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Lady Gaga and the Pythian Temple of the Upper West Side

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Gaga Pythian

The Pythian Temple is an historic Knights of Pythias building at 135 West 70th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1927 to serve as a meeting place for the 120 Pythian lodges of New York City.

The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization. and secret society founded at Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. FD Roosevelt was initiated during his presidency.

The Pythians departed the temple in 1958, leaving behind halberds, staffs, magic wands, coffins with skeletons, lanterns, thrones and Egyptian garb, The Times reported.

gaga-chair

This would become baby Gaga’s childhood home in this former secret society temple.

Christopher Gray, writing in the NY Times called it ‘an improbable cradle of rock music’. But he was not referring to the Gaga residence.

He was talking about the fact that Decca Records rented space from the Pythians to create a renowned recording studio.

In 1954, Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock” there, and Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday and others are also said to have used the studio.

All very strange..

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Pythian Temple, New York

Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/realestate/21scapes.html
http://www.celebritydetective.com/Celebrity_Homes_Lady-GaGa-house-profile.html

The drinking song that founded an empire

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John Stafford Smith

Notorious booze artist John Stafford Smith

The Anacreontic Song“, also known by its incipit “To Anacreon In Heaven“, was the official song of the Anacreontic Society, an 18th-century gentlemen’s club of amateur musicians in London. Attributed to the composer John Stafford Smith, the tune was later used by several writers as a setting for their patriotic lyrics. These included two songs by Francis Scott Key, most famously his poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”. The latter combination became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and was adopted as the national anthem of the United States of America, in 1931.

These barristers, doctors, and other professional men named their club after the Greek court poet Anacreon (6th century BC), whose poems, called “anacreontics”, were used to entertain patrons in Teos and Athens. His songs often celebrated women, wine, and entertainment (“wine, woman, and song”).

taken from –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacreontic_Song

Miley Cyrus: Transhumanist Pedobear

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‘Pedobear’ is a meme popularised on the imageboard 4Chan but originated on the Japanese website 2channel as an innocent helpful teddy bear.  4Chan gave the character its paedophile persona designed to mock those with a sexual interest in children and flag dodgy content posted on the boards to moderators.

Noone really knows who drew the cartoon and its copyright free status meant that RCA were not only able to freely use the image in their product ‘We Can’t Stop’ by Miley Cyrus, they also decided to derivatively use Pedobear CC style as the basis for Cyrus’s alter-ego that the world saw on display at the annual VMA Awards Black Mass Mega-Ritual surrounded by her multiples.  We think it’s fair to say she has come a long way since Disney’s creation Hannah Montana and her alter-ego. See what good a little sharing can do?

So this explains the slobbering tongue, ‘inter-generational relations’ and sexually debased and explicit behaviour with her handler and troupe of dancing bears.

That the outwardly respectable mainstream music industry, aimed with military precision primarily at the teenage market like a heat-seeking missile,  is able to revel in its paedo-friendly image even post Savile the Wizard’s exposure reverse trolling the troll kings themselves is an indication of the psy-ops at play underneath the seemingly nonsensical and bizarre stage-shows and public demonstrations of their sonic weaponry that is designed to make the public increasingly uncomfortable, as well they should, particularly parents with young children.

As the lyric goes

It’s our party we can love who we want
We can kiss who we want
We can see who we want

This is our house
This is our rules
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
Can’t you see it’s we who own the night

But maybe we are guilty of indulging in moral-faggotry with our analysis? Maybe  we’re just ‘haters’?

Anonymous were not the first to associate teddy bears with paedophilia. Stanley Kubrick also appears to have used the teddy bear to flag his many references to paedophilia throughout his work which will be the subject of a future post as it is beyond the scope of this document.

A.I. Teddy

The concept of transhumanism has been a recurring meme within the pop industry in recent years and here at the beginning of the show we are greeted with the distressing spectre of ‘Transhuman Pedobear’. This synchs with ‘Teddy’ the super-toy in Kubrick/Spielberg’s A.I.

So Kubrick, Anonymous and RCA, have all used Pedobear as a warning symbol to be on the look out for paedophiles.  In the case of RCA it is called ‘hiding in plain sight’ and placing the onus on the consumer of their products to accurately ascertain what it is they are selling to them.

It is an undisputed fact left largely unspoken in the mainstream media that in the formative years of the 21st century an army of trauma-based mind controlled and brutalized child sex-slaves created by black magicians and psychotic military handlers were idol worshipped and whose increasingly pornographic stripteases provided the light entertainment of choice for the masses.

Are you not entertained?

What will we be treated to at next year’s mega-ritual we can only wonder.  The trend would indicate perhaps the sight of teenage fans slipping green-backs down the stripper’s stockings for turning a few tricks in front of them? As they have told us explicitly

And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop

The ‘mighty maze of mystic magick rays’ that is MTV  is a far murkier place than the imageboards of 4Chan that along with half the blogosphere is just about to vanish before the eyes of British internet subscribers by way of a cheap trick by stage magician David Cameron that rest assured will be relentlessly exposed from a 1000 angles.

