Monday, September 1, 2008

"This is on for your education...
we're gonna re-educate you."

Via Jen Graves at SLOG, The Guardian has posted its list of the top fifty arts videos on YouTube. James Dean and Paul Newman screen testing for East of Eden, Jack Kerouac reading from On the Road, Nirvana practicing in an Aberdeen garage circa 1988, Marcel Duchamp's Anemic Cinema, Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul TV Special – the list is heavy. Here are two videos that make 1970s New York City feel like a small town:

Martin Scorsese's 1973 short on the inspiration for Mean Streets:


And Jean-Michel Basquiat on Glenn O'brien's TV Party, 1978:


48 more things to look at here.

1 comment:

Pops said...

Tripping through the "50 Greatest Arts Videos" lead me to another time. A few days ago, your blog about the current political activity before the elections and the hope that Obama brings to the process was reminiscent of our hope for change in the 60's. Baez and Dylan doing "With God On Our Side" then scrolling down to "Blowin' In the Wind" rekindled those thoughts and memories. Some 40+ years later, the hope is still alive and well.