Songs of Innocence and Experience: Experimental Visions—1960s Rock & Roll Films
Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh (Map it)
Songs of Innocence and Experience: Experimental Visions—1960s Rock & Roll
Friday, October 6 7pm
--- ------- (aka The Rock n Roll Movie) (Thom Andersen & Malcolm Brodwick, 1967, USA, 16mm, 12 min.)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (Jud Yalkut, 1966, USA, 16mm, 10 min.)
Coming Down (Pat O’Neill, 1968, USA, 16mm, 4 min.) Print Courtesy of Academy Film Archives
Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969, USA, 16mm, 11 min.)
TRT: 36 min.
This program, presented in conjunction with the Block Museum’s exhibition William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, explores the influence that the energy and musicality of Blake’s poetry had on a range of countercultural and rock musicians in the 1960s, and on several of the experimental filmmakers who utilized their music. Thom Andersen and Malcolm Brodwick’s cryptically-titled --- ------- (aka The Rock n Roll Movie) is an explosive, almost primal, music film, aided in large part by its dynamic editing. Jud Yalkut’s Turn! Turn! Turn! is a work of visual and sonic sensory overload, as he films light and electronic sculptures. Coming Down, made by optical printer wizard Pat O’Neill, is another proto-music video featuring the experimental music group The United States of America. Experimental film master Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother is his most scathing pop-culture compendium, featuring satanic burial rites for a cat, footage of the Vietnam War, and a deliberately discordant Moog soundtrack by Mick Jagger.