#1 The Hannover Mitte
Cris and Michael met at the legendary CASABLANCA in Hannover. Cris just returned from his first trip to New York and inspired by the scene was saying: “I want to publish a magazine.” Michael: “Me too.” We started the next day, snatched Thomas from the turntables at CASABLANCA. No experience, no funds, no computer, lot’s of glue, fun and music. Three months later ELASTE was launched.
#2 The Robots
#3 The Andy Warhol
#4 The Russians
#7 The Sport and Recreation
#8/9 The Classic
#10 The Psychedelic
#14 The Patsies
#15 Punk macht dicken Arsch
#16 The Heavy Metal
DINNER WITH ANDY
The King of Pop Art, our biggest inspiration, and the most enormous influence in contemporary art were coming to visit the Hinterland.
Always be Sceptical About Simplicity
Looking for the Thin White Duke
THE GERMAN DAYS
“Fantastic Voyage” serves as Bowie’s Poignant Testament. an Impassioned Proclamation of Humanism.
Remembering Starman: Mick Rock’s legendary photographs of David Bowie as Ziggy
When Andy Warhol Came to China
Brian Aris’ photographs of Debbie Harry
Lorde on David Byrne
The Velvet Underground Meets Its Match in Todd Haynes
PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Madonna: the unseen archives of rock photographer Tony Mott
“I want to be that girl I needed when I was 15”
Welcome to the weird and lucrative world of fake punk.
Charlie Watts Orbituary
Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten
Louis Vuitton’s 200th Birthday Sparks a Host of Creative Collaborations
Parental Advisory: the secret history of music’s most controversial logo
It’s A Face I know And Don’t Know
Sigue Sigue Sputnik at a Newcastle B&B
Iggy Pop Ascends to Greatness
Anton Corbijn on 40 Years Shooting Depeche Mode
David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Train to Aberdeen, Scotland 1973
Subway to Studio 54
A Brief History of Transformers
New York’s Graffiti Scene in the 70s and 80s
I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This Shit
Covid-19 x Valérie Belin
Abuse of Power Comes as no Surprise
Gareth Pugh’s Grand Reconstruction
Electronic at the Design Museum Review – A Sweaty Rave Paradise Lost
Basquiat & Warhol and Downtown’s It Crowd
The Beautiful and the Damned: Sheila Rock’s Punk Gods
Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ retail ‘installation’ rises in downtown L.A.
Kei Ninomiya at Noir
Pepsi, Pop, and Paradox: The ’80s Bowie-Turner Collaboration
Back to the '80s: a haze of neon lights, big hair, shoulder pads, and a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm for all things audacious. This era gave us the goofy Pepsi commercial featuring David Bowie and Tina Turner. Decades later, the ad feels like a time capsule...
When Pop Culture Icons Met: Andy Warhol and Tina Turner’s Unforgettable Encounter In the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York City was a boiling pot of emerging talent, cutting-edge artistry, and vibrant social scenes. This era saw a blurring of the lines between art,...
Photography Is Dead
Wim Wenders, the iPhone, and the Tragic Demise of an Art Form Smartphones have accomplished what centuries of technical advancements couldn't: they've killed photography. Yes, you heard it right. The art of capturing moments, emotions, and stories through a lens is...
CHATGPT about ELASTE
Orbital Link With sleaford mods On ‘Dirty Rat’
Electronic duo Orbital have teamed up with Sleaford Mods for a new single called "Dirty Rat." It's the first song we get to hear from Orbital's forthcoming tenth album OpticalDelusion that's coming out early 2023, which follows the duo's 2018 LP Monster’s Exist. It...
Post, Punk, Pop and Postmodernism: The Trendsetting 80s
New York’s Fashion New Guard
Elena Velez, Willy Chavarria, and Theophilio’s Edvin Thompson – are three visionary designers shaping New York’s independent fashion landscape. Ahead of their respective SS23 shows during New York Fashion Week, they discuss their brands’ origin stories, what drew them...
