Not long ago, while on assignment in SF I stopped into the always choice record shop Groove Merchant and what should I find hanging on the wall as soon as I step into the place? An original poster for Forest Terry's 'FOREST POWER'. I was shocked to find this piece of next wave funk history just hangin' on the wall - greeting all into this rare groove mecca.
If you peep that video - you can tell how much charisma and flare Terry Jr offers the world. I thought his story would make a great short video documentary. The amazing DJ PJ GRAY had already held an interview with the man on the Galactic Fractures radio show. Forest discussed his prolific career, he revealed his active and driven musical history, talked about his funk groups and shared old and new work.
Forest was the inventor and patent holder of the Keyytar (and thats a double Y for double fly) and just think of where funk boogie and hustle soul would be with out it!
I immediately called my friend Claude Money - another DJ mindbender, another familiar with Terry's story. I was jazzed because I really wanted to shoot a video short on this true funkateer.
Sadly I would learn in my phonecall with Claude that Forest had passed away in this first half of the year. I was really sad, not because I didn't get my story, but because the world was largely still unfamiliar with this man.
Check out the Galactic Fractures site or PJ's new jump off for singles by Forest Terry Jr. If you like that video...you'll wanna...
Edition of 3, Lauren Bon, 2006
Recent assignments have been tossing me around the country.
I spent most of last week in LA and this visit allowed for some great tastes of the surroundings. I cannot imagine living with orange and lemon fruit trees growing in the backyard right near aqueducts - always empty, running in an endless network over the region, scorched dust.
While waiting for the sun to set on Hollywood Blvd (literally) I killed some time and cruse the scene:
a thrift store (Hawaiian shirts)
some cornball 'tobacco' shops
an exotic shoe store
1 arrest on the street
a news stand straight from the east coast
Later I would give directions to a young girl straight off the plane - with two large suitcases in tote. I wasn't much help since I was roaming around too.
So there's a Beauty Bar in LA? The NY location once played host to the ever changing happenings of the OZ experience. Prof. Z & Capt. Heartlock are not to be missed in NYC.
Becoming further immersed and toward a sense of my surrounding space, I stumbled across the LA FORUM FOR ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN.
Inside, an intense, low lit presentation in progress and a the sign on the store font window underwrote a general on-camera appearance disclaimer. I decided to peek and move on...more on these folks in the future.
The LACE space was right next door. I had the gallery to myself hours before a evening of fun in line with this week’s Live & Silent Auctions
LA’s culture community was def in Crenshaw Blvd full swing.
Big props to the Lakers for taking in there btw.
Happy Birthday James Brown.
There would be no nothing no how without this man. A void. Nothing.
I don't care how well the homemade, untreated, hotub party's goin...when the hot leggy girls want to hear something that will make people on the roof dance - you're going to go to the king (or the Prince).
I love you James Brown...