From: Jack Sargeant (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 21:41:36 PST
the script for Christmas On Earth Continued was published as a
booklet, details and description below. This indicates her interest /
taste in music, if not what would necessarily be on the radio circa
check Ginsberg's diaries as I think he may mention the film in there.
Title: Christmas on Earth Continued.
Author: RUBIN, Barbara.
Description: No place: self-published, 1965. 4to. Mimeographed
sheets, stapled. Barbara Rubin's script for a proposed movie, a
sequel to her earlier experimental film "Christmas On Earth" (which
reportedly at some stage featured a Velvet Underground soundtrack,
and in which, as friend and sometime lover Allen Ginsberg has
described, "she made an art object out of her vagina"). The script
features a lengthy list of "Desired Stars & Heroes, Heroines", who
include The Beatles, Stones, Velvets, Jack Smith, Kenneth Anger,
Gregory Corso, Harry Smith, The Kinks, Alex Trocchi, and numerous
others. Part of the Factory crowd through her film work, Rubin
introduced Bob Dylan to Warhol, and in London was one of the prime
movers behind the 1965 Albert Hall poetry event. This unrealised film-
script was later published (in 1968) by Bob Cobbing's Writers Forum
Press in an edition of 100 copies. Upper wrapper sl. marked,
On 24 Jan 2007, at 16:29, alvamel wrote:
> In April 05, there was a short thread about Barbara Rubin's film
> 'Christmas On Earth'. It seems that aside from having the film(s)
> double-projected that the projectionist is also given instructions
> to have radio playing into the theatre at the same time. I'm
> curious about these instructions - to have the film scored to live
> radio tuned to a so-called 'rock station'.
> Obviously, radio in the mid-sixties and radio today are a
> completely different animal. Aside from shifts in musical style,
> contemporary radio is owned by a few centralized corporations -
> thus predictably managed to the listener's conditioned taste . So,
> I would imagine that radio 40 years ago was much more eccentric and
> was likely to enhance the tension of the viewing experience, not
> knowing what sort of musical accompaniment or commercial was likely
> to come next. I gather that Barbara was hoping to create an
> experience that garnered a certain spontaneity.
> Is there anybody on this list who can share the experience of
> seeing 'Christmas On Earth' as per the original exposition
> Thanks for any insight.
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