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Sense or DENSE*

What makes sense in your head?

Well I guess that depends on what you know to begin with.

It amuses me to think that the only reason I think the way I do and write for that matter is because of what I have been exposed to. Especially when some of what I have been brought up to believe I strongly disagree with. Everything about me is reflective of what I am aware of and continue to recognise. My influences were basic, mom and dad. Not to say I am anything like a genius.

One thing I will never forget is the first time I consciously managed to find a way to break away from their control too. It was the Hip Hop Grammy Awards 1999. My first little piece of the then growing Counterculture spreading through out the world. Why this is important is because I only starting picking up the swear words in their lyrics around 2001, in an album that had Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Jay Z and Eminem letting loose.

From here I started skateboarding and truly became aware of things that are beyond reason to most people content with modern society and the way in which we go on about our daily business. The culture made me aware of what a jungle we still living in, the busy life people become consumed with in and around the city. It also made me aware of the fun you can have with some heard work, belief and a big imagination- like skating in the same street everyday for 5 years, or changing the world through song.

The Beatles did just that during the peace movement of the 60’s. Their influence on popular culture was, is and will remain untouchable. Robert Greenfield (Rolling Stone) was quoted saying “People are still looking at Picasso… at artists who broke through the constraints of their time period to come up with something that was unique and original. In the form that they worked in, in the form of popular music, no one will ever be more revolutionary, more creative and more distinctive than the Beatles were.’

 

The original 'bad boys'

 

During the 1920 the USA was the major player in popular culture, through Hollywood, Jazz, and Broadway- The American dream alive and well, only later did Rock and roll start to shine.

The Beatles not only triggered the ‘British Invasion’ of the US, but themselves became a globally prominent marvel. Their innovations in music and commercial success inspired the world. Their long hair, new sound and ‘free speech’ in their songs awoke the world to what belief of the masses can do to change the world. They inspired a decade driven by rebellion and peace, and an icon for the idea that the free, really are. Their 1965 Tour of the USA attracted what was then the largest audience in concert history and is a “landmark event in the growth of the rock crowd.”  The 60’s Counterculture was up and RUNNING!

 

Ringo Star, Paul McCarthy, George Harrison, John Lennon

 

 

Their marks of rebellion had a global impact on fashion, gay rights, women’s liberation and environmentalism. They were THE catalyst in the breakdown of conventional society, re-shaping it and giving it back.

The Beatles and the Hippy movement during the 1960’s is to me where Counter culture in music originates. They inspired the garage band movement, which led to the discovery of some of the greatest Rock bands of all time and beginning of the next social movement in society. With out them we would not know the world we live in today. Counter culture used to its full potential, for change. PEACE

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Here We Go…

Here we go again.

And unfortunately this new ‘mass culture’ is spreading like wild fire. I have grown up no less than 10 minutes away from the beach my entire life and being in the sea comes hand in hand with that. To my amazement people have always rejected anyones ability to find beauty in anything unconventional, like surfing. Surf culture is taking the world by storm and moving people in a way that makes you think. All the times you have ever been unhappy with whats in front of you on a day to day basis are overruled by the joy you get form something so unbelievable. This video depicts the beauty of being able to say ‘i was there’ like nothing else. The rush you get when your toes hit the water, your first tube- and every one after that, even the first time you stand up solo. It’s like being reborn and shit is it addictive!

So what has happened is consumerism is taking over, from competitions to endorsements to Hollywood having to put a penguin on a board- at least the message was write. To me anything you can do to make money and be happy is the right choice, but when something you love because it set you free, turns solely into a job, or something people can make a profit from by standing on top of you, shit needs to change. Competition is healthy, but only in the right hands.

Quicksilver to me are the pioneers in keeping it under control and keep focused on their surfers needs and what surfing is all about. Saying ‘F*ck YOU’ to living in a cage and stuck to a 9-5. It is a counter culture element that has been prominent since the 60’s and has slowly started to be seen a thing cool kids do…. instead of a way of life.

What’s your personal counter  culture element? Did you even know you had one? let me know… PEACE.

