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Diving Into the 1980s Mod Scene with Photographer Paul Hallam

We spoke to Hallam about his new book, Odds & Sodds , a collection of photos from the early-80s mod scene.

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Critiki’s Ten Best Tiki Bars in the World 2017

These are the ten best tiki bars found in the world today, as rated by the best tiki experts around: the members of Critiki. Critiki is a travel guide and historic archive of Polynesian Pop culture…

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The Reef Lounge - John McGehee

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The Best Tiki Albums To Get You In The Mood For Tiki Oasis

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Hong Kong Hustle best blog in HK | Hong Kong Hustle

Hong Kong Hustle - the best blog about music, fashion, nightlife, art, film, culture and cool in HK. Your guide to the city!

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Jaded In Chicago

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Classic San Diego Tiki - ClassicSanDiego.com

Polynesian-themed restaurants and tiki bars from the San Diego area’s past and present. How many of theses classic San Diego tiki joints do you know?

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The Mod Generation

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Modern day Mod UK - BBC News

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This Teen Took Candid Photos of the 70s' Biggest Rock Stars

Photographer Brad Elterman relives his glory days of shooting David Bowie, Joan Jett, Bob Dylan, and KISS.

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We Had a Teen Interview High Schoolers About Their Music Tastes

The biggest takeaway is that trap music can help with your homework.

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Black Flag documentary on artist Raymond Pettibond

Documentary which largely focuses on the artwork side of Black Flag. Interviews with Keith, Chuck, Henry, Raymond and for some reason Flea. If you're into fl...

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British Mods and Rockers of the 1960's

An entertaining and informative one hour BBC program about the 1960's Mods and Rockers. Clarifying the relationship between the two youth groups. The documen...

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The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts

No racists of fascists are welcomed here! : )

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East LA Youth Culture mini doc

This mini-documentary is a student project by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, prepared for the Visual Research Methodologies Course at Claremont Graduate University. I...

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The Auction House Buzzwords New Collectors Need to Know Search Home Museums Artists Articles Show Guide Art Fairs Galleries Auctions Artists Artworks Shows Galleries Museums Fairs Auctions Magazine More Artists Artworks Shows Galleries Museums Fairs Auctions Magazine About Artsy Artsy for Galleries Artsy for Museums Artsy for Auctions Artsy for Education The Art Genome Project Life at Artsy Jobs Press Contact Artsy Log in Sign up The Auction House Buzzwords New Collectors Need to Know Artsy Editorial By Isaac Kaplan Mar 15th, 2017 11:50 pm Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s. As a share of the population, the number of people who participate in fine art auctions is miniscule. To an outsider (that is to say, most human beings), the rituals of an auction—from paddle waving to forking over thousands for a work of art—are intimidating enough. And then there’s the language, a lexicon with its own nuances and auction-specific meanings. While we may not be able to get you a seat to the evening sales at Christie’s or Sotheby’s, we can help you understand what they’re talking about. Here’s a breakdown of a few terms to know and, more importantly, what they tell us about how the auction market operates, so you can understand what exactly is going on when an auctioneer bangs his or her gavel. ____________ Chandelier Bid What does it mean? A chandelier bid is a phantom bid, acknowledged by an auctioneer who often pretends to see someone raise a paddle in the back of the room, pushing up the price in an effort to stimulate interest in a lot. Seems a bit shady. Despite attempts to ban the practice, which auction houses prefer to call “consecutive bidding,” it is entirely legal so long as the bidding is below the minimum price for which a consignor would sell the work—a figure known as the “reserve.” Auction houses will disclose that such bids may occur through disclaimer text in the catalogue or an auctionneer’s announcement. New York Assemblyperson Richard Brodsky made chandelier bidding and other art market regulation a personal passion, introducing several bills to outlaw phantom bidding over the course of his tenure in the legislature, which ended in 2010. Brodsky argued chandelier bids inflate prices by tricking buyers into thinking there is real market interest in a piece, and symbolize an overall lack of transparency in the art market. The bills faced opposition from auction houses and republican legislators, and they never became law. Why do auction houses want phantom bids? They have two main reasons. The first is that the appearance of fervent bidding stimulated by such bids creates tension and drama in the auction room, potentially coaxing buyers to lose sight of reason and wave their paddles with abandon. The other more important reason is that the fake bids hide the reserve price. Without chandelier bids, auction houses say they would have to start bidding at the reserve, thus making it public. Once collectors know what a consignor would settle for, they might be reluctant to bid above that price, thus hampering the market. For that reason, auction houses have warned that legislation to outlaw chandelier bids would push business from New York to places where the practice is legal, such as London. ______ Burned What does it mean to “get burned”?   A work of art is burned when the price fails to meet the reserve at auction, therefore going unsold. What else do I need to know about it? Don’t get burned. Fair enough, but why?  For one thing, a consignor may have to fork over a seller’s fee to the auction house even if the work doesn’t sell. And more importantly, general wisdom has it that once a work of art is burned, its value decreases, because there is now a public record of a lack of interest in a particular piece. Who wants to buy a piece of art no one else wants? If this mentality spreads beyond one piece and to an artist’s output, their entire market could crumble. Does burning actually have a real impact on prices?  Most people in the art market will say yes. And some academic resear

