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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 -



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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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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”). 






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 - 


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

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

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.


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   What are the Backyard Photos / Was the Imperial Reflex actually Oswald’s Camera? / Did Marina take the Backyard Photos? 

Part 4  Oswald in Oak Cliff

Part 5  Michael Paine and the Backyard Photos


A review and discussion regarding the Zapruder film - 

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

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





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