Hip Hop Hip Hop

I don’t know if you realize this but Hip Hop has been the soul of counter culture for the last 35 years! Originating in the Bronx (1 of the 5 boroughs in New York) in the 1970’s, Hip hop provokes freedom of speech, anti-government campaigns targeting issues regarding the media, inspiring aid to disaster area’s (Hurricane Katrina), they have pretty much covered everything! Hip Hop incorporated MC’ing, DJ’ing and Break Boying to create a social movement that has spread around the world infecting people both rich and poor.
Some Hip Hop legends include:

 

 

 

Music has transformed dramatically in recent years, it has moved from being the voice of a counter culture into a mass culture craze. With regards to Hip Hop it has inspired social change through its messages, regardless of the Big Booty, Cash Money and Blunt Wrap disguising them. For those of you that don’t know, Hip Hop is the result of Rock ( Aerosmith and Run-DMC made the song Walk this Way) so next time you feel the urge to tell your fellow head banger how dreadful Drake and Shady are try turning those judgmental eyes towards your own icons… Not to say that all Hip Hop is great, in any genre there are some songs that shouldn’t be.

Many consider Hip Hop controversial and a waste of time, yet it has become a global phenomenon in its ability to unify races, classes and cultures, which, for the most part is undeniable. Societies have argued that this form of “Art” is riddled with violent lyrics that degrade women and are uninspiring, even though it has transformed into a multi-billion dollar industry. I wonder how the OG’s ( Original Gangsters) of this “insignificant jungle music” would feel about the negative connotations attributed to their music. Regardless of the fact that Hip Hop has been the driving force behind most major influences around the world. Hip Hop has created a desire to “Not Follow” leading to an assortment of weird and wonderful new types of people. do you know of any Emo band that has had the same or partial effect of Hip Hop….?
SO, is it not funny to think that even if you hate Hip Hop, it HAS influenced every aspect of our daily lives for so long we don’t notice it any more. In fact we claim it, High tops and fitted’s in my city seem to be for Emo girls, changing perception’s daily. It is inescapable. so where do you stand, are you a Hater or Appreciator? PEACE.

Point Of View

Here are a few videos relating back to “counter culture” stuff. 🙂 I do not endorse the views of any one of the people involved in these videos, however, what i do find amazing is the abundance of ideals, reasons and logic that go into one specific topic. To me some of the things said are ridiculous, however, who is to say which is right or wrong?

so The Beatles and John Lennon were against God?

At the end of it all what really matters is what we believe and how we organize our needs vs. our beliefs…
Where do u stand?

Struting like a G.O.D

Currently the most amusing thing to me is how we are all, as youngsters perceived to know “NO BETTER”.


Regardless of how much more we know about aspects of our own lives or, heaven forbid, point out the faults in elders we seem to be a generation of fuck ups or slackers. If you have never experienced this wild and wonderful sensation, CONGRATULATIONS. We are forced to grow up differently and with that we are, at its essence, all contributing to one big counter culture called ‘generation X’,


So compadres how about we try make a combined effort to amplify our…, how should i put this, intelligence! Because it is easy to argue back and end up fighting, even easier to give up and call it a day, but i have no intention of doing any such thing. Our dividing lines are age, music and technologically. So make an effort, take time to explain yourself, be nice, but do not take shit. As for everything else- INHALE count to 10 and EXHALE 😉


Lets make a combined effort to forge our counter culture into something more than just a stupid Roman symbol. We the future, lets make it enjoyable, or at least break our backs trying to. We literally are the coolest group of counter culture misfits the world has seen yet, big ups kids.  Seriously we must know a bit more about somethings than sweet old mum and dad. Not to say all parents are kinda wack, some are the best… just ask Jonah lewis.


What i got to say is ill and got skill, I’m all for change because out of everything it pays.Wake up and give thanks to to fact that we are in one of the most beautiful places on earth to be, not to god, but to yourself and those ‘hill billy’s’ you live with. If anything, we can all agree we love them unconditionally. No matter what issue, tissue? PEACE.

First Time..

I guess the best way to do this is to jump straight in, I am kind of new to this whole Blogging thing, so bear with me. I am starting this Blog to focus on subcultures in and around the world I live in.

My starting point is music, it has expressed the views of people apposed to mass culture, both now and in the past, and the views of those determined to stay up to date with current POP culture trends and waves.

The plan is to go back to the origins of counter culture and discover how people wound up feeling the need to fight the “oppressor” with words and melody. A peaceful, yet powerful way of taking all the information given out to the public and turning it on its head. With the majority of us all following blindly to the drum of societies beat and the rest of us doing our best to be “different” a dividing line has emerged creating two worlds in one city.

Not sure bout the rest of the planet but Cape Town is starting to feel like one big freak show, in the best way possible. There is always something new and exciting to look at, someone to make you laugh, or something to do.

We got the drugs, the thugs, the rich kids and poverty striving in our Mother City and I plan to share it all with you. This is for the beat that moves your feet. PEACE.

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