Our ‘Low Heat’ series kicked off last week with sets from @kishfantazzle @elizalovechild @omeletyoke @baadnews_ @__ram_ @gcdj_ @louisculture and @jamesmassiah. We’re back tonight with more music from some of London’s brightest talents from 1900-2200 Stay locked 📽 by @kishfantazzle
The Haçienda opened in 1982, bankrolled by New Order and Factory Records, who decided Manchester needed its own Paradise Garage. Located in a red-brick warehouse - previously a yacht showroom - that backed onto the towpath of Rochdale Clol, the space was painted in cool blue and grey tones with diagonal stripes on columns. "The Haçienda was without precedent," says its architect Ben Kelly. When it first opened people weren’t that interested - as this rare photo reveals. But the club went on to play a huge part in energising a generation. A ton of music would not exist if the Hacienda hadn’t existed. After persistent financial problems and gang-related trouble, FAC51 closed in 1997. It remans one of the UK’s most mythologised clubs.
Happy MF DOOM day. Here he is, aged 19 and unmasked, addressing the US Senate.
Following a wave of music censorship - like Parental Advisory stickers on records and the arrest of rap performers - Virgin Records exec Jeff Ayeroff and political operative Steve Barr launched Rock The Vote in 1990. Their first initiative was the “Motor Voter” bill, which would allow young people to register to vote when receiving their driver’s license - in an effort to make the voting process easy and welcoming.
This video, shows a teenage, unmasked MF Doom — back when he went by Zev Love X — with KMD partner-in-crime Onyx, supporting the campaign in a 1991 hearing on the National Voter Registration Act.
The bill passed Congress the next year only to be vetoed by President George H.W. Bush. Bill Clinton took up the cause in that year’s presidential election, eventually signing it into law.
Celebrating what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday today with this infamous mugshot. The story goes - Bowie was arrested for marijuana possession in 1976 after a performance in Rochester, New York. Half a pound of marijuana was confiscated by the police, and Bowie was held with three others - including Iggy Pop - for three hours and then released on $2000 bond. The charges were later dropped and Bowie never performed in Rochester again. Fast forward to 2007 - a local auction house found the photo in the trash while clearing out the home of a city officer. The image fetched $2500 on eBay and gained legendary status among celebrity mugshots, catching Bowie at his creative zenith.