‘We nearly threw them out’: the photographs of Andy Warhol that sat in a cupboard for 50 years
William John Kennedy worked with the artist on a unique set of images. Now, his widow and other figures from Warhol’s ‘menagerie’ reflect on life at the Factory. The story of these photographs begins when my husband, William John Kennedy, attended the opening of...
The 80s, Musics Greatest Decade
The 1980s was when a fusillade of new genres emerged, and many are still with us today, such as hip-hop and house. Dylan Jones has mined the archives to select some of the most crucial tracks in the rise of these two...
Songs for Europe
What music did Bowie and Iggy listen to in 1970s Berlin? A new compilation, named after one of Bowie’s local haunts Cafe Exil, offers a speculative guide to the pair’s soundtrack favorites. Do your wurst ... Iggy Pop and David Bowie in Berlin. Photograph: Rex...
Moonage Daydream review – a glorious, shapeshifting eulogy to David Bowie
What dreams may come … Moonage Daydream. Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream is a 140-minute shapeshifting epiphany-slash-freakout leading to the revelation that, yes, we’re lovers of David Bowie and that is that. It’s a glorious celebratory montage of archive material,...
As Andy Warhol’s $195 Million ‘Marilyn’ Makes Auction History, We Look Back on the Artist’s 11 Priciest Works
Pop artist and film-maker Andy Warhol. Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images. All eyes were on the Christie’s New York salesroom on Monday as Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (1964) sold for $195 million, the second-highest price ever paid for an...
The Great Regression
The first time I ever heard of DITZ was either at the Hope and Ruin, or Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton, around the time of the debut EP. It was probably a Love Thy Neighbour night, and they were on first. I have no idea...
Ten Legendary Shows That Made CBGB Famous
CBGB in 1983 (Image credit: Jack Vartoogian \/ Getty Images) When Hilly Kristal opened CBGB & OMFUG (Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandizers) in December ‘73 at the intersection of Bleeker and Bowery in Manhattan’s East Village,...
Depeche Mode – Nothing
Sitting target, sitting waitingAnticipating nothing, nothing Life is full of surprisesIt advertises nothing, nothing [Chorus]What am I trying to do?What am I trying to say?I'm not trying to tell you anythingYou didn't know...
LaLaLa It’s The Good Life
David Wrench and Evangeline Ling threw absolutely everything at their 2018 debut album Now! (in a minute), a hectic, head-spinning blast of freewheeling freak-pop genius. On its follow-up Astro Tough, they’ve...
Has Being a Female Pop Star in 2021 Become Unbearable?
New releases reveal extreme attempts to protect themselves from the damage caused by fame. Pop stardom has never seemed less aspirational. The mechanisms of pop stardom have never been subject to as much scrutiny as they are now. Britney Spears’ conservatorship...
Cutting Mark Zuckerberg Down to Size
When the history of the first decades of this century comes to be written, there will be few more telling artworks than Ben Grosser’s film Order of Magnitude. In the 47 minute video, Grosser, a digital artist and professor of new media at the University of Illinois,...
In Praise of Copying
What if copying, rather than being an aberration or a mistake or a crime, is a fundamental condition or requirement for anything, human or not, to exist at all? Is there anything that does not involve "copying"? And if that is the case, why exactly does copying...
BILLIE EILISH GOES CREEPING AT NIGHT IN THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC “NDA”
Billie Eilish braves racing cars whizzing dangerously nearby her in the new video for “NDA.” The song appears on her upcoming sophomore studio album, Happier Than Ever, which arrives on July 30th via Darkroom/Interscope. In...
In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower...
Find a New City
Move to the Big City with nothing, make friends, make art, struggle, but make it. There’s a very romantic American story that I love, that lots of artists who are young and starting out love, too, and it goes like this: Move to the Big City with nothing,...
The Velvet Underground Review
Velvet Underground emerged as part of a richly interdisciplinary artistic adventure in the American late-1960s. Not so much a rock band, more a way of life. They were part of a complex social ecosystem of experimental artists in New York, named after a book...