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    San Diego's Art Scene Can't Stop Asking Itself: 'What's Wrong With Me?' - Voice of San Diego

    For years, folks have been organizing panels and discussions on why San Diego doesn't have a more vibrant arts scene. Here are 10 points that continually resurface in the arts world's neverending soul-searching quest.

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    9 Reasons To Bring Back Cocktail Parties (PHOTOS) | The Huffington Post

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    The Real and the Fake: Polynesian Culture and How We Perceive It

    A piece from NPR asking if tiki bars are “harmless fun or exploitation” started making the rounds yesterday—it’s good timing, as I’ve had an article brewing in my head for a…

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    Real Mod World

    Website in English and Spanish dedicated to Mod culture: its history, music, scooters, fashion, news and events.

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    Huck Magazine – Radical Culture

    HUCK is a global magazine exploring the many facets of radical culture, be it surf, skate, snow, music, art, activism, pop culture, the environment and the world beyond.

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    Art makes Hermosa Beach a beacon to the punk art world

    Art, Hermosa Beach, newsletter - Hermosa Beach will become a beacon to the punk world, Leadership Hermosa boardmember Jani Lange predicted on the unveiling of artist Daniel Inez utility box tribute to Hermosa's punk bands.

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    The Birth, Death and Rebirth of Tiki

    Tiki drinking first bloomed after Prohibition, and now—after a protracted decline—it has returned, integrated into the larger classic cocktail canon.

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    1976-1978: CBGB's House Photographer Seminal Shots

    David Godlis was eyewitness to the 1970s New York punk scene. These are just a few of his seminal shots!

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    Interview with a Bookstore: San Francisco's historic City Lights

    Lost ducks, beatniks, and sex in the storeroom: we kick off a new series from Literary Hub exploring iconic bookstores, with one of America’s most famous, City Lights

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    The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

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      Hidden San Diego®

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      How Much Do You Really Know About Punk Rock?

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      A former member of Black Flag has won an Oscar

      Kira Roessler wins for Best Sound Editing.

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      How Punk Rock Infected Every Form of Art | NOISEY

      The four-letter word has impressed itself across all of creativity, despite its excess use since the days of the Dolls and the Pistols.

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      How Punk Rock Infected Every Form of Art | NOISEY

      The four-letter word has impressed itself across all of creativity, despite its excess use since the days of the Dolls and the Pistols.

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      Long-buried photos at the Geffen Contemporary resurrect L.A. punk's primal days

      For a few years starting in the early 1980s, two artists, Brian Tucker and Nikki Tucker, distributed their photo-zine, FER YOUz, anywhere that Los Angeles punk rockers were gathering.

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      Geography of '80s Punk Rock L.A.

      Turn the clock back to the late '70s and early '80s and you will find a different Los Angeles.

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      The Ed Sullivan Show - 'The Beatles FIRST APPEARANCE on The Ed Sullivan Show' - FULL Show, includes the ORIGINAL Commercials. (Aired February 9, 1964) - Video Dailymotion

      FULL show, includes the ORIGINAL Commercials. Ed's Opening. The Beatles-All My Loving,Till There Was You, She Loves You. Fred Kaps-Card and Salt Shaker Trick. The Cast of

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      The FER YOUZ Archives: The Lost Photos Of LA’s Hardcore Scene...Have Been Unearthed -

      One of the biggest influences in my life was this wild hardcore kid that was around 6 years older than me and played in the band America’s Hardcore. I remember

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      Unearthing lost images from LA’s hardcore scene

      Peep a selection from thousands of images that have spent 30 years holed up in a garage

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      Willamette Week — Portland News, Movies, Music, Restaurants, Arts

      Alternative media for Portland, Oregon. Investigative news and culture. Food, concerts, movies, bars and cannabis.

