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Portrait of a handsome, young and skinny Marx before weight issues set in. Or Marxism as a simple idea of people helping people to counter what the capitalists had caught on to - that you could stick people in a factory, pay them low salaries and earn a fortune off their labor. By Al Markowitz.

I’ve been waiting for this film since I first heard about it a year or so ago. Forget your preconceived notions, cold war paranoia or the USSR. This movie takes place in the 1840s, long before any of the later revolutions or rise of socialist governments. This film might better have been called “Young Marx & Engels.”

I’m glad to see attention paid to Frederick Engels, a brilliant thinker and a clear writer. Where Marx was a historian, number-crunching economist and systems analyst, Engels was possibly the first modern sociologist. Both researched and described in detail the inner workings, successes and basic problems with the then new economic system of capitalism.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark Band
Glasgow 2018
Latest: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Paris 2018
Latest: Michael Nesmith
San Francisco 2018
Latest: Van Morrison
Los Angeles 1973
Latest: AC/DC
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD9 of 14]
The Netherlands 1979
The Ventures [Nokie Edwards R.I.P. 1935 - 2018]
Reseda, CA 1981
Richie Havens
Albany 1996
Wallis Bird & Band
Graz, Austria 2017
Laura Nyro
San Francisco 1990
NDR Jazz Workshop, Hamburg 1965
Luther Allison
Paris 1977
Austin Limits Hall Of Fame 2017
Spice Girls
Birmingham 1998
Rolling Stones
Paris, June 7, 1976
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD8 of 14]
Columbus 1978
Jefferson Starship
St Louis 1974
Frank Sinatra
Royal Festival Hall, London 1970 (Early show)
Sunflower Bean
Philadelphia 2018
James Gang
Fillmore West 1970
Sarah Lancman
Paris 2018
Hall and Oates
Boston 1980
Jazzbaltica All-Star Band
Germany 2017
Bob Marley & The Wailers
London 1976
Rolling Stones
Paris, June 6, 1976
Marlon Williams
Amsterdam 2017
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD7 of 14]
Boston 1978
Rolling Stones
Paris, June 5, 1976
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD6 of 14]
London 1977
The Who
Cleveland 2000
Brandi Carlile
Santa Monica 2018
Joni Mitchell
Philadelphia 1974
Gregory Porter
Paris 2017
Bruce Springsteen
Asbury Park 2003
Eric Clapton
Osaka 1974 (First Night)
Rolling Stones
Paris, June 4, 1976
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD5 of 14]
San Francisco 1977
The Who
Atlanta 2000
Brian Auger
Montreux 1972
John Gorka
Oldenburg 2017
Angel Olsen
Santa Monica 2017
Ingrid Laubrock
Moers 2017
Grateful Dead [John Perry Barlow R.I.P. 1947 – 2018]
New York 1976
Hammersmith Odeon, London, May 8, 1971 (first show)
Chip Taylor
The Netherlands 1973
Rolling Stones
LA Forum, July 13, 1975
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD4 of 14]
Cleveland 1977
The Who
Sacramento 2000
Benjamin Booker
Philadelphia 2017
Grateful Dead
Winterland 1978
Hugh Masekela R.I.P. 1939 - 2018
Dortmund 2015
Barbara Hendricks
Lugano 2000
John Fahey
Zabriskie Point Sessions 1969
Leonard Cohen Tribute, Montreal 2017
Rolling Stones
LA Forum, July 12, 1975
Rolling Stones
LA Forum, July 9, 1975
Rolling Stones
LA Forum, July 11, 1975
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Fort Lauderdale 1977
Jackson Browne
Osaka 2017
The Who
Mountain View 2000
Denver 1979
Cypress Hill
France 2017
The New Barbarians
San Diego 1979
Jacob Collier and Fat-Suit
Glasgow 2017
Eric Clapton
Charlotte, NC 1978
Dame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne
New York 1979
The Fall [Mark E Smith R.I.P. 1957 - 2018]
New York 1981
Kaptain Kopter (Randy California)
Los Angeles 1972
Stephen Stills
Havana 1979
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD2 of 14]
Sydney 1977/Nashville 1978
Judas Priest [Dave Holland R.I.P. 1948 - 2018]
New York 1981
Hugh Masekela R.I.P. 1939 - 2018
Texas 2013
Neil Diamond
BBC Electric Proms 2010
Amsterdam 1977

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


ROIO Of The Week
AC/DC - The Complete Soundboard Collection With Bon Scott 1976-1979 [WLR-2149, CD5 of 14] Live at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; September 3, 1977. Very good KSAN broadcast. Notable for the inclusion of Up To My Neck In You and Kicked In The Teeth.
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The Revolutionary Poetry of Ho Chi Minh

"The body is in jail/ But the spirit, never." For Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese struggle for liberation was as much about the reclaiming the lost spirit of a people as it was about reclaiming lands. By James Pinnock.

