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Pat Thomas signs "LISTEN, WHITEY! Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975" at The Booksmith in SF, 4/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 15, 2012 04:46pm | Post a Comment
Listen Whitey Sounds of Black Power Pat Thomas Booksmith Amoeba San Francisco

On April 10, 2012 at 7:30pm, our friends at The Booksmith will host reissue producer/music scholar Pat Thomas for a signing of his new book LISTEN, WHITEY! Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975 and the companion album (out now on Light in the Attic Records), which is being called the definitive Black Power aural document!

Over a five year period, Pat Thomas befriended key leaders of the seminal Black Power Movement,Elaine Brown Huey P Newton Black Forum Motown Records dug through Huey Newton’s archives at Stanford University, spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on eBay, and talked to rank and file Black Panther Party members, uncovering dozens of obscure albums, singles, and stray tapes. Along the way, he began to piece together a time period (1967-1974) when revolutionaries like Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael were seen as pop culture icons and musicians like Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon were seen as revolutionaries.

LISTEN, WHITEY! chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records; from 1970 to 1973, Motown’sBlack Forum Motown Records Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum, released politically charged albums by Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, Bill Cosby and Ossie Davis, and many others, and explores the musical connections between Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Graham Nash, the Partridge Family (!?!) and the Black Power movement. Obscure recordings produced by SNCC, Ron Karenga’s US, the Tribe and other African-American socio­political organizations of the late 1960s and early ’70s are examined along with the Isley Brothers, Nina Simone, Archie Shepp, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Clifford Thornton, Watts Prophets, The Last Poets, Gene McDaniels, Roland Black Forum Motown RecordsKirk, Horace Silver, Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, Stanley Crouch, and others that spoke out against op­pression. Thomas further focuses on Black Consciousness poetry (from the likes of Jayne Cortez, wife of Ornette Coleman), inspired re­ligious recordings that infused god and Black Nationalism, and obscure regional and privately pressed Black Power 7-inch soul singles from across America. The text is ac­companied by over 200 large sized, full-color reproductions of album covers and 45 rpm sin­gles, most of which readers will have never seen before.

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The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls: SF ShEvil Dead vs Berkeley Resistance - March BADness, 3/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 14, 2012 03:35pm | Post a Comment
Bar Area Derby Girls March Madness Bad girls

The B.A.D. Girls return to San Francisco on March 3st at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion, Pier 2. Longtime B.A.D. Girls fans will remember last season’s nail-biter when the Berkeley ResistanceShevildead defeated the S.F. ShEvil Dead 182-112.

Will the wily and wicked ShEvil Dead army of zombies defend San Francisco from the Berkeley Resistance hippies? Or will peace and flower power once again stifle the stink of the Dead?

Enjoy the brutality while indulging in tasty local eats and throwing back a cold one. 

Berkeley Resistance

Checkout the goods and grub in the vendor village featuring Cruz Skate Shop, Leppard Lady Fashions, Dottie Brand Accessories, A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes, Schulzie’s Bread Pudding, Senor Sisig & Donna’s Tamales!

Be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win an Amoeba swag bag including a $25 Amoeba Music Gift Certificate

Soweto Gospel Choir – African Grace, April 5th in SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 8, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present  Soweto Gospel Choir on AprilSoweto Gospel Choir CIIS San Francisco 5th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
8:00PM
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
$25/$35/$50/$75
Get tickets HERE or call 415.392.4400
Group discounts available for 10 or more!

"(The choir) has a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend.....the music was both meticulous and unstoppable.....the songs were both spirited and spectacular" - New York Times

They're back! With their vibrant dance and dynamic vocal harmonies, the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is a worldwide phenomenon. The choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The twenty-six-member-strong ensemble draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, South Africa. The choir has performed to sell-out crowds at major concert halls across the globe, and alongside such superstars as Bono, Queen, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. The ensemble is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
CIIS

Don't miss your chance to see the dynamic Soweto Gospel Choir!
Get your tickets today!


The Creators Project Brings Two Days of Art & Technology to SF, 3/17 - 3/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 6, 2012 02:35pm | Post a Comment
Creators Project San Francisco Yeah Yeah Yeahs Zola Jesus

What a perfect love connection! The Creators Project comes to San Francisco—the world’s epicenter of technology and innovation— for a colossal two-day art and technology festival featuring towering multimedia art installations, live music performances, film screenings, and panel discussions. They will be kicking off the 2012 event series with a heck of a weekend celebration on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th at the historic Fort Mason. And it's FREE with RSVP!!

Now get a load of the line-up for this weekend of fun:Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O Nick Zinner
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 bring the post-punk rock from beloved creators Nick Zinner and Karen O, fresh off their recent psycho-opera collaboration, Stop the Virgens

Squarepusher debuts his new live show, marking one of his first US performances in more than seven years.

HEALTHThe AntlersZola JesusShabazz PalacesThe Hundred in the Hands, and Teen Daze will also perform, plus an audiovisual spectacle from Chinese punk rock band New Pants alongside visuals from Feng Mengbo’s Bruce Lee VJ Project. 

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Mix Masterpiece: Yoshi's San Francisco's Monthly Art Expo, 3/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 6, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Mix Masterpiece Yoshi's San Francisco

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:00pm - 1:30am
Yoshi's San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St.
FREE!
Full Info HERE!
Reply on Facebook HERE!

Yoshi's San Francisco is hosting a multi-media extravaganza of talented Bay Area artists. These cutting-edge artists will have their fresh work on display and some for sale. It is FREE to the public with proper DJs and drink specials to boot. Old Russian Embassy House of Legends San Francisco Matthew Dara

Here's the superstar line-up!

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House of Legends: The Old Russian Embassy 
Footage from the documentary by Matthew Dara Alavi

Souls of Splendor 
Trailer and clips from the short film by Audra Wolfmann & Desmond MillerSouls of Splendor San Francisco Desmond Miller Audra Wolfmann

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