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Earthquake Country: The Grateful Dead in the Land of Myth

The Grateful Dead’s attitude toward American musical traditions was not simply a veneration of roots but an appreciation of roots for the new uses that could be made of them. For them the old music was a place where the profane time of contemporary America opened out into story, allowing room for imagination. The old music suggested things to them that that psychedelics affirmed and amplified.

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Artistic Independence and Social Media: Interview with DIY Multimedia Icon Jean Smith

Feminist multimedia artist, singer, and writer Jean Smith – best known as the singer in the iconic underground rock band Mecca Normal – quit her part time job to sell her paintings online. As she shares her latest paintings on Facebook, she allows her fans to follow the rapid evolution of her work. This is the second in a series of interviews with artists working through Facebook to reach audiences.

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The Everyday, Eclipsed: Oregon Eclipse Festival Review

From August 17—23rd, 2017, 30,000 participants joined an international cast of artists and crew for the Oregon Eclipse Festival. It rivaled Burning Man in its physical size and artistic scope, with a long list of performing bands and DJs, a multitude of interactive installations, workshops and lecture spaces, circus acts and performances.

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An Introduction to Love Potion #9

An excerpt from Tony Vigorito’s third novel, “Love and Other Pranks”: “He had this earnest notion—and if you ever heard him tell it, you’d believe it just the same as if he was telling you that the sun is bright—he had this notion that LP9 was sent here direct from the godhead, that it was actually the prophet Elijah heralding the dawn of Christ consciousness.”

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Love Is the Solution to Being Human

An excerpt from Tony Vigorito’s third novel, “Love and Other Pranks”: “Do you ever wonder if you are shadow puppets of some much larger theater of experience?” An unknown, unexpected, and terribly deep voice very suddenly resonated from the far corner of the screened patio.

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Lost and Lonely in Cataclysmic Mystery

An excerpt from Tony Vigorito’s third novel, “Love and Other Pranks”: “Merlin was certain he’d met the female version of himself, and he was in love, baby, in love like a fool in fretless free fall off a blackfoot daisy–bedazzled cliff, and my is that breeze refreshing! Sure, he was now an accessory to grand larceny, but that was nothing compared to this infraction.”

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Flame Dirt Rust Silk: An Interview with Filmmaker Xander Stewart

Southern filmmaker photographer poet Xander Stewart creates art with friends in what up until now has been a fairly private way. Xander will be traveling to Los Angeles soon, not only as a filmmaker screening at Platinum Shorts but also for a group photography exhibit at Lethal Amounts, the prestigious DTLA art gallery.

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