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Jack Kingston, The Canadian Playboy

The British Archive of Country Music has added Jack Kingston to their roster: JACK KINGSTON The Canadian Playboy CD D 296. One of the cool design features of B.A.C.M. CD releases is their graphic CD imprint which simulates a 45.

B.A.C.M. 45 style CD imprint

An earlier article I showed you a little bit about restoring screened images with one of the images I restored for this B.A.C.M. CD. As it turned out, they selected this image I restored for the cover of their CD release of Jack’s music.   (I’m not surprised because this is clearly a better portrait.)  Click on it to see the original.

A a black & white photograph pf Jack Kingston at a CHML radio microphones of the day is inset in a colour photograph of a lonely prairie that forms the background image.

It is great to see B.A.C.M.’s commitment to preserving and restoring this music that was originally recorded on 78’s. During the golden age of Canadian Country music, Jack Kingston was a very successful Canadian recording artist. A talent contest led to his launch as a CKNX Barndance Headliner, and he had a long and successful career appearing on CHML’s Mainstreet Jamboree radio show, appearances on television and many recordings.

Unfortunately, Jack Kingston is not very well known today. Although he was an important Canadian star, my guess is that Jack’s music remained locked behind copyright until fairly recently, yet the copyright holders never saw fit to release his music on CD. You’ll find very little about him on the Internet; most references to Jack Kingston refer to the other Jack Kingston, the politician of the same name. Unfortunately I fear that a lot of great music is lost because by the time the music comes into the public domain, nobody remembers the artist. Fortunately this deficiency has now been rectified by B.A.C.M. who have given Jack’s work a new lease on life.

But Jack Kingston was lucky to be Canadian recording artist since copyright terms run much longer in some other countries. The danger of very long copyright terms is that if no one is left alive who remembers the art or music, there is no one to keep the flame burning. By the time the work reaches the public domain there may be no one left alive who cares to publish it. That’s bad for society, bad for our culture, but most especially it’s bad for the artist. More than anything, most artists want their art to live on.

You can order the B.A.C.M. recording here. In the meantime, if you’ve never heard Jack Kingston’s music you might want to check out this nicely done music video I found on YouTube:

It’s good to that the work of this important contributor to Canadian Culture is not going to be lost forever anytime soon. Thanks B.A.C.M.

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Art Films #101

Art can be a lot of fun. I’ve assigned this article the number #101 because I have a sneaking suspicion this is not going to be the only post on this subject.

For our first look at art films, lets take a peek at some artists in action.

Artist Brad Blackman pointed me to this first film… Ahhh…. Here we have that incredible showman Pablo Picasso giving a painting lesson:

You have to remember that Picasso was every bit as good at selling himself and his ideas as P.T. Barnum was.

Picasso leans on art vase

Pablo Picasso portrait by Yusef Karsh, National Gallery of Canada

And then there is the incomparable Salvador Dalí. Did the word “surreal” exist before Dali did? I doubt it.

Writing at a desk made of a live woman in a yoga “desk” configuration

Mad or not, any way you slice it Salvador Dali was magnificent.

I found this excellent thumbnail take on surrealism in a YouTube comment about Un Chien Andalou:

There’s not supposed to be a point. Bunuel and Dali, in true surrealist fashion, wrote the script based on dreams they’d had. The surrealists weren’t interested in plot. They were interested in chaos and getting people to think in non-conventional ways.”

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For one of the most exceptionally… uh… artistic films of all time, you should check out the bizarre… you might even say “surreal” 1929 film that Dali made with Luis Buñuel Un Chien Andalou Part 1 and if you get through it, Un Chien Andalou Part 2. But in the meantime, I love this film clip showing an “older and wiser” Dali, showing off his work and explaining why he’s a bad painter:

Alright I admit it… that was a demonstration of Dali hamming it up. World class ham.

Yes indeed, Dali was different. Weird, even. But definitely interesting. And I think some of his art was amazing, while some is dreadful. Of course, you and I might well disagree as to what is dreadful.

But I think that this film is an excellent Dali tribute:

Because first and foremost, Dali was an artist. A very good one. was certainly one to push the envelope, and was. like Picasso, a supreme showman to the tips of his toes. If anything, Dali’s personal mystique may have eclipsed the art he created.

The first time I heard of Kinestasis was in film school. The word comes from the combination of two mutually exclusive words, which translate into “moving” and “still”, the idea being the creation of cinematic movement from still photographs. This can be achieved through a combination of camera movement and motion created through photographic sequencing. Possibly the most famous example of this technique was the antiqued photograph montage in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

La Jetée poster

Much as I love Butch and Sundance, nearly a decade earlier Chris Marker made an entire film using this technique. It’s also one of my favorite science fiction films, and certainly my favorite art film of all time, this kinestasis film called La Jetée. Marker’s short black & white film is composed almost entirely of black and white still photographs. (There is one brief moment of movie film.)

You can find inferior quality copies of this film online, but I have to recommend buying the beautiful Criterion Collection version of La Jetée. Criterion has done a beautiful restoration job.

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Muto poster

I’m not the only one who thought La Jetée is an amazing film; Terry Gilliam was so taken with it it inspired his film Twelve Monkeys (Note: You haven’t seen Brad Pitt until you’ve seen him in this. Damn that man can act.) The first time I watched Twelve Monkeys I didn’t like it. I found it irritating, I think because of both how close and how far from the original it was. Watching it a second time, I was able to watch it for itself without making comparisons. I found Twelve Monkeys brilliant.

I have one last film to offer here, but before I do I have to tell you that this is one seriously amazing artist. Blu is an incredible artist working in graffiti. Or is it mural? Which is awesome enough. But add to the incredible murals that blue does are the films made in conjunction with some of the murals.

It is possible to get sucked into the artist blu’s website; I’m sure I could spend hours or days watching all of the blu films available on YouTube. Blue is not simply an animator, and not simply an artist, but both. What more fitting way to end this first look at Art Film?

For a good initial look there is this incredible Metamorphosis film, MUTO

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Lothlaurien’s CIRA contest Entry

Today is a red-letter day at Lothlaurien Lore with back-to-back blog posts.

My contest entry video needed it’s own post, and my video editing rant sure needed to be separate 🙂

I worked very hard to put this little film together. Even with the technical difficulties, it pretty much does what I want it to do, so I’m pretty proud of introducing


CIRA is the Canadian Domain Name Registry.  Canadians wishing to have a Canadian Domain Name can register their websites with CIRA. Today is the last day to enter the CIRA video contest to help Canadians promote their own DOTca websites along with the DOTca registry.

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