Laurie Spiegel - Appalachian Grove I (1974)
Laurie Spiegel (born September 20, 1945 in Chicago) is an American composer. She has worked at Bell Laboratories, in computer graphics, and is known primarily for her electronic-music compositions and her algorithmic composition software Music Mouse. She also plays the guitar and lute.
Spiegel, who attended Shimer College, Brooklyn College, and Oxford University, received a degree in social sciences and went on to study composition with Jacob Druckman andVincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School. Her early musical experiences were largely self-directed, beginning with the mandolin, guitar, and banjo she had as a child, which she learned to play by ear; she taught herself Western music notation at the age of 20, after which she began writing down her compositions.
Spiegel was seen by some as a pioneer of the New York new-music scene. She withdrew from this scene in the early 1980s, believing that its focus had shifted from artistic process to product. While she continues to support herself though software development, Spiegel aims to use technology in music as a means of furthering her art rather than as an end in itself.
Euphoria by Vince Collins
Men In The Cities 1979
Charcoal and graphite on paper
Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972)
Architectural critic Reyner Banham explores Los Angeles in this 1972 BBC documentary
“Peter Reyner Banham (1922 - 1988) was a prolific architectural critic and writer best known for his 1960 theoretical treatise Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) and for his 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. In the latter he categorized the Los Angeles experience into four ecological models (Surfurbia, Foothills, The Plains of Id, and Autopia) and explored the distinct architectural cultures of each ecology.”
Donna Summer - Bad Girls (1979)
Prior to being a studio building for artists, Foundation Bad was a girls school from the 1950s until the mid 1980s. Here’s a slideshow with some choice pictures from the building’s girls school days - Thanks to Bert Krus for finding these
80 Blocks from Tiffanys (1979), Dir.Gary Weiss
“The gangs in the South Bronx (about 80 blocks from Tiffany’s in more ways than one) are handled with kid gloves in this one-hour treatment by Gary Weis. The more articulate members of the Savage Nomads and Savage Skulls are interviewed while the less articulate minorities who incongruously brandish swastikas are glossed over. Aside from gang members venting about “social injustice” and cops, there are interviews with the police, a priest, and some community workers. In general, the documentary indicates that this one small part of the U.S. would gladly be engaged in a mini-civil war if left to ferment on its own. ~ Eleanor Mannikka,”
Get Carter (1971), Directed by Mike Hodges
Get Carter is a 1971 British crime film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a gangster who sets out to avenge the death of his brother in a series of unrelenting and brutal killings played out against the grim background of derelict urban housing in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The film was based onTed Lewis’ 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home, itself inspired by the real life one-armed bandit murder in the north east of England.
The film was Hodges’ first as a director; he also wrote the script. The production went from novel to finished film in eight months, with location shooting in Newcastle and Gateshead lasting 40 days. It was produced by Michael Klinger and released by MGM. Get Carter was also Alun Armstrong’s screen debut.
magazine chose it as the greatest British film of all time.
All The Presidents Men (1976). Alan J Pakula
8 Academy Award Nominations; 4 Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Sound