„Street Messages“ book review

The famous Trust Fanzine from Germany published a real nice review on my current book „Street Messages in their current issue. Thanks so much Dolf for it!!!


Street Messages – Nicholas Ganz

The worst about scribbling on walls is when there is no message, if there is a message it makes sense and if it is a good message that is also either a great idea or a artistic gem – then it is awesome. So is this book, finally a book that concentrates on street artists who work with text. Forword by James Prigoff, followed by a preface from the author plus a historic overview on the background (humans write on walls since over 30.000 years) of public messages. Excellent. You find on over 140 pages, seperated in three main chapters ‚Street Messages‘, Political Messages‘ and ‚Street Poems‘, streetart by over 80 artists from around the world (including countrys like Lebanon, Argentinia, Iran, Israel, South Africa and Yemen). In the end there is more info on the artists, websites and further reading. Each artist is introduced with a short text and several photos of the art displayed. Perfekt. Not too much, just enough. Great projects like „The Bubble Project“ (blank speech-bubbles, pasted on advertising) , „Before I Die“ (bywalkers can finnish the sentence ‚Before I die I want to ________“ or Sklo from Singapore who puts up stickers on traffic lights. Not missing is the fantastic Billboard Liberation Front (founded in 1977, improving billboards) or Freewayblogger (reach up to 200.000 people a day putting up just one sign over a freeway) and even the, in Germany, well know „Stolpersteine“ project. There is so much more to be found in this book, some of the artists deserve (or have) their own book, but this is a very good start. For me personally the last chapter was not so appealing, but since there is nothing to complain about the first two, it is all good. Well, I’m sure the author and the publisher know this, but unfortunally the book is a bit small (18,5 x 1,8 x 21,5 cm) and in this case a coffeetable size book would have been the right size choice (considering what other shitty books use the big size), this book woud have defintily deserved to be blown up a bit, since the streetart shown on the photos is mainly great stuff. Therefore it is not expensive (18,95 Euro) and is a quality hardcover book. Well done, highly recommended – cant wait for the next one. Now go and get it, get inspired and go out or read more. (dolf)

Dokument Press, Box 773, 12002 Årsta, Sweden, http://www.dokument.org

Isbn 978-9185639731


Trust Fanzine review on Street Messages book - Dec. 2015

Trust Fanzine review on Street Messages book – Dec. 2015


John Garcia

Monday evening is a great time to go to a show. Especially when it is such a special opportunity to see John Garcia in an unusual unplugged concert.
When I was younger (about 20 years ago), I started to listen to different types of music and one of the first bands I encountered was Kyuss. I never had the chance to see this amazing band live on stage, so thats why I took my chance now and drove to Bochum, which is about half an hour drive from my place.
I know the Matrix venue in Bochum from previous shows, but I have never been in the Rockpalast area. It is a very cosy, small place, with a nice little stage. There was a big couch in the background of the stage and two chairs for the musicians. It felt very intimate like in a living room with this table and the lamps everywhere.
I arrived a little late, when the first band Bellhound Choir, a solo project of Danish Christian Hede Madsen was already playing. A long-haired tall man alone on the stage with his electric guitar. Nice, what you can do with just a voice and the strings.
After a short break, John Garcia and his guitar player Ehren Groban entered the stage and sat down on the chairs. I actually prefer people acting on stage and thought: „Wow, this can be a visually boring night, especially when I want to take some photos for my project.“
But from the first moment I was captured by the sound and the great voice of John and this massively talented guitar player Ehren. The songs had as much power as a regular electric set and I was happy to listen to some old Kyuss songs. Especially when they later plaid my most favourite song „Rodeo“ from the „When the circus leaves town“ record.
Inbetween the show, John was giving away some of his whiskey, that he was constantly drinking to people in the audience. At the end they even asked, if there might be any married couples in the audience. Two couples actually were there and they were invited by John to join them on the stage to sit on this couch in the back of the stage. They could stay until the end of the show and were given free drinks.
Hmm, I should have asked one of the ladies next to me, if we would be married for a minute to sit down a little and get a different view from the stage.
Altogether it was an amazing show and one of my best concerts during this year. John and Ehren were very familiar and talkative and told the audience some nice anecdotes and backgrounds to John himself and the songs. A great evening without the regular swooshing afterwards, because it was all great, but not loud.

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John Garcia unplugged at Rockpalast Bochum on 07. December 2015.