, visual inspiration and thought provocation, this upcoming  documentary, vision of paradise, also looks very promising.

some bob marley X  lee “scratch” perry



mama africa 0


Okayafrica is teaming up with the 19th New York African Film Festival to co-present the opening night of Mama Africa (Germany, 2011) Weds April 11th at 7:15pm at the Walter Reade Theater (or buy tickets here)

An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fighting racism around the planet. A figurehead of the Black African movement in exile, her music and daily practice incarnated the hopes and fears of Africa through the convulsive 20th century, so that she has come to be considered the voice and mother of the Continent.




journeyman 0

On May 11, 2011, The GRAMMY Museum will debut a new exhibit, Bob Marley, Messenger. Housed on the Museum’s second floor, the exhibit will focus on Bob Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who has inspired legions of fans in the 30 years since his death. Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family.


born at the right time 0


o.g. advanced style phd 0

Advanced Style: Age and Beauty on Nowness.com.

i enjoy our elders and browsing the archives of life advice from old people from time to time.


the upsetter 2


screening 3.25 -3.30.11 @ downtown independent 250 main st. 90012.  213.617.1033



bembeye jazz 1


o.g. humanitarian 0

looking forward to seeing sing your song, a documentary about harry belafonte, the activist.


fat tuesday 1