Earl Slick: “Bowie had gone levels into insanity”
His association with David Bowie stretched over five decades, he has played with everyone from John Lennon to the Cure to Carl Perkins. It’s not surprising that Earl Slick was in the middle of a tour when the first Covid lockdown began. The guitarist is, by his own...
The Art of Punk: Winston Smith and the Dead Kennedys
“If you use a razor blade and glue, you can suddenly change the world.” —Winston Smith Terrific 15-minute documentary of collage artist, Winston Smith, and his collaborator, Jello Biafra, about the origins of their work. When he saw the Dada-esque posters of punk...
How Luxury Fashion Extends Brand Identity Through Art
Mixing Paintings, Sculptures, Coats, Leather Bags and Sneakers Where Art, Culture, and Commerce Intersect Across the street near the corner of Crosby and Howard Streets just a block away in the edge of New York’s Chinatown on one early evening, a series of TV monitors...
Sisters with Transistors
Inside the Film About Electronic Music’s Forgotten Pioneers They turned drawings into symphonies and made black boxes sing. Why were they never given their due? The maker of a new film, full of revealing archive footage, aims to put this right Turned down Hitchcock …...
Faceless Collection Pays Tribute to Idols by Way of Neorealistic Style with a Touch of Pop
Published to coincide with an exhibition at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove, Coco Dávez’s first book is packed with famous figures – all bright and boldly painted, all without a face. Dávez (the alter ego of Valeria Palmeiro) having worked with Chanel, Kenzo, Prada...
Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey 1956 -2002
Warhol Foundation Loses Prince Appropriation Appeal
An appeals court ruled that Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by appropriating her image for a silk-screen he did in 1984. Andy Warhol’s ”Prince,” which became the subject of a court case over copyright issues.The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual...
Why Bands Are Disappearing
"Young people aren’t excited by them". Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was scoffed at for suggesting there ‘aren’t any bands anymore’ – but if you look at the numbers, he’s right. Wolf Alice, Maximo Park, and industry insiders ask why. “The moment that we started a band was...
The Cassette Tape Era
Lou Ottens, the inventor responsible for making music literally fit in the palm of your hand, has died at the age of 94. The Dutch native was the head of product development at Philips in the early 1960s when he began developing cassettes as an answer to the large and...
JAPAN’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen
If ever there was a band who could have literally taken over the world but failed to do so as a result of “artistic differences,” it’s Japan. But that doesn’t mean their legacy should be any less celebrated. And Quiet Life – their third, final, and most successful...
Depeche Mode 20th Century Box 1981
'Oioi! We're from Basildon Essex and we are Depeshay fakin Mode you caants!' Should've been the introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npj31Wmg-aw
Do Everything Feel Nothing
Dry Cleaning’s assembled observations capture the distortion of life on and off the internet, of spewing our deepest emotions into an anonymous void but biting our tongue when we encounter a real person. Type what you really feel, then close the tab and delete your...
David Bowie, Brian Eno and Tony Visconti record ‘Warszawa’
Ma' Ma' Raschplatz Da
»Just what is it that makes today’s home so different, so appealing?«
(Richard Hamilton, 1956)
Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt, liegt meist ein kleines Kärtchen in meinem Flur. So auch diesmal »Basement« Hannover Raschplatz. Eröffnung Freitag 12.6.81 22h. Knapp am dreizehnten vorbei, dachte ich und lenkte meinen Wagen einige Tage später durch die trostlose Gegend hinter dem Bahnhof. Beinahe am Ziel angelangt ging ́s dann auch noch in den Keller. Gleißende Leuchtstoffröhren, Pirelli Gummi auf dem Boden, die Decke unverkleidet, hier und da ein bißchen Chrom. Der erste Blick signalisiert, hier wollte jemand der Café– und Diskothekenszene mit ihren pastellfarbigen, schimmernden Barocktempeln eine Ohrfeige verpassen.“