June 14, 2006

Straight Outta Compton

Yeah, they had nothing but contempt for soft middle-class intellectuals like me, but after not having heard it for nearly a decade, listening to it still electrifies everything it touches in me, still drives the thoughts along in uneasy rhythmic lurches.

(In the early 90's I covered the Peoples Park riots in Berkeley as a freelance photographer; late on the night of the worst of it all we'd been coralled into a small quietly seething crowd on Bancroft up near College, fenced in by lines of out-of-town police just itching to beat up the Berkeley students and punks pressed together in the heat. Suddenly someone started looping "Fuck Tha Police" loud as hell from a speaker propped up in an upper-storey window overlooking the crowd; suddenly the night had clarity and focus. A loud voice from somewhere in the police ruck shouted "Get that fucking thing turned off!", and within a minute or so a news cameraman had been dragged from the lines, clubbed, arrested, and hustled away out of sight. Over it all the loop just got louder).

2 Comments:

At 6/16/2006 4:26 pm, Blogger Angela Natividad said...

I feel like I've heard this story before

 
At 6/16/2006 6:32 pm, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Yeah, well, one way or another, you've heard all my stories before, no...?

 

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