Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cassettes: The Dead Culture

Jonathan Mannion, photographer and director, has captured some of today’s most influential artists to retell their experiences with making mixtapes. This gave birth to TDK Life on Record Chronicles film series. The series provide a rare look into the lives of these artists that reveals their love of music through songs and stories from their pasts.

"The Strokes – Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti – each member of the band touched on their love of music and experiences creating homemade mixtapes."

Nas, the living legend, drives down memory lane and reflects on his early life in the Queensbridge housing projects and memories of making and collecting mixtapes, plus mentions a few of his musical influences (Tribe Called Quest, MC Shan, Kurtis Blow & Queen, and etc.)

"Each one contained a story, a struggle and captured a moment in time. Each song stood for something; it was there for a reason. The mixtape had mythical powers, it could: impress a girl, make you look cool, make you look weird, keep you up at night, and it could even keep you from going to the bathroom while you waited for that one song you needed to come on the radio. Not to mention, naming the thing – the perfect name, written with the perfect pen in your imperfect handwriting…" - Jonathan Mannion


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