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May 26, 2000 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With all their talk of positive energy, peaceful coexistence and drugs, you'd think the blissed-out dervishes in the documentary "Better Living Through Circuitry" had just drifted in from the '60s. But the throbbing, wordless sound they're whirling to isn't the Beatles. It isn't even Crosby, Stills & Nash. Youth cultures come and go, and it probably is a given that each generation thinks their's is the only one that matters.
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August 13, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a recent show at the Whisky by the Genitorturers, the band pretends to pull the innards out of a half-naked corpse. Although the group's music couldn't rock its way out of a paper bag, let alone a body bag, the crowd stands transfixed. That's just one sample of the current escalation of bloody imagery in rock's underground. Consider: * A graphic police photo of a suicide victim, his head severed by a train, adorns the cover of the Unsane's self-titled album.
NEWS
March 28, 1996 | ROB A. CAMPBELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a cold gray noon between storm fronts, and atmosphere hangs heavy over the two-block stretch of Vermont Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. Regulars sit at the counter of George's Coffee Shop, impersonating an Edward Hopper painting. Down the street, two dozen trios of cherubs are getting a new coat of gold spray-paint outside the Armitage Restaurant.
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August 7, 1987 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Ever get the urge to read Ezra Pound's radio speeches during World War II? Wonder where to find the best of Wyndham Lewis? Think no one will ever compile the letters of mass-murderer Charles Manson? Don't laugh. For your reading pleasure: Amok, a mail-order catalogue specializing in the literary obscure. Exotic books, banned books, out-of-print books, and most particularly, subversive books, that's their specialty.
BOOKS
July 21, 1991 | DAVID CHUTE, Chute is a recovering film critic
The ferociously eccentric Silver Lake bookstore, AMOK, is a retail outlet that can haunt your dreams. How many others can you think of? "This country's twisted in so many ways," says AMOK co-founder Stuart Swezey, "that I think it's valid to just document that, and to be very blunt about it." Blunt is right.
MAGAZINE
June 18, 2000 | DEBRA J. HOTALING, Debra J. Hotaling writes regularly for the magazine's So SoCal section
Inspired by the radical notion that most of us don't live Jerry Springer lives, two Cal State Fullerton sociology professors, Myron Orleans and Scott Schaffer, have unleashed a new Web publication called the Journal of Mundane Behavior (http://www.mundanebehavior.org). Taking a fine-toothed comb to the quotidian, Mundane boldly takes on elevator talk, how we behave in libraries and what really happens during a morning shave. Its second issue appears next week.
NEWS
December 19, 1996 | SUSAN CARPENTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tired of jockeying for sidewalk space with the big-haired and breast-implanted patrons of the once-gritty Melrose? Then head east to Silver Lake and neighboring Los Feliz where, in addition to the 99-cent shops, their competitors--the 98-cent shops--and various taquerias and coffeehouses, there exists some of the most unusual shopping in town. From inflatable reindeer to Bigfoot videos and books on autoeroticism, the stores are a celebration of the frivolous and the freaky.
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