Nik Zanella has spent years deciphering ancient Chinese poems and texts to piece together a past-time that thrived in the Far East’s Song Dynasty, from 960 to 1279. Early surfers would ride the country’s Qiantang river as part of a ritual to help appease the God of the Tide (or, the Dragon King) – and for the entertainment of the Emperor.
The Guardian has an article about photographer Philippe Chancel documenting French street gangs of the early 80s.
Here’s a set of photos he took. One features Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, in about 1981. Another one is showing Brian Setzer.
Here’s a video about the Pittsburgh Doo Wop scene which produced The Del Vikings, who 24 years later inspired the name of a Paris rockabilly street gang.
p.s.: speaking of France
In an effort to make plastic drinking straws extinct, Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker of Loliware have invented the ‘world’s first edible, hypercompostable, marinedegradable straw.’ They hope their eco-friendly Lolistraw will replace the ‘500M plastic straws’ that they say are currently being used in the United States every day.
How’s this for fusion? Here we have The Sachal Studios Orchestra, based in Lahore, Pakistan, playing an innovative cover of “Take Five,” the jazz standard written by Paul Desmond and originally performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959.