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‘Non Muu Muu Pink Flower Dress Stitching,’ Brunswick, 24 January 2012, photo by Alicia Bee.





PUBLIC SPEECH – GIDGET FEMINISM

Australian writer Tim Winton liked watching Gidget when he was younger.
In the 2009 ABC surfing documentary Bombora Tim Winton said that whilst growing up isolated in Albany, the female role model Gidget inspired him and first got him into surfing.
Tim Winton also wrote Lockie Leonard : Human Torpedo the Australian teen fiction still studied in schools since the early nineties.
What many teachers and parents don’t know is that Lockie Leonard alienates rebellious young people with presenting a sickeningly thoughtful young man and his slow entrance to puberty.
It hurts outsiders and rebels without causes.
In the story Lockie Leonard attempts to deal with stresses from his family, moving and a new highschool, all of which seem exciting to outsiders and rebels who long for these changes like they prefer storms to calm waters.
Lockie Leonard also does not like how naughty his pubescent girlfriend is when she desires to tongue kiss, in between other exploits like smoking cigarettes.
When we were introduced to the Booker prize writer’s novel in high school I longed to re read The Outsiders for its identifying bunch of brotherly camaraderie and strong characters like Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, Sodapop and Johnny. Also more drawn to the causes of rebels like teen lovers Romeo and Juliet I thought it was better to sneak out then get up at dawn healthily with a bowl of cereal for a surf.
But then I was more drawn to character of Alibrandi’s  friend who had a boyfriend with a car and went out to parties rather than her ditzy complaining angsted Year 12 private girls school problems.
Though drawn to Beat poetry culture perhaps shared with their beach parties I could not identify with the character of Gidget presented to us when we were already finishing high school, through repeats of the tired program on commercial television.
I had already enough information to make my decisions as a female in the mid nineties and the Sally Field bouncing cleanliness of Gidget could teach me nothing.
If someone called me Gidget I would have thought it an insult though apparently it is seen as a compliment.
Apparently long ago in the early sixties girls didn’t have any role models and looked to Gidget because she wasn’t ‘a bimbo’ and she surfed, and this represented a counter culture against the female socialized goals of getting married and raising families.
To my nineties standard Gidget seemed ‘bimbo’ with her pigtails, and rolling eyes and moodiness, and she made it acceptable for teenage girls everywhere to claim changing hormone levels as an excuse for attention seeking.
To my teenage adult eye it seemed like she was annoying and I didn’t want to look at her for an extended half hour. I preferred to go to my room and listen to music; and wasn’t the girl that changed moods so often that people would ask, “What’s wrong?”
Likewise I didn’t spend my high school chatter talking about boys that I wasn’t nor was with, for I had more important things to discuss with my school friends.
Nowadays teenagers would laugh at Gidget on television and diss her on their twitter pages, as they preferred to chat on social networks when rejecting crap television.
Yet there are still people that tell me to identify with the ancient Gidget as a feminist.
“You would really learn a lot from Gidget Alicia, she could really open up your world,” said one older male this week and it came across as insult when hearing it for the forth time.
It was as if I needed to regret not watching a TV program that wasn’t around when I was growing up just to satisfy his own teenage fantasies.
I had to take it patronizingly as it was again torturing my whole adolescense and strong music pedigree that had put me ahead in every way without watching a TV program.
Familiar with the 1960s Sally Field female surfer character I had already rejected and again didn’t think she had a thing to teach me this week.
Growing up without Gidget I was angered by her dated character, and episode situations.
Surprisingly Gidget had quite an age group following from the 1960s and repeats, that believed her important enough to rank her as a female feminist, yet her character had still come across as silly rather than strong to my generation of females or from my inland mountain range of tastes.
She did not seem like a person that I should aspire to be, and I placed her in American Television context alongside Leave It To Beaver  and The Brady Bunch.
Gidget was old, man. It was a repeat they served up to us for no reason other than being patronizing to younger generations.
They must have repeated it four times, I can’t really count though.
I was just told the same thing four times, and wasn’t heard by the male who decided to recommend a Gidget form of sixties feminism to me and I didn’t need it on repeat.
He had watched Bombora and felt there were other men who liked Gidget and felt justified.


My generation would see real stories of Australian female surf champions reign over the international sport communities with more glamour than the push up bikinis and the surf fashion endorsements that followed.
Gidget is just vintage bikini feminism from 1965 and it was way out way before I was born, and you can live way over there man, but we will be on the beaches right here.





POPULAR MUSIC – PATHS OF PAKRITI.

