5.05.2008

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I've heard from a lot of people how great this film (Who Is Bozo Texino) is, but have yet to see it. So here's another chance in NYC.

And if you're in the mood for things old-timey and western, there's a pretty cool slide show on the NY Times website about modern cowboys. They are photographed (with the same technique as the original era of the Great West) and get a chance to talk a bit.

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Bill Daniel's "Mostly True" Book Release and Film Screening

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 PM
Maysles Cinema
347 Lenox Ave./MLK Blvd. between 127th &128th st.

Bill Daniel will be releasing his brand new book Mostly True, a collection of enigmatic railroad folklore and screening his freight hopping movie Who is Bozo Texino? as well as a grab bag of train subculture shorts.

Many of you may know and love Bill Daniel's amazing film Who Is Bozo Texino?, which chronicles the search for the source of a ubiquitous and mythic rail graffiti sketch of a character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, "Bozo Texino"- a drawing seen on railcars for 80 years. The film was shot over a period of 20 years and features interviews with hobo graffiti legends Colossus of the Roads, The Rambler, Herby (RIP) and others.

Mostly True is the book companion to Who is Bozo Texino? Styled like a 1930's pulp magazine, the book is an enigmatic compilation of railroad ephemera, a ticket for time travel back to the roots of American rail folklore. The book is a direct product of 25 years of asystematically collecting any scrap of material relating to the ideas of tramping trains, hobo life, and depression-era culture and graffiti (with a small g).

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MP3:

Here are two versions of a traditional song, "When I Was A Young Girl." So the question is, which one do you like better?

• Hally Wood - When I Was A Young Girl

• Feist - When I Was A Young Girl

A band's place in myspace.

2 comments:

  1. the feist version appeals to my 2008-sensibility but the hally wood version is so much more believable..
    j

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  2. same as with Sea Lion Woman, an old american folk/spritual song, redone by nina simone, then redone once again by fiest... (check them all out online. you might have to go to your a library to find the original, though.)

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