Meanwhile the black magicians who control the media will be provided with the world-stage by the corporate broadcast television networks with the critics neatly tucked out of sight behind The Filter. But The Filter won’t really make anything disappear, it is just an illusion. When the stage magician wants you to miss what the left hand is doing he shows you a distraction with his right.

We see this as fundamentally unfair that sanctimonious twerps like Cameron can reduce all the hard work of a growing segment of the people’s voice to a mere lazy check-box that he knows is unlikely to be unticked due to his knowledge of ‘nudge theory’.

We see this therefore as an alien concept being introduced into British society that will not be tolerated.

Savile-with-teddy-bear

Pop Paedo-Magickian Jimmy Savile with teddy bear.

 

Experiment IV

by 5ocietyx

We were working secretly
For the military.
Our experiment in sound,
Was nearly ready to begin.
We only know in theory
What we are doing:
Music made for pleasure,
Music made to thrill.
It was music we were making here until

They told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It’s a mistake in the making.

From the painful cry of mothers,
To the terrifying scream,
We recorded it and put it into our machine.

Then they told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It’s a mistake in the making.

It could feel like falling in love.
It could feel so bad.
But it could feel so good.
It could sing you to sleep

?”I’ll bet my mum’s gonna give me a little toy instrument!”?

But that dream is your enemy.

We won’t be there to be blamed.
We won’t be there to snitch.
I just pray that someone there
Can hit the switch.

But they told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It’s a mistake we’ve made.

Hmm hmm hmm, hmm hmm hmm.
And the public are warned to stay off.

Kate Bush

Artpop meets Popart in the mighty maze of mystic magic mirrors

by 5ocietyx

ARTPOP-lady-gaga
Lady Gaga’s third studio album is due for release on 11 November 2013. (You can be sure the 11 11 timing  was no coincidence and is probably conducted with military precision).  The concept album that wants to be an artistic movement borrows heavily from its inverted predecessor Pop Art.

Gaga described the album as being a “reverse Warholian experience.” The Warholian experience is a direct reference to artist Andy Warhol, whose philosophy was to take popular things and make them art. Gaga’s goal with ARTPOP is to do the opposite of this.

Peter-Blake, Butterflies

Butterflies, Peter Blake

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Magical Mystery Tour: Peter Blake’s Artbus

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Magical Mystery Tour: Peter Blake’s Artbus

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Peter Blake

Whether it’s pop imitating art or art imitating pop, recurring themes appear in both genres including Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, and pseudo-occult symbols as well as the focus on primary colours.

papparazzi-gaga-cover phone10 Peter-Blake

Marilyn by Warhol

Marilyn by Warhol

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Gaga MarilynThe more things change, the more they stay the same..

Syd Barrett and Richmond Hill

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Syd-Barret-Richmond

One of the rock myths of west London that circulated T’hinternets a while ago was that the co-founder of The Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, was often seen wandering the riverbanks of Richmond during his acid meltdown.

Yet this particular urban legend would appear to have some credibility because Barrett did actually live on Richmond Hill with fellow band member Rick Wright during this time.

Barrett also cites a girl he saw wandering round Richmond as his inspiration for the song ‘Apples and Oranges’.

Barrett returned to Cambridge to live with his mother after his breakdown and reverted to being called by his birth-name Roger.

One of the problems Barrett faced was the fact that even if he did attempt to make a musical comeback and turn his life around wherever he went, particularly in the music world, people would forever remind him of Syd.

A less plausible rock myth involving Richmond Hill is that Mick Jagger lives there but has anyone ever seen him there? Jerry Hall has lived there since their divorce and according to recent news stories is negotiating with Jagger to keep the house for herself and their children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett

The Ealing Jazz Club and the genesis of the Rolling Stones

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Rolling Stones Ealing Jazz Club

The opening of the Ealing Blues Club by Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies in March 1962, is generally regarded as the pivotal moment when British Blues developed its own identity. British musicians played the blues and were given an opportunity to see other British artists playing the music for the first time. Prior to this date the growing interest in the Blues had been fostered by Jazz musicians, such as Chris Barber who had brought some of the leading Black American artists to the U.K. for the first time.

By the end of 1962, the club had overseen the creation of the Rolling Stones who were brought together by Alexis Korner and played there over 20 times. Eric ClaptonRod Stewart and Pete Townshend played Ealing, as did many other members of future bands that would later take the rawer sound of ROCK to the world.

The Ealing Club and Blues Incorporated led directly to the early 1960’s British Rhythm and Blues Boom, which created the more intense sounds that were to influence so many. This included the Beatles, who had already opened the gates in the U.S. for the next wave of British bands. Groups such as the Rolling StonesCreamThe Who,Manfred MannThe YardbirdsJohn MayallThe Pretty ThingsFleetwood MacThe Animals and Free, to name but a few, all participated or were heavily influenced by the scene generated by the Ealing Club.

