A series of lively, deep and often hilarious interviews conducted by Lydia Lunch, one of the most vocal spoken word artists of this or any century and Tim Dahl, musician and general know it all.
In 1951 David Amram started his professional life in music as a French Hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra. He moved to New York in 1955 and played French horn in the legendary jazz bands of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Oscar Pettiford.
In New York, David performed with friend Jack Kerouac and composed the scores for many films including Pull My Daisy, and The Manchurian Candidate. He’s currently working on the fourth, to be entitled David Amram: The Next Eighty Years.
Miron Zownir began taking pictures during the punk years in West Berlin. Later, Miron moved to the United States, where he captured the subcultures of places like New York. In 1995 Miron went to Moscow, to document the homeless crisis in the city, a tragedy he felt could not be ignored. His often heartbreaking and dark images have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. His title “the Poet of Radical Photography” bestowed upon him by writer Terry Southern is apt even today.
In 1969 Fayette Hauser co-founded the avant-garde experimental theatre troupe The Cockettes. Fayette performed, designed costumes and extensively photographed the troupe until the group's demise in 1972.
In 2002 directors David Weissman and Bill Weber directed the documentary on the Cockettes, aptly titled The Cockettes. This past May Fayette's book The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969 - 1972 was published by Process Media. The book recounts her memories from her time in the troupe.
Martin Rev along with his band mate Alan Vega were two of Lydia's first friends in New York City. The sounds created by Martin and Alan are some of the era’s most influential. In fact, their band Suicide is often recognized as the first group to ever describe itself as punk.
In 1977, the duo released the self-titled debut album, which is still recognized as one of the decade’s most important. Suicide's music informed a lot of the noise, industrial, synth-pop, electro and techno that came after them
Melvin Gibbs is a Grammy nominated songwriter and musician. His many achievements include playing with Ornette Coleman, being a member of the bands Defunkt, Decoding Society, the Sonny Sharrock Band, Rollins Band as well participating in Power Tools with Bill Frisell and Ronald Shannon Jackson. Melvin is a long-time member of the band Harriet Tubman, whose record The Terror End Of Beauty was cited as the best jazz album of 2018 by the New York Times.
In 1997 Mark Ames founded the now infamous Moscow independent weekly The Exile. Mark and co editor Matt Taibbi quickly became Moscow media celebrities. The paper was known as much for the content, which was a combination of serious reporting and scurrilous satire of the Kremlin elite, as it was for wild stunts. By 2008 Mark had irked many in Vladimir Putin's orbit and he was risking jail time if he stayed Russia. He returned to the US. Mark currently lives in Rochester New York with his wife and children