The West Coast premiere of the Velvet Underground and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, in 1966? Lenny Bruce and Anita O'Day waiting to score? James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, the Black Panther Party and other good-souled political activists doing what needed to be done? CHARLES BRITTIN was there, and these are his never-before-published photographs, as curated for Arthur's readers by KRISTINE MCKENNA.
He plays guitar and he writes/sings songs like you've never heard. He's also 21 and has got a certain elfish charm. Ladies and germs, DEVENDRA BANHART, as witnessed by scribe GABE SORIA and shutterbug SHAWN MORTENSEN.
Depressed? Hair falling out at age 23? Having sex with your cousin? "I know all about that stuff!" says Arthur's new advice columnist, 78-year-old bluesperson T-MODEL FORD.
Language as incantation, the art of the cut-up, larval culture, neural re-wiring and what does it feel like to live in a post-authorship world: all in a Sunday afternoon's teatime with visionary artist-provocateur-human GENESIS P-ORRIDGE and hotshit media theorist DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF. Photos by SHAWN MORTENSEN.
In an exclusive excerpt from his new autobiography, legendary Brazilian musician CAETANO VELOSO takes us to the political, cultural and hallucinogenic frontlines of authoritarian Brazil, 1968. It's all here: tanks, ayahuasca, street protests, witchcraft cults, and of course, Veloso's fellow Tropicalistas, the musicians Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes.
Self-described desk-bound journalist SUE CARPENTER finds out firsthand and feet-first how women are transforming the 21st-century circus. With photographs by LAUREN KLAIN.
Plus: Comics by Kevin Huizenga, Jordan Crane, Anders Nilsen and James Kochalka, and a drawing by Sammy Harkham.
Britwit-novelist STEVE AYLETT revisits the legend of pulp fictionist/"rogue maniac" Jeff Lint, author of One Less Bastard and creator of The Caterer
Byron Coley & Thurston Moore sort the pepper from the bugpoop in underground recordings, performance, poetry and text;
Peter "Piper" Relic remembers JAM MASTER JAY.