British Rhythm and Blues would soon spread to other London venues notably theCrawdaddyEel Pie IslandThe Flamingo and the Marquee. Here in Ealing the foundations for this movement were already set in stone. Ealing resident Pete Townshend would develop feedback on his guitars at the first Who gigs at the Oldfield hotel (Greenford). He practiced his auto-destructive art on the Marshall speakers sourced locally in the first Marshall shop in Hanwell.

His inspiration for destruction of guitars and amplifiers came from art classes attended at Ealing art school, where subsequent students would also include Ronnie WoodDavid Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

As a showman and musician Jimi Hendrix would be deeply influenced by the music of The Who and their contemporaries, even deciding to purchase his amplifiers from the Marshall shop in Hanwell.

Perhaps the following quote from the Keith Richards biography “Life” from 2010 says it all:

“Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner got a club going, the weekly spot at the Ealing Jazz Club, where Rhythm and Blues freaks could conglomerate. Without them there might have been nothing”

Source: http://www.ealing-club.com/ealingclubhistory/

The club is also noteworthy as the place where on 7 April 1962, Alexis Korner introduced Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Brian Jones, and the nucleus of The Rolling Stones first came together.

Other regular musicians at the Saturday night sessions included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Charlie Watts, Graham Bond, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Paul Jones. Manfred Mann (originally the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) also played there.The Who played there early on in their career, when they were known as The Detours. Eric Burdon (lead singer of The Animals) and Eric Clapton also frequented and sang on stage at the club.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ealing_Jazz_Club

Eel Pie Island: The Birth of Rhythm and Blues

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Whilst the birth of British beat and rock music is often associated with the Beatles and the Liverpool Sound of the early 1960s, this quiet corner of West London had an equal and enduring influence.

Taking the grittier sound of R&B and fusing it with their love of electric Rock and Roll, white surburban teenagers began to define the shape of British and international popular music.

In the 1960s The Eel Pie Hotel (on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham) and the Richmond based Crawdaddy Club and National Jazz Festival, along with myriad smaller live venues provided the showcase for performers who have become household names.

The Eel Pie Hotel

The Eel Pie Hotel has a long pedigree. It was a 19th century tourist attraction and in the 1920s and 30s it hosted ‘tea dances’ on its sprung dance floor.

From ‘tea dances’ to ‘jazz dances’

With its louche atmosphere, junk shop owner Arthur Chisnall saw it as an ideal venue for weekly jazz dances featuring George Melly, Ken Colyer and Kenny Ball. Many jazz greats performed here.

Succumbs to Rhythm & Blues

Eel Pie Hotel succumbed to R&B music very early. Many R&B legends performed here – Cyril Davies’ Rhythm & Blues All Stars, Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men (with Rod Stewart), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Eric Clapton), the Downliners Sect, the Tridents (featuring Jeff Beck) and of course The Who and The Rolling Stones – all performed on the Island between 1962 and 1967.

Decline and mysterious fall

In 1967, Eel Pie Island was forced to close because the owner could not meet the £200,000 worth of repairs which the police had deemed necessary and squatters soon moved in. In 1969, the Club briefly reopened as Colonel Barefoot’s Rock Garden, welcoming progressive bands like Black Sabbath and the Edgar Broughton Band. In 1971, after a demolition order, the Eel Pie Island Hotel burnt down ‘in mysterious circumstances’.

Source: The Twickenham Museum

There is a 'Birth of Rythm and Blues'  exhibition on 29 September in Orleans House

There is a ‘Birth of Rhythm and Blues’ exhibition on 29 September in Orleans House

Eel Pie Island

Artist’s studio on Eel Pie Island

Loveshack Eel Pie Island

Loveshack: one of many artist studio’s on Eel Pie Island, a hippie commune isolated from the mainland and frozen in time.

Eel Pie Island

The Isleworth Elvis

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Vince TaylorVince Taylor, born in Isleworth in 1939 as Brian Maurice Holden, was a British rock and roll singer. As the frontman for The Playboys, Taylor was successful primarily in France and the Continent during the late 1950s and early 1960s, afterwards falling into obscurity amidst personal problems and drug abuse.

According to David Bowie, Taylor was the main inspiration for Bowie’s character Ziggy Stardust.

Due to his relative obscurity and short career, Taylor remains an enigmatic part of west London’s Rock n Roll history.

The ‘Marshall sound’ of Hanwell

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Marshall MG50DFX Guitar Combo AmplifierMarshall MG50DFX Guitar Combo Amplifier

Marshall MG50DFX Guitar Combo Amplifier

As mentioned in the ‘Hendrix in Hounslow High Street‘ post, west London was the epicentre of Rock music in the Sixties and Seventies.

As if it were a mysterious monolith that had landed from Saturn, the plain black cube of the Marshall amp was created by the Acton born Jim Marshall who owned a music store in Hanwell frequented by Richie Blackmore, Big Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend.

He also taught drums to  Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Micky Waller (Little Richard) and Mick Underwood (The Outlaws).

It took Marshall six attempts to create an amp he was happy with, creating what later became known as “the Marshall sound” that revolutionized rock music.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Marshall_(businessman)

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