The Vietnamese people know him as Uncle Ho and he is a figure of tectonic importance in modern history. He was an unassuming and highly intelligent colonial subject of French Indochina who fled Vietnam and travelled the world. He campaigned, debated, and studied with prominent socialist revolutionaries in France, the Soviet Union, and even the United States of America.

Returning to Vietnam, he masterminded a guerilla resistance that successfully repelled the French imperial regime, Japanese invaders and, finally, the greatest military superpower in human history, the United States of America. His story and the story of his movement is one unrivalled in modern history.

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The Bird And The Bro: The Politics Of 'Lady Bird'

"What would they do if they found out we were through/ With the little lies and the downtown aggravations", from the 1976 TV movie, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. These days TV movies don't even come close. Paul Williams wrote the song "What Would They Say". That people matter. By Natalie Shapero.

“It’s my tradition to run for office,” announces the title character in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. “Don’t worry - I won’t win.” In spite of any associations the title might conjure, this acclaimed recent film has nothing to do with Lady Bird Johnson. But it might instead call to mind the political life and legacy of a very different former first lady.

The film follows a pink-haired high school senior with a desire to make history, living out a hardscrabble adolescence in Sacramento in 2002. A significant portion of the plot involves the teenage Lady Bird’s process of articulating her identity through a series of hapless romantic encounters.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
No Room For Compromise: Hugh Masekela R.I.P. 1939 - 2018
Rest well freedom fighter, your music will continue to inspire those who have never surrendered. By Horace G Campbell.
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Music And Mayhem: Guthrie & Dylan Confront A System That Kills Its Own
The punters of the new pop scene hardly notice what's happening around them. All they see is the glitter in their eyes. But there was a time before when young men noticed inequality and poverty. They wrote songs about it as if to say "See what your greed for money has done". Nowadays everybody wants to be rich and famous. To forget the past is to risk your future. By Lee Ballinger.
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Listening To Fukushima
Fukushima, Satoko Fujii's new album, reviewed by David Yearsley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Yahoomans in Paradise: Where The Weird Things Go
"Well, I'm a barrel of laughs with my carbine on/ I keep 'em hopping until my ammunition's gone/ But I'm still not happy/ I feel like there's something wrong/ I got the revolution blues." - Written in 1974, Neil Young's Revolution Blues is getting real. By Randy Shields.
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American Carnage
If the Columbine shooting (1999) was a tragedy, what word do you use to describe the 436th school shooting since then? By Jeffrey St Clair.
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Terrified Of Bitcoin, Banks Forced To Innovate For The First Time in 40+ Years
The internet is the new Rock 'n' Roll. It has disrupted and is now disrupting the staid financial and banking sector. Are you prepared for the disruption? By Simon Black.
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The Commodification of Art and the Illusions of Capitalism
Pandering to the public - what happens when an artist sells out. By Jason Holland.
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Israel’s Bullying And Intimidation Tactics Will Not Silence Us
For all her effort, Lorde didn't get a performance slot at the 2018 Grammys. Go figure. By Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs. [In 2017, Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is of Palestinian heritage, wrote an open letter to Lorde that called on her to “take a stand” against Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. The women called on the New Zealand singer to “join the artistic boycott of Israel” and cancel the show.]
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The Marwaris In Satyajit Ray’s Films: ‘Outsiders’ In Bengali Psyche
The representation of the Marwari in Bengali literature or cinema has mostly been as corrupt businessmen. It is therefore interesting that some of Satyajit Ray's best films, including Mahanagar (1963), Charulata (1964), Kapurush o Mahapurush (1965) and Nayak (1966), were produced by RD Bansal, a Marwari film producer who predominantly produced Bengali films. It has to do with history and how the Marwari businessmen were perceived by the Bengalis in social life. Film critic Amitava Nag explains.
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The Tomato Pie Awards: Top Ten Movies of 2017
Read this year-end list to get a glimpse of the new generation gap. The dying light of idealism against the gleam of powerful pragmatism. By Randy Shields.
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The City In Cinema: From 'Calcutta' To 'Kolkata'
Cities take on unique perspectives in cinematic vision. Many legendary Indian directors from Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak to Mrinal Sen, have all tackled the city of Calcutta. Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the capital of the British Raj till 1911. The importance of the city started declining since the capital shifted to Delhi. The great Bengal Famine of 1942 and the Partition of India (rather of Bengal and Punjab) in 1947 pegged the city further back. The prosperous film industry, thanks to the New Theatres studio, also started dwindling in the late '40s with a fleet of technicians and directors flocking to the shores of the Arabian Sea in Bombay (now Mumbai). By Amitava Nag..
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Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Movie Reviews
Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It
Is this the Black film Blacks have been waiting for? By Andrew Stewart.
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The Shape Of Water
Dir: Guillermo Del Toro
There are no limits to love... or hate. Film review by Kim Nicolini.
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The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir: Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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