Music* Pussy Galore – Dick Johnson / Photography* Tomasz Lazar – Theater of life

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Dick Johnson from Dial ‘M’ for Motherfucker album, 1989, EMI.
Pussy Galore was an American garage rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1985. They had a constantly fluid line-up until their demise in 1990. They took their name from the character in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, and their sound was inspired by The Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls.
The band’s earliest incarnation consisted of guitarist and vocalist Jon Spencer, guitarist and occasional vocalist Julia Cafritz and drummer John Hammill, though this line-up would be subject to both change and expansion in later years. Following the self-released 7″ Feel Good About Your Body, they added guitarist Neil Hagerty. The new lineup recorded the EP Groovy Hate Fuck. This EP, like all of their early releases, would be self-released on their own Shove Records label. After the band moved to New York City they further expanded the line-up by taking on then 16-year-old Cristina Martinez as a guitarist. Martinez was not a musician and had simply taken the photograph for the 7″. The band also replaced Hammill with former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert. Then on a dare from Sonic Youth, they released a limited-edition cassette and vinyl cover album of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. They followed this up in January 1987 with another self-released mini-set Pussy Gold 5000. Shortly after this Martinez left the band and formed Boss Hog with Spencer a few years later.
In September 1987, Pussy Galore recorded their debut album and their first recording for another label, Right Now! on Caroline Records. Shortly following the release of Right Now!, Hagerty left the band and was replaced by Kurt Wolf, but he was to return to the Pussy Galore line-up following the release of the Sugarshit Sharp EP with Wolf leaving to join Loudspeaker. Sugarshit Sharp is probably best known for the garage rock interpretation of Einstürzende Neubauten’s industrial/dance classic from the mid-1980s, Yu-Gung. Pussy Galore used sampling in their music, drawing short samples from both the original track and the Public Enemy rap classic, Don’t Believe The Hype. F.M. Einheit, a member of Neubauten, was said to have been quite impressed with the cover version. The EP also introduced Pussy Galore’s new logo, which consisted of Neubauten’s “Yu-Gung Man” emblem with a grainy, almost indecipherable photocopy of the Rolling Stones’ trademark lips-and-tongue image superimposed over its head…
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Tomasz Lazar
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Theater of life is a very personal project about life – how I perceive of it. It is an exploration of surrealism in everyday life. Theatre of life is an essay that is a combination of my experiences and thoughts about what surrounds me. As a result of fast changing technological development that are shaping our lives and the invading presence of the mass media, many people seem to feel disconnected from the world. Some seek refuge and create alternative realities for themselves. Some merely look for a temporary escape, by letting off steam. Some dress in costumes, play role games or pretend to be heroes from movies, games or Japanese anime. We all find our ways to cope somehow. These off moments are what interest me. The concept of the surreal, the Theatrum Mundi – Theatre of the World – stems from Plato; the world as a place where man is only a puppet, an actor, whose role is to play his part in the theatre of life; a play created by the powerful being known as the creator (Demiurg, God). Today, the place of the devine power has been taken over by the mass media. It is the mass media that shapes our lives, tells us what is right or wrong and creates the narrative of our existence. We are under the influence of a mass culture that comes straight from the television and the internet. It seems to me, people are increasingly getting lost between the borders of two worlds: the real world in which they live and the world created by the media. This phenomenon can most notably be seen in most highly developed countries, the place, where people rely more and more on technology in everyday life, where the mass media have had the greatest impact on people.

Born 1985 in Szczecin, Poland. An independent photographer, a graduate of the West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.  Winner of photography contests in Poland and abroad (e.g. World Press Photo, POY, CHIPP, Sony World Photography Award, the International Photography Award, BZWBK Press Photo, Grand Press Photo, Lumix Festival for Young Journalism. His work was published in newspapers and magazines like: New York Times, Newswek International, Sunday Times Magazine, New Yorker  and  Los Angeles Times. He is a coffee-lover and a good music enthusiast. He derives pleasure from spending time with other people and devotes most of his time to photography. Recently, he is constantly on the move.

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