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Spin Doctors, Jimmy Olsen Blues

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Spin Doctors were one of my favorite bands in the late ‘80s early ‘90s when I had recently moved to New York City.  They played 3,4,5 times a night, often in my neighborhood in the East Village and always put on a great show. I remember one at the old Nightingale’s club on 2nd Avenue, that was so packed the audience filled the small stage and the band stood on their amps, hovering above a sea of fans as they played. Whenever friends came to town, I knew I could show them a great time by bringing them to a Spin Doctors show.
 

Then Pocket Full of Kryptonite came out and the band went huge, and didn’t play in the neighborhood as much. But when the music video for “Jimmy Olsen Blues” came Chromavision, where I was freelancing, I jumped at the chance to online edit it.

I think there are later versions out there, but this is the one we delivered.  Pocket Full of Kryptonite is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Spin Doctors are going back out on a world tour.

Slammin' Becomes SlamNation

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
I had completed my television pilot shot, Slammin’, shot at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café, and was shopping it to TV as a series. By then I was hooked into slam poetry in a big way. So in the summer of 1995 I went on a pilgrimage of sorts to Ann Arbor where the National Poetry Slam was happening that year.

There I met the movement’s founder Marc Smith. Man, did he give me the evil eye! He did not trust television people and he was very wary of someone appropriating and perverting the great thing that he had started. He also did not like the fact that Slammin’  was centered in New York, a place he was naturally suspicious of, being from Chicago.
 

 
So he and poets Gary Glazner and Allan Wolf sat me down, and explained their vision of where slam poetry should go and their reservations about putting it on television. I listened carefully and their interest in maintaining the integrity of the movement and keeping it inclusive to represent the diversity of slam poetry across the entire country had resonance. This meeting is the seed that germinated into SlamNation. Eventually I became good friends with all of them and part of the community myself.
 

SlamNation DVD 
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Slamnation - "Children of the Night"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy Saul Williams as he performs his poem "Children of the Night". This and much more is featured on SlamNation.
 


Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.
 

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SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 3

 
Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 3, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

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SlamNation Trailer

Jersey Kite Festival!

Posted by Paul Devlin:

So great hanging with my boys at Dan Snyder's house in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Took a walk on the beach and this is what we found.

Thanks for hosting us Dan!

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SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 2

 
Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 2, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 1

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 1, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Patricia Smith Jukebox

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Patricia Smith is a master of the persona poem, taking on the voice of a character in order to give us insight into their story.
 
 
Here is the complete performance from a poem excerpted in SlamNation.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

The Front Man - Baby Abdominizer

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 
 
Jim Wood shows off his new workout machine...and also his child.
 

The Front Man iTunes
The Front Man Trailer

 

Arthur Ashe Kids Day Teaser

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Arthur Ashe Kids Day is a warm up to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York City. Promoting the legacy of the great Arthur Ashe, the fun event fills the main arena with young tennis enthusiasts who are treated to performances by the greatest tennis champions in the world as well as rising stars in pop music. Talents like Rihanna and Justin Bieber appeared at Arthur Ashe Kids Day early in their careers before they were superstars.

CBS Sports broadcasts the event, and twice I have edited the complete hour-long show. This poignant tease, produced by Alana Campbell, preceded the 2012 broadcast.

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