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July 9, 2006 | August Brown, Special to The Times
THERE'S a montage in the middle of James Spooner's documentary "Afro-Punk" in which young, African American punk rockers talk about their hair. Particularly, how hard it is to fashion naturally curly hair into the genre's trademark -- a towering mohawk.
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July 9, 2006 | August Brown, Special to The Times
THERE'S a montage in the middle of James Spooner's documentary "Afro-Punk" in which young, African American punk rockers talk about their hair. Particularly, how hard it is to fashion naturally curly hair into the genre's trademark -- a towering mohawk.
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July 16, 2006
IT'S true that African American punks are the ultimate outsiders ["Outsiders, Not Entirely by Choice," July 9]. But director James Spooner's assertion that the D.I.Y. ["do it yourself"] ideals are somehow limited to punk rock and not "embraced" by African American youths is way off. Hip-hop is D.I.Y. personified and fully realized, overflowing with dreamers, visionaries and revolutionaries who've recorded tracks, fashioned a distinct -- not mainstream -- look and launched record and fashion labels out of their parents' garages, a friend's warehouse or on their kitchen tables.
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May 8, 1997 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
It can't possibly surprise anyone that the Royal Opera House in London--where opera or ballet is staged most days of the year, where artists and administrators duke it out the way artists and administrators always do, where big stars parade their big egos the way they always do, where money is an ever-present worry--has its share of backstage dramas.
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