Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Recorded February 12, 2002.
This is a recording of the Berkeley Community Board meeting that was part of a censorship battle on BTV, Berkeley’s public access cable TV channel. This meeting was at the beginning of an almost year-long fight. WE WON! Once the ACLU got involved and threatened to sue the City of Berkeley, the proposal disappeared ... and the adult programming continues to play on B-TV uncensored after 10pm.
Here is the censorship item that was being contested:
26. Scheduling of Adult and Sexually Explicit Programming on Public Access Television
From: Councilmembers Armstrong, Hawley and Olds
Recommendation: Direct the City Attorney to develop an ordinance that regulates the hours during which Berkeley’s local public access television station may schedule programming self-described as “for adult viewing” and/or “sexually explicit.”
Contact: Polly Armstrong, District 8, 981-7180, Mim Hawley, District 5, 981-7150, Betty Olds, District 6, 981-7160
Here is Frank’s speech:
Here is the link is an archive of the censorship battle on BTV:
Posted by Michael LaBash at 1:12 PM
Friday, September 23, 2016
Originally we had planned to do a documentary about Frank's life and work because we have so much footage and so many photographs. But we did not want to do a "normal" talking head style documentary. We realized that Frank had already written a biography of sorts in his book, "Art of a Shaman" so we decided to try to use that as the "script" for the video. We decided to see if we could get people who were important to Frank and had played a part in his life to each read a chapter of the book. After drafting the email and sending it out we were blown away at the immediate response and the project took off. We assigned chapters to readers using the random principle ... as Frank loved to do ... pulling a piece of paper with a chapter number written on it from a bag as we read a person's name.
Once we had all of the recordings of the readings and added up the time, the documentary was going to be at least 3 hours long ... and it was going to take a really long time to put together. We then had a eureka on a walk one day.... we could put each chapter out on the web as we create them ... as episodes!
Several musicians are now creating "background music" for each episode.
Way back at the beginning, when we first had the thought of even doing a documentary about Frank, we asked Vinnie Spit Santino if he would write a song for it, without any idea how we would use it ... or what we were even doing with the documentary. Vinnie wrote the amazing "Let Me Be Frank" that will be the opening song for each episode ... and the title of the series!
Thumbnail photo by Linda Mac.
"Art Of A Shaman" Chapter 4 text: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/ArtShaman/artsham4.html
Follow the Let Me Be Frank Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/letmebefrank
(in order of appearance)
Piano by Frank Moore.
An excerpt from a live performance,
“Sing Along, Jam Along, Play Along, Dance Along,
Rub Along, Move Along with Frank Moore”
for Leslie Baker's Salon, Montreal, Quebec, Canada via Skype
Recorded March 10, 2012
“Let Me Be Frank” (the song)
written, arranged, performed and produced by
Vinnie Spit Santino
recorded, mixed and mastered at Vinali Creative Group, Van Nuys, CA by
Vinnie Spit Santino
Vinnie Spit Santino - lead vocals, all guitars, bass
Frank Moore - vocals on bridge
Rebecca Kyler Downs - backing vocals and all harmonies
Gary Ponder - drums
Drake Peterson - trumpet
Tony Rinaldi - trombone
Chapter title animation music:
by Michael LaBash
by Sander Roscoe Wolff
Chanted by Michael LaBash
excerpt from “Body Music”
performed by Frank Moore’s Chero Company
Leigh Gates, Michael LaBash, Alexi Malenky & Rourke Smith
written by Jerome T. Youngman
performed by Mutant Press
from the album “Strung Out On You”
500 Pound Weasel Records
performed by Father of Skins
Closing credits music:
“Jesus Was A Punk”
written by John the Baker
performed by John the Baker with Slimy Penis Breath
from the album “LIVE”
“To Be Free”
written and performed by Tha Archivez
Charles R. Knight [Public Domain]
Dave Swan’s Dog House
Betty Boop: “Minnie The Moocher” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Betty Boop: “I Heared” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Three Stooges: “Disorder In The Court” [Public Domain]
Life and Passion of Christ (1903) [Public Domain]
Stock footage: Mitch Martinez www.mitchmartinez.com
Editing, Animation, and Title Design:
Linda Mac & Michael LaBash
Thanks to all of the readers so far ...
Dr. Susan Block
John the Baker
Dr. Richard Kerbavaz
Vinnie Spit Santino
Linda Carmella Sibio
And thanks to all of the musicians who have created and contributed music for this project so far …
Father of Skins
Vinnie Spit Santino
Sander Roscoe Wolff
Jerome T. Youngman (Mutant Press)
Thanks to the crew at Coffee Conscious for keeping us going!
Thanks to Vinnie Spit Santino for the title!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:54 AM
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Recorded September 6, 1995
In 1995, I actually got Dirk to come over to the house for the following interview. It was supposed be Part One. But he died before Part Two. He is that kind of guy.
Interview with Dirk, Pt. 1
In the late 70s, Dirk Dirksen “produced”/booked the shows at the North Beach new wave club, The Mabuhay Gardens.
During the rehearsals of my play, Glamour, when the strip joint got unbearably boring after hours upon hours, I took a walk along Broadway, into what then was the West Coast hardcore punk center, the Mabuhay Gardens or the "Fab Mab". Since I did not have anything else to do, I asked the gruff manager if I could do my next production at his club. To my surprise, Dirk Dirksen was a visionary who, instead of seeing a crip asking for a hand-out, saw me somehow as a misfit artist perfect for his new wave cabaret. Dirk gave me a sheltered theatre for six years, with complete artistic freedom and moral support. The first production was a raping of a high-brow comedy, Meb, which I turned into a multi-media farce, full of camp, nudity, sex, violence and rock n'roll. The straight playwright walked out in horror, the club owner wanted us out, and only a handful of people came. But Dirk wanted to extend the run. He loved it.
Interview transcript: http://www.eroplay.com/dirkseninterview.html
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:00 PM
Recorded May 2, 2002 at University Hall, University of California, Berkeley.
Here is the poem that Frank wrote for this class:
NO CAN NOTS
by Frank Moore
Sunday, April 28, 2002
Talking to future healers
& maybe future
muckrakers & troublemakers
Not really future
You are doing IT
I’m not talking to the future guards
Of the corporate normalcy
Armed with can nots,
Limiting futures from birth,
Enforcing coloring only within the lines,
Enforcing doing everything
THE RIGHT WAY
THE NORMAL WAY
Posted by Michael LaBash at 11:58 AM
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