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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 original band from 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 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 -


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

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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 of Vancouver, was titled "Future City” (aka "Back to the Future”). 

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 posted numerous other reviews - 

The Shape of Light 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux  50th Anniversary Edition

Is Chinese Martial Arts Cinema Underexamined or Undervalued?

Bernard Sumner’s Modest Tales of Joy Division and New Order

The Long March of Pop Offers A Fresh Experience of Pop Art

Warren Commission Report Reveals How Much the JFK Assassination Remains a Mystery

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones Serves as a Crucial Corrective

Count Basie - Swingin’ The Blues  The Rhythm of the 20th Century

Sarah Vaughan - The Divine One Serves as a Fine, if Slightly Underwhelming, Introduction 

How To Live In The German Federal Republic dvd review

Bigger Than Life  dvd review

Blank Generation  dvd review

The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After  dvd review

Frida Kahlo / Jackson Pollock / Andy Warhol  dvd review

Rolling Stones: In The 1960s  dvd review

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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. 

Author 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.

A sequel to the 50 Reasons series - titled Postscript 1968 - examines the context and consequence of further disruptions to the American political scene in the crucial decade of the 1960s. Below is the first episode, which considers the last year of Martin Luther King’s life, as he continued his radical, militant, and principled opposition to economic injustice and the violence of war. This program features narration from guest appearances on Black Op Radio, including Judge Joe Brown, author Jim DiEugenio, webmaster David Ratcliffe (ratical.org), and author/attorney William Pepper.

The Backyard Photos    

This multi-part essay examines the mysterious photographs of the supposed JFK assassin which were leaked to the media in January of 1964. Widely disseminated, the photos were presumed indicative of Oswald’s guilt, but the later revelation he had denounced the photos as fakes encouraged a lasting controversy. Just about every single thread in this incredible story takes one deeper along a maze of supposition and coverup.                                                                        

Part 1-3   What are the Backyard Photos? 

Part 4      Oswald in Oak Cliff

Part 5      Michael Paine and the Backyard Photos

The Zapruder Film

A two-part essay starts from a review of the 2016 book written by the granddaughter of the man responsible for the famous film sequence which captured the JFK assassination. Incredibly, the film was sequestered for almost a dozen years by its corporate owner Time-Life, which had aggressively pursued the rights to its images beginning only hours after the event. The film also had been subject to intense analysis by the top national photographic interpretative centre shortly after Time-Life assumed possession. That this analysis remains shrouded in mystery has contributed to the development of theories of Zapruder film alteration. The veracity of such theories are closely examined in the second part.

review   Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film

discussion  What the Zapruder Film Is (and Isn’t)

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