From The Badger’s Lair #6
Our badger once more pokes his head out of his set, doing away with hibernation for the winter in favour of finding a number of different, exquisite internet delights and sharing them with you in his very own weekly column. Who wouldn't make that choice? This week, he's got one big thing on his furry little mind…
STREETGANGS AND STUFF
Stanley Tookie Williams the 3rd. Original leader of the Crips. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Killed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Interesting post on how LA’s Crips were originally formed to stop gang violence in South Central and offer protection to blacks from white racists assaults. And how the dream quickly collapsed into feudal war killing thousands.
East Coast originals.
New York street gangs from the '60s.
Dispossessed and disillusioned Vietnam veterans – and highly trained killers – turned to gangs for companionship and a sense of family.
Great documentary on how these gangs developed to be part of the social and economic fabric of New York in the '70s
Not a real gang but some truth in the story revealed for the first time in the film Rubble Kings. Worth a look if your of a certain age and The Warriors holds a special place in your heart.
"From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over."
The true story of The Warriors (maybe).
The 21 gangs The Warriors had to fight across New York to get back to their territory.
Wonderful 70’s documentary on British Hells Angles featuring Mad John and crossed eyed Carl "who’s eyes were knocked out in a fight" A particular highlight being when the gang take a break from hell raising to watch Doctor Who.
Great track all street gangs play at their gang meetings before getting down to the serious business of being in a gang.
In celebration of last weekend's super moon. A Pikes On Sunday’s favourite with me and Andy. Kraut not Kraut.
I wonder ?
I wonder if he can wag it ?
I wonder? Are those sausages on the table? I wonder what his name was and where he is today.
I wonder if that’s normal where they live? I wonder if they smell?
I wonder what it tastes like?
I wonder if it is?
I wonder sometimes….
A cinematic treat from the incredible Dirty Sound System collective.
If you're unfamiliar with their work WAKE THE FUCK UP! The blog is filled with incredible music and other ace stuff related to being cool with a French bent…