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“For the next five years, Mingus was sunk in gloom. The young people who’d followed him at the Five Spot had moved on to the wilder shores of free jazz and rock, and he felt abandoned. He stopped recording and hardly touched his bass. He became a photographer, wandering around the Village on a bicycle with a dozen cameras strapped to his chest. The amphetamines and diet pills he relied on to keep his spirits up and his weight down didn’t seem to work anymore: he grew fatter and more depressed. He kept tear-gas bombs and shotguns in his studio, fired holes into the ceiling, and spoke of plots against him by the government and the mob. He pissed into juice bottles rather than the toilet, in case the authorities were investigating his urine for signs of drug use. The owner of his flat, which was an illegal sublet, tried to evict him. When Mingus withheld his rent in protest, the police came to kick him out. “I hope the Communists blow you people up,” he said as they took him away, his eyes welling with tears.”


Sources:

1. Charles Mingus painted by Debra Hurd.
2. Text from An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus.
3. Thomas Reichman’s 1968 documentary Mingus. A close up portrait of the jazz legend during those dark years mentioned above.

HOW TO PICK MUSIC FOR PEOPLE ON LSD, FROM A SCIENTIST WHOSE JOB THAT IS»

‘Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it’s not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that listening to music can actually affect the LSD experience on a neurological level—and they have brain scans to back it. Mendel Kaelen, a PhD student in neuroscience at Imperial College, has led several studies investigating the combined influence of music and psychedelic drugs in human trials.”

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Children’s Guide To Racist, Sexist, Totalitarian, Xenophobe, Douchebag Shadow Puppets by Jesse Ladret

Eric Chang ran highlights from Donald Drumpf’s presidential candidacy announcement in July 2015 through Google’s Deep Dream A.I with a picture of Cthulhu and achieved truly demonic results.

YG & Nipsey Hussle “FDT” (Fuck Donald Trump)

R.I.P. MERLE


Merle Haggard – Mama Tried

If a man is considered guilty 4 what goes on in his mind then give me the electric chair 4 all my future crimes.

Prince | Electric Chair

[Image: Electric Chair | Andy Warhol]


Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa


VINTAGE SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT FROM THE 50’S, 60’S & 70’S

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Hound Dog Bug Detector And Phone Sweep Unit, 1950’s/1960’s

The Hound Dog Bug Detector And Phone Sweep was state of the art portable countermeasures for the 1960’s. If you owned a set, almost every detective agency in town wanted to see it and “barrow them.” They were made by R. B. Clifton and cost what would be about $2000.00 for the set by today’s standards. The Hound Dog was a portable RF bug detector which is shown on the left. The Phone Sweep was a tone sweeper that would let you remotely sweep a phone to turn on any hidden microphones which the unit could then detect. This was state-of-the-art countermeasures for the 1960’s. There were many countermeasures services that offered remote tone sweeping of telephone lines in these days. There were some agencies that even offered monthly remote tone phone sweeping services for a monthly fee.

Via Spy & Private-Eye Museum.