Archive for the Revolutionary/Revolucionario Category

CHE GUEVARA Documentary 6 part film

Posted in Che Ernesto Guevara, documentary, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on March 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

EL CHE film “The Hands of Che Guevara”

Posted in Che Bolivia, Che Ernesto Guevara, documentary, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on March 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Mercedes Sosa: Gracias a la vida, (rewind) + b/w photo with guitar.

Posted in Argentina, Mercedes Sosa, R.I.P's, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on December 28, 2009 by Listen Recovery

EMORY DOUGLAS: HIS ART. brief review (bio and links by Wikipedia)

Posted in arte universal / universal art, Black Panthers, Emory Douglas Art, Revolutionary/Revolucionario on November 22, 2009 by Listen Recovery



Emory Douglas worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in 1970)[1] and has become an iconic representation of the struggles of the Party during the 1960s and 70s. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Douglas “branded the militant-chic Panther image decades before the concept became commonplace. He used the newspaper’s popularity to incite the disenfranchised to action, portraying the poor with genuine empathy, not as victims but as outraged, unapologetic and ready for a fight.”[2]

As a teenager, Douglas was incarcerated at the Youth Training School in Ontario, California; during his time there he worked in the prison’s printing shop. He later studied commercial art at San Francisco City College.

Colette Gaiter writes:

Douglas was the most prolific and persistent graphic agitator in the American Black Power movements. Douglas profoundly understood the power of images in communicating ideas…. Inexpensive printing technologies—including photostats and presstype, textures and patterns—made publishing a two-color heavily illustrated, weekly tabloid newspaper possible. Graphic production values associated with seductive advertising and waste in a decadent society became weapons of the revolution. Technically, Douglas collaged and re-collaged drawings and photographs, performing graphic tricks with little budget and even less time. His distinctive illustration style featured thick black outlines (easier to trap) and resourceful tint and texture combinations. Conceptually, Douglas’s images served two purposes: first, illustrating conditions that made revolution seem necessary; and second, constructing a visual mythology of power for people who felt powerless and victimized. Most popular media represents middle to upper class people as “normal.” Douglas was the Norman Rockwell of the ghetto, concentrating on the poor and oppressed. Departing from the WPA/social realist style of portraying poor people, which can be perceived as voyeuristic and patronizing, Douglas’s energetic drawings showed respect and affection. He maintained poor people’s dignity while graphically illustrating harsh situations.

Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution.

Posted in Black Panthers, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on November 22, 2009 by Listen Recovery

Victor Hugo Aya De La Torre, PERU: Plaza De Acho

Posted in Peru, photography, Revolutionary/Revolucionario on November 10, 2009 by Listen Recovery


OMARA PORTUONDO: talking to a walking story… (photos by Rich Spirit, words by Renzo Revelli)

Posted in Buena Vista Social Club, Cuba Music, L.A Events, Listen Recovery, Omara Portuondo, photography, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, UCLA LIVE show on October 30, 2009 by Listen Recovery

Omara Portuondo, is an amazing person, besides from being an amazing songstress.  Rich Spirit had the pleasure to work with the Popper Room at the Ethnomusicology Dept at UCLA.  Early this year, Rich Spirit coordinated/produced a lecture / music showcase with Peru’s Afro Peruvian Icon Eva Ayllon.

After the great success of the event, Rich reached out once again to UCLA LIVE into producing a lecture / music showcase with Omara Portuondo.  This phone call took place 7 days prior to the show.  The Ucla Live accepted Rich’s proposition in to producing the lecture / music demonstration.  All we need it was the agreement from Omara’s people.  We had to reach out to Omara’s eldest son, who happen to be also her manager.

The answer from the band took longer than we wanted.  But they accepted.  With out any compensation from the School, being that it was going to be a free event for Omara’s fans as well as the students.  Even thou this event was a short notice, the room “WAC MUSEUM” Gladys Kaufman Theater.  The room had approx 250 seats.  To our luck and good faith, the theater was entirely full. It was time for the lecture.  The Lecture was given by Prof. Paul De Castro, giving a very detail history about the “Feeling Movement”.

The Prof. took about 25 min. Then Omara came out from the side of the stage along with her two percussionist and guitarist.  It was a trio.  Due to “legal rights and copyrights” we could not take photos during the performance.  So we kept our integrity and did not. lol.  We met Omara back stage and had a nice conversation about her travels to Latin America…

“She IS an amazing voice and a down to earth lady” Renzo Revelli (Listen Recovery)

Ucla Live ad for students

settin' up

playin' some Cuban Tracks, no turntables where allowed at the theater.

Gladys Kaufman Theater


after the show we found out it was okay for photos to be taken not video. UGG!



talking about Chabuca Granda's Tribute by Eva Ayllon that happen the week before

Omara Portuondo

cantandome, OMARA!


Omara's guitarist from Sao Paulo and UCLA LIVE assistant

gracias Omara