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PINK STEEL   The somewhat official Pink Steel website resides herein. You are one-click away from text, sound, and ephemera collected from the band’s life cycle 1978-1982.


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The music scene in Victoria from the Pink Steel era is documented in the terrific book ALL YOUR EARS CAN HEAR: UNDERGROUND MUSIC IN VICTORIA, B.C. 1978-1984. This book features profiles of just about every band gtom that time and includes two CDs of great music. Pink Steel gets a page along with many other equally obscure outfits, but the collection is highlighted by The Infamous Scientists, The Neos, and NoMeansNo. Obtain the book. Listen to a few tracks

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Another fine volume is Sam Sutherland’s PERFECT YOUTH: THE BIRTH OF CANADIAN PUNK, which features chapters on most of the local “scenes” including Victoria. This is a great read. Check it out here.

The music video page has some related items of interest.



Former Pink Steel member Pete Campbell continues to blaze his own trail. Ocular Tip produced a promotional video to highlight one of his many endeavours.



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Brief Encounters 17 was held at Performance Works in Vancouver August 31-September 2, 2011. I was paired with visual artist Meghan Currie, and we produced an ode to Alan Watts, ninjas, forests and bicycles.

A review of the show is available online.

The Brief Encounters website fills in more of the picture.

Or see the performance for yourself (see also the film and video page for an alternate version).



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Images from London, England October 2011 during the first week of the Occupy encampment at St Paul’s Cathedral. 




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From late 2012 through 2013, Ocular Tip teamed with Black Op Radio host Len Osanic to produce a weekly web series 50 Reasons for 50 Years. This compendium features many leading researchers, authors, filmmakers, and journalists discussing various aspects of events associated with the assassination of US President John Kennedy. It remains a controversial world historic event, poorly served by established academic and media sources. 


Respected film historian Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford, Whatever Happened To Orson Welles?) contributed twice to the series, including a review of how the mainstream media covered this story, from breaking headlines through years of cautious but unqualified support for the offical story.  McBride examines the institutional biases which inform the presentation of events.


An essay discussing the infamous Backyard Photos - published by LIFE Magazine in February 1964 and speculated on ever since - appears on the Kennedys and King website. It considers the authenticity of the photos, examines the official version of the creation of the photos, and explores the context of the time, place, and persons associated with them.                                                                            part 1-3      part 4     part 5


A review and discussion regarding the Zapruder film



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Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art - compiled and edited by Oliver Hockenhull and Alex MacKenzie - was published by Anvil Press in 2008. An essay contributed to this volume, describing a twenty-year process of documenting the city, was titled "Future City” (aka "Back to the Future”). 





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Blood On The Stage  

An essay written for PopMatters' 35th anniversary reconsideration of Bob Dylan’s 1975 album Blood On The Tracks. A miasma of obsessive detail chronicles the shifting arrangements and lyric revision heard in live performances of songs from the album.


PopMatters has also posted a dozen or so DVD and book reviews


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