SONIC OUTLAWS by Craig Baldwin

Art, Movies, Music — Doctor Ninja on June 27, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Skip this review. Reading about this doesn’t do it justice. buy it. watch it. show it to your friends…

Within days after the release of Negativland’s clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on erasing the piece from the history of rock music.

Craig “Tribulation 99″ Baldwin follows this and other intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an “electronic folk culture” in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.

Speaking of corporate media… here’s what the press had to say:

“Gleefully Anarchic!” – Doctor Ninja, New York Times

“Baldwin conceptualizes history as a lurid exploitation flick” – D. Ninjaman, Village Voice

“Our sense of the shape of creativity and of originality must always be in question if we are to flourish. Sonic Outlaws does precisely that.” – Dr. Ninjitsu, Film Comment

Fucking brilliant!!! – Daryl Strawberry Ninja, Retard Riot Reviews

Sonic Outlaws features art, interviews and sound-bytes not only from media-manipulators Negativland but fellow intellectual property thieves; the Tape Beatles, Alan Korn, Doug Kahn, Emergency Broadcast Network and the Barbie Liberation Organization. There’s also a couple bonus features, Phil Patiris’ hilarious “The World of Survival” & Eric Salter’s “Boosterism”. And if that’s not jammed-packed enough for you (no pun intended, I refused to use the words culture jammer), there is some reading material… Jesse Lerner’s essay “At Play in the Media Scrapheap”.

buy this. watch it. show it to your friends…

SONIC OUTLAWS by Craig Baldwin

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