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      Bucket o'Blood :: Books & Records :: Buy, Sell, Trade. Chicago

      We buy, sell, and trade used books and records. Specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, literary fiction, popular science, creative non-fiction and biographies

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      Loaded Will Stop Booking Bands and It's a Bigger Loss Than You Think

      The L.A. rock community was rattled and ranting louder than usual yesterday on social media, when it was announced that the live music side of Hollywood rock bar Loaded would be closing for good end of next month due to rent increases. (The bar side will

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      The Department of Style

      Here at The Department we're unabashed fans of Washington DC. It is a city of diversity, history, contradictions, beauty, tragedy, and style. We're comfortable there, whether it be the wide avenues and museums along the Potomac or the energy of a U Street

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        This 1981 ABC News ’20/20′ Report On The Rise Of Rap Music Is Equal Parts Fascinating And Hilarious

        This actually may be mainstream America's introduction to rap/hip-hop music, and for that alone it belongs in a time capsule.

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        Boy Howdy! A documentary film on 'Creem' magazine is in the works

        The rock and roll magazine CREEM (1969-well, depends who you talk to) is a strong part of the Detroit area's cultural legacy. I used to buy...

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        2015 Tiki Gift Guide for the Holidays - $20 and Under

        Now that Thanksgiving is done, it's full speed ahead to the holidays. In this annual gift guide, I like to spotlight a few fun tiki finds from the last year or so. They're fairly easy on the pocket...

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        Best of Chicago 2015 | Chicago Reader

        Critics' Picks and readers' poll vote winners in Chicago Arts & Culture, Food & Drink, City Life, Music & Nightlife, and Goods & Services

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        Gray-Haired Granny? An 85-Year-Old Writer Goes Punk Rock Instead

        When novelist Anne Bernays became a great-grandmother, she dyed her hair bright blue. She says young people tend to treat the elderly as if they're dumb,

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        The Paris Attacks In My Vibrant, Multicultural Neighborhood

        The author reflects on the Paris neighborhood he knew growing up in the 1980s, a place he prized for its diversity, including a sizable Muslim community.

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          Legendary S.F. stripper Carol Doda dies at 78

          Carol Doda, who helped take stripping out of the sleaziest margins of American society and won worldwide fame as a topless dancer in the 1960s and ’70s, has died in San Francisco of complications related to kidney failure. The city has always embraced t

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          All 4 Band Members have Down Syndrome & They’re Punk as F*ck! {Video}

          The members of this 4-piece punk band from Finland all have Down Syndrome. Some of them are on the autism spectrum as well.

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          17 Of The Coolest Towns In America

          The coolness of a town varies by opinion, but for us, these American small and mid-size cities have a lot going for them. Whether they boast historic downtowns, innovative local economies, stunning natural landscapes or awesome cultural diversity, these p

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          12 Insanely Awesome Creations Built With Beer Cans And Cases

          A beer man, a beer ship, a beerphon... You just gotta see it to believe it. Submit your own Natty Creation for the chance to win $10,000. Contest ends November 2.

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            Hipsters unite: 5 hipster paradises in the United States

            From Brooklyn to Portland: 5 American cities that are perfect places to hang out for hipsters.

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              The Enduring Appeal of Stealing Tiki Mugs

              Tiki has always been about fantasy, but some drinkers go as far as taking home a souvenir from their boozy staycation inside a tiki bar.

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              What’s the deal with Seinfeld bashing?

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              Saturday Morning TV Memories 1964 - 1976 !!!

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                Classic '60s & '70s TV Commercials

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                  Fate Of Che Café At UCSD In Extended Limbo

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                  Mods and Rockers Rebooted BBC Documentary 2014

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                      These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights | VICE | United States

                      New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman got unprecedented access to around 200 members of the Mongrel Mob. We asked how he did it.

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                        The Munsters S01E26 Far Out Munsters (Full Episode)

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                        10 Things the CBGB Movie Got Wrong

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                          West Coast cast of HAIR -

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                            Buy the San Clemente Estate Where Richard Nixon Orchestrated War and Spied on Surfer Magazine’s Founding Father.

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                            JACK KEROUAC on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW with Steve Allen 1959

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                                The history behind Leonard Nimoy’s Vulcan salute

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                                          MST3k 817 - Horror of Party Beach

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                                          Judge Rules In Favor Of Eviction Lawsuit Against CHE Café at UCSD

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                                          (ACT 1) MCKAMEY MANOR 2012

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                                              Radio Paradise

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                                              The 10 most hipster neighborhoods on Earth

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                                              Jello Biafra on Politics, Brooklyn, and Wesley Willis

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