In December 1967, The Monkees’ blew their audience’s minds by hosting Frank Zappa on their TV show. The whole gimmick seems to be Frank Zappa’s idea as he takes control of the reverse role play interview. Mike Nesmith plays Frank and Frank Zappa takes on Mike. Nesmith struggles to keep his Zappa inspired prosthetic nose on his face, and fumbles a few times in a laid back, casual way. However, it’s important to note that it’s not Frank, but Mike Nesmith playing Frank who accuses The Monkees’ music of being banal and insipid. Zappa had nothing but love for The Monkees,’ having supported them even at their most dire and hated times. On the other end of the music spectrum, Mothers of Invention was Frank’s band known for psychedelic, experimental music.
Dennis Hopper used real gang members and cops as extras in the film, “Colors.” A type of social experiment as an artist and activist. Hopper was a native to Venice, living in the midst of heightened gang culture and territorial graffiti tags. From the gang and graffiti expression on the wall and the streets, Venice also birthed a mecca for street art, murals, and creatives to reside and slowly gentrify the gang-torn beach front property.
Living and dying on the streets of California. Rap lyrics depicting the lifestyle of young black men entrenched in gang culture.
In sports, every point counts. This young volleyball player took a 6-pack in the face that inadvertently ended up winning the point for the rally.
A true sportswoman who took one for the team.
Let’s go back to a time when Venice Beach was an affordable and cool place to be. When average Joe’s with dreams could rent a pad on the beach and fulfill their creative, musical, artistic and physical aspirations with other like-minded people.
Where the vision and legacy of Muscle Beach was established as a hallmark training ground for top Olympians, gymnasts, and anyone else with a passion for body building. Ya’ know, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack LaLanne, to name a few. The love for body building is still going strong in today’s culture, but this video is a memory of simpler times, of tight, neon spandex, heaping testosterone and big, big muscles.
Oh, and snoopy.