Friday, August 27, 2004

Saturday Saturday Saturday!
August 28th, 2004!!
From 2:00 to 6:00 PM!!!
At the Copro/Nason Art Gallery in Culver City, California!!!!
"Age of Aquarius" Group Show Closing Party!!!!


(Apologies to any Monster Truck fans out there)


Fresh baked news from Mary-Margaret Stratton, manager and public relations director, and cousin (I think) of Ms Cherry Capri about -

"MONDO LOUNGE! will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Hollywood, CA. It celebrates all things retro, vintage, tiki, car culture, modern, space age, bachelor pad, swingtime, etc.

During the daytime, there will be a vintage car rally that will visit historic Hollywood and Mid Century Modern architectural landmarks. The rally will benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee. And at night, there will be a party held at the Elysian Masonic Lodge in the Los Feliz area of Hollywood, CA. There will be 3 rooms filled with things to do including live entertainment, educational presentations and vendors.

It supports a good cause and every paid ticket holder receives a commemorative 4 oz. Shag designed shot glass as a thank you."

Looks like a fabulous event - too bad I'll still be in Japan for at least two more weeks! Tickets are $35.00 until August 31st and will end up being $50.00 on the day of the event - either way, a great deal for a (hopefully) annual event that honors the genius (and madness) of the mid-century modern style.


Hint Mints - they do exist!

They are definitely still for sale. $2.55 per tin and it doesn't matter if you buy one or a dozen. The price remains the same. There are 3 styles and there is no additional artwork if you buy a case of 12 (the packaging remains generic).

Call 1-800-991-MINT

(What an amazing coincidence, the phone company assigns them a telephone # that ends up spelling "mint"...)

A hearty tip o' the tuque to Ms Imura for being sharp enough to hornswoggle a straight answer from Val at Hint Mint.


Wishful thinking again on eBay. Seller "gallery1628" sold a "Discerning Guests" serigraph for a cool $1,475.00 on August 15th and is hoping to break the bank and make $1,250.00 for each of these three prints -

Cocktail Delivery - last one on eBay sold for $197.50
Music After Midnight - still available for $250.00 from Outre Gallery
The Sun Also Rises - last one eBay sold for $299.00

A stealthy tip o' the Holden Caulfield-esque "people hunting cap" to Mr. Paul for the scoop.


Anyone out there been to Starlite Room's "7 Year Itch" show and would like to share with the rest of the class?


Whoops! Looks like eBay seller "orange-popsicle" got his wrist slapped by eBay for selling "professionally reproduced" copies of 2/3rd's of "The Extended Business Meeting."

Now s/he will be forced to survive on selling (re-selling) Ikea items, "professionally reproduced" wank posters, and this little number (hey, the kid has moxie - between Warhol and Google there must be a battalion of lawyers).


As promised - a short lesson on copyright aka "that mini-print you're putting on sale is more-or-less illegal"

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior written permission...

Now, let's open our books:

Bottomless Cocktail - page 4 (worded differently, but same intent)
Supersonic Swingers - page 2
Hedonist Confidential - page 24
Heroes & Monsters - page 24

Night of the Tiki - page 4
Taboo: The Art of Tiki - page 2
Beatsville - page 2

According to this site (and a whole bunch more that drowned themselves in legalese):

Copyright law has five exclusive rights of the copyrighted work:

  1. Reproduction Right
  2. Modification Right
  3. Distribution Right
  4. Public Performance Right
  5. Public Display Right
We're mostly concerned with #2 and #3.

Modification Right: the modification right (also known as the derivative works right) is the right to modify the work to create a new work. A new work that is based on a preexisting work is known as a "derivative work."

Cutting "Bossa Nova Now" out from "Bottomless Cocktail" without the permission of Shag/Last Gasp/La Luz de Jesus would be considered a modification violation.

Who's going to get busted for that though? Contrary to popular belief, there are not enough lawyers to chase every violator down.

Distribution Right: the distribution right is the right to distribute copies of the work to the public by sale, rental, lease, or lending.

Selling a modified copy of "The Covetous Neighbor" from "Bottomless Cocktail" on eBay without the permission of Shag/Last Gasp/La Luz de Jesus would be considered a distribution violation.


So, aren't I violating a copyright by cutting and pasting information from this site? Not really under Section 107 of the Copyright Act, "Fair Use."

Trust me, "Fair Use" rocks! In this day and age, as long as you're not making a buck (directly or indirectly) you can take your copy of "Bottomless Cocktail," rip it apart, frame a few pages, and hang it up on your wall (note emphasis).

Example from current events - DJ Danger Mouse can mix Jay-Z with The Beatles to create "The Grey Album," but if sells it for even a penny, he'll be seen as violating copyright.

Since the early 90's, with sampling more prolific (and litigious), no one can legally sample The Beatles for any amount of money... but money talks for other artists. MC Hammer's producers sampled Rick James' "Super Freak" and paid for the right - just imagine how much crack James was able to buy in 1990 because of a song he wrote in 1981....


But I digress... Why does the "mini-print" phenomenon bother me so much? When was the last time a book-length (more than 24 pages) of Shag’s paintings was published?


Wouldn’t it be great if Shag released a compendium of all of his work – posters/paintings/album covers – like Coop’s 208-page “Devil’s Advocate” ( buy / review)?

Hell yeah. Just imagine, a hardcover book of Shag’s work going from the Swamp Zombies “Fink” cover (or earlier) to whatever is going to be in the “Holidays on Ice” show for a decent price (note emphasis - I'm thinking fifty bucks max)…

What could be one of the reasons holding a release like that back?

No, not complacency…

No, not lethargy…

%$^&* mini-prints!

Why would Mr. Agle swing the vault doors open when he's worried that eBay will be deluged with $30.00 mini-prints?


Enough of my babbling - check out the MONDO LOUNGE site!!

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