Awhile back I viewed a copy of Anarchism in America, a film made in part during the Anarchist Symposium here in January of 1980 at Lewis and Clark College, organized by Pietro Ferrua. Of course I was looking for myself and also the people I met then.
I just had to be alone during this viewing, as I expected to cringe and wince over whatever stupid things I might have said 27 years ago, and however I might have looked. But no surprises really. I'm just at some party scene talking about Hannah Hoch and Man Ray and who I think must be Ken Butler to someone… talkin' about art. Not much has changed (save the styling!).
The only other person I recognized was Leigh Clark-Granville, a hot actress here in Portland back then. She was beautiful and really creative. Years later I saw her in NYC, at Don't Tell Mama, a well-known cabaret spot, not doing as well (and neither was I). Then I ran across her back here sometime in the 90s - she was sounding a little on the edge of something, but then again, so was I. I wonder where she is now.
The above pic is a cryptic clip of the Kinetics, one of the bands I was in, when we played at that Anarchist Symposium. I understand that videos exist from this event and not just that gig. There were loads of panels and presentations – I even did one on anarchism in art history, leading right up to the present with slides of mail artists and the art of punker friends, including my own work.