ALICIA BEE conducts a short interview in English language via email with Norwegian art school graduates, psychedelic rock band PATHS OF PRAKRITI main songwriter JON REIER SYLTE.
ALICIA BEE – You write the songs and get other people to help you play them. How much of the music do the other people write on their own? eg. chords, percussion adds, or keyboard?
JON REIER SYLTE – I write a complete piece of music with all the chords and lyrics, and then other people help out with filling in the blanks sort of speak. This could be in the form of laying down drums, organ, piano and percussion etc, mostly to get different inputs on the songs and the fact that I can’t play drums or piano that well. Sometimes people will make up their own solos and stuff. But the basic backbone of the music I normally write completely on my own.
ALICIA BEE – What sorts of music LPs did your parents have when you grew up?
JON REIER SYLTE – My father had a lot of LPs while I was growing up, among others the complete Beatles collection and basically a lot of 60s and 70s music both Norwegian and foreign. I didn’t start listening to them until I got really into music for real when I was about 14-15 years old. And then it was The Beatles all the way.
ALICIA BEE – What music inspires Paths of Prakriti?
JON REIER SYLTE – Everything inspires us to make good songs. The song is really important to me and the tapestry of music, lyrics and harmony woven together into a complete piece of music. So I would say that writing a really great song is always the focus. So it doesn’t matter if the song was written in 1956 or in 1996 as long as it’s a great song it will stand the tests of time either way. The most inspiring music for me is always completely on a very emotional level. But my main influences when I started out was no doubt the 60s and some 70s music. I was really into the whole San Francisco scene 1965-67 with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Moby Grape, The Count Five, Blue Cheer etc. And also the LA music at the time with bands like The Doors, The Byrd’s, Buffalo Springfield and Love. Also of course, discovering the whole British invasion bands was also a cool thing with The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling stones, The Who and The Yardbirds, all great bands.
But the band that had the biggest impact of that area on me personally is probably the Velvet underground.
I also was very into punk music and grunge music when I first started playing the guitar. Kurt Cobain is probably the one person that got me to buy a guitar and start playing.
Nowadays though it’s everything that fascinates and flatters the inner ear, everything from classical music, folk music to modern day electronic dance music if you will.
But what I really despise is singer songwriters in pain!
Wops, guess I’m finished.
ALICIA BEE – Tell me about the art school where you first recorded the demos that would form PATHS OF PRAKRITI.
JON REIER SYLTE – Well, it basically started with a 4 track recorder I had in high school, trying to write songs and get a hang of it. That is almost 9 years ago, but the real music didn’t start until I bought a 32 track Korg D3200 in 2008 with the money I got from working in a meat factory. The Axis Mundi record was recorded on this device. The people playing on the record we all came together during 2002 when we attended what we call here in Norway ‘musical college’. Everyone has their own tastes and preferences in music with the same basic outlook so it makes for interesting collaboration.
ALICIA BEE – What other psychedelic rock bands are there in Norway?
There are some psychedelic rock groups but not that many to be honest.
The best ones who would maybe fall into the genre are bands like: Motorpsycho, Maribel, Serena Maneesh, The Dipsomaniacs and Rancho Relaxo. These are all great bands.



















POPULAR MUSIC – ANTISKEPTIC GOODBYE GOODNIGHT DVD

El Shaddai Records had pretended to close the Antiskeptic story as promised by producing this DVD package as a nice goodbye present for the fans of Christian punk band that had followed them in their short 10 year career.
The memory package allows fans to watch the final set played in Melbourne on September 20 2008, and gives audience goers in attendance a chance to relive the big gig.
Highlights of the singalong include ‘Cold Side Of The Moon’ and the ‘I’ll Follow’ encore.
A guest guitarist joins them for a song reminiscent of last few years of live shows in Melbourne.
Secondary to the long set value greatest hits performance, is a fun documentary look at ‘Jimmy Was Always Thinking’ start out days and their old video clip filming processes.
Central to themes some may recognize from final interviews, included in the documentary is Andrew’s request for fans to accept the bands decision to end.
For many part of the grieving process would be remembering the band through Goodbye Goodnight DVD.
For those fans not able to accept the end, click on their website link above for future shows.




POETASTER – IAN MCBRYDE : THE FAMILIAR.

Ian McBryde uses short words and lines, often complete non rhyme freeform poetry, placing one poem per page undetected to me with theme but placed as favorites and easily readable.
He compares humans to animals, and is concerned with heavy crime.
Murderers Oswald, Son of Sam, and Charles Manson and collected with poems about the Australian news stories of the Hoddle Street massacre and Karmein Chan murders.
He wants to cut with these subjects using their namedrops as weapons to shock the audience into attention.
House themes occupy the domestic title, covering continents with his background of experience in Canada, America and Australia.
Upset by some of the violent words I am drawn to the beauty of his tamer poems; The Aviary and Ontario.


POETASTER

New Bikini by Alicia Bee 2010 ©

I have got my eyes set on a new bikini pair,
They are too expensive; I guess poor girls shouldn’t stare,
They cost three hundred American dollars each piece,
I’ve got four pairs in my suitcase but wanted the spare,
All that money spent on bathers really leaves you bare,
I have got my eyes set on a new bikini pair.
All that gold wrapped around some lycra underwear,
Just a splash of designer to go with breasts and hair,
I had already spoke the words to that lecture speech,
The third world don’t have any bikini I’m aware,
There are too many fancy clothing stores right near beach,
These fashion supply shops will never make you seem rare,
They are too expensive; I guess poor girls shouldn’t stare.
I’m in another world and normally wouldn’t care,
Money spent on material that covers the least,
They are too expensive; I guess poor girls shouldn’t stare,
I have got my eyes set on a new bikini pair.


Rabbit in the Bush by Alicia Bee 2010 ©

In the bushland on North Shore the ghost of old Rabbit hides,
You may see it at Sunset when homesickness comes in tides,
To make it on world stage you’ve got to be best at Hawaii,
Take a stand for your career and give the wave a ride,
Life is the only sentence for which humans all applied,
In the bushland on North Shore the ghost of a Rabbit hides.
People have hit the reef surfing here before and then died,
The summers are not that hot but some white people have fried,
You can learn to surf on any brand of board that you buy,
You need to find your chosen voice not keep it on the inside,
Just take the sport up here, don’t let the Wolf Pack make you shy,
Don’t talk about it like you did; or we will say you lied,
You may see it at Sunset when homesickness comes in tides,
Australians have a go so they can tell themselves they tried,
There’s a secret beach where everyone goes in the sky,
You may see it at Sunset when homesickness comes in tides,
In the bushland on North Shore the ghost of a Rabbit hides.




END. THANKS FOR READING. I LOVE YOU LIKE GIDGET FEMINISM.
ALICIA BEE © 2012.

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