Day #6 Update...and a quick trip into the counterculture
We have some great additions to the AUTOCULT Advisory Board with our latest contributors:
We're so glad you joined us and we're going to have a great time working with you.
Speaking of working, one of the features for this issue we're knee-deep in is a very special piece on the counterculture filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. Having been through art school, I'd heard of Anger, but didn't know much more about him. But, while working on my '27 Model T hot rod at a friend's shop over in Richmond, CA, Brandon Casquilho (owner of Mullins Chain Drive--a custom motorcycle shop) popped in to see what the grinding noises were all about.
We got to talking and the conversation came around to the works of Kenneth Anger and how he had been influenced by the custom car and outlaw motorcycle club worlds in California in the Sixties. I had absolutely no idea.
Now, for those in the know, Anger is credited with influencing filmmakers like Spielberg and Scorsese and for the impetus of the music video. But Brandon's right: he made films like "Kustom Kar Kommandos" and "Scorpio Rising" -- both taking amazingly refreshing views on subcultures that we all have expected views on.
And Brandon practically dared us to do a story on Anger's work. Welp, I took that seriously and wrangled Brando into a rental car, drove to Hollywood and met up with Anger, himself, for lunch at Musso & Frank. On top of that, I called counterculture artist, Coop, to meet us there with his hot rod for a rare photoshoot with Kenneth.
The result is forthcoming in this issue you're helping us to produce. I think you'll dig it and it's a good example of the unique view this magazine is dedicated to.