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DISTRIBUTE IT (to the lower level) Papillon & Mike Wird

Enjoyed this video (featuring great video game graphics/sounds) from Papillon.

Get the whole album, Calligraphy, at Bandcamp.

Papillon (a.k.a. the PeanutButterFly) is a Caribbean American poet and song-writer from Paris, France. Raised with a very culturally diverse environment and brought up in a world of entertainment, this multi-media artist has been an actor and musician since the early age of 12. After a first solo album called “the Amber Dawn” he is returning to the stage with the double album “Calligraphy”.


Obituary: Gary Grimshaw (1946-2014), poster artist and Minister of Art for the White Panther Party

Gary Grimshaw, poster artist and Minister of Art for the White Panther party, has died after a long illness at the age of 67.

Funeral information: Gary Grimshaw funeral set for Sunday at MOCAD, Detroit News

Funeral arrangements for Gary Grimshaw, famed Detroit poster artist, have been set. Grimshaw, 67, died Monday at Detroit Receiving Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, at 4454 Woodward in Detroit. There will be music from 8-9 p.m.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at MOCAD, with a reception following at the Scarab Club.

Grimshaw had just been honored last week by the Scarab Club, which had his wife Laura affix his signature to one of the ceiling beams on Friday, joining the signatures of artists including Diego Rivera, Tyree Guyton and Norman Rockwell. The Scarab Club is exhibiting Grimshaw’s work until Feb. 15.


Obituary: Detroit News.

Grimshaw’s vivid fliers and posters for the legendary Grande Ballroom in the late 1960s featured artists such as the MC5, Cream, the Yardbirds and Paul Butterfield. His style went beyond psychedelic, and is instantly recognizable to rock poster fans, and highly collectible.


Grimshaw was best friends in childhood with the late MC5 singer Rob Tyner. He was also a part of revolutionary poet John Sinclair’s Rainbow People’s Party and the “Trans-Love Energies” artistic movement. Grimshaw was active from the late 60s until recently, doing new work for local appearances by The White Stripes and Patti Smith and publishing a book last summer with Leni Sinclair titled Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History of Motor City Rock and Roll 1965 to 1975.

Gary Grimshaw page on Facebook

In December 2011 the Ann Arbor District Public Library celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Free John Now! Concert featuring John Lennon, in great style. The poster for the original concert is one of Gary’s most popular images. For the Ann Arbor events Gary drew a commemorative poster by hand. A group of Gary’s friends from the time organized a Hill Street House Reunion gathering and Gary was able to reconnect with many friends. The newspaper The Ann Arbor Sun is electronically available at thanks to the Library’s great effort.

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Calligraphy, a new album and Indiegogo campaign from Papillon

My friend Papillon is working on a double album “Calligraphy” which he’s producing with the help of an Indiegogo campaign. Of this he says

Over the past few years I have traveled to many places, through many cultures and created music with many people on our planet. This resulted in the Calligraphy collection to be released on a double album later this year.

The next few steps of the way will require a small push from my community of dreamers, makers and supporters.

“You want to know my tricks? How I keep from losing my mind. /
Basically, I just remember I’m not one of a kind. /
I connect to as many artists as I can find that are genuine /
And that know our mission’s divine.”
(Lyrics from “My Truth”)

For more information see his Indiegogo campaign and see and hear more of his music and plans for cool stuff to go along with the release, including a vinyl pressing and a 3D printed USB drive to go with the album.

Preserve the history of Detroit sound – the Detroit Sound Conservancy’s oral history Kickstarter project

The Detroit Sound Conservancy has a Kickstarter project going to raise $5,000 towards preserving the history of Detroit music through a series of oral history interviews of Detroit area music critics and journalists.

There is no public oral history archive dedicated to Detroit music. We are going to build one. You can help. We are going to start with the "first responders" to the Detroit sound: Detroit music journalists. Detroit music journalists have been key archivists of Detroit sounds that have changed the world, from Motown to techno, blues to jazz, to so much more. They have documented the bands. They have interviewed the musicians. They tell the stories so the music lives. This project is for them. This is the Detroit Sound Conservancy's first project. You can be a part of making this happen.

Contribute to the project here.


Detroit Sound Conservancy Introduces 'Oral History Project" from hawkhaus films on Vimeo.