Monday, December 2, 2019

"Talk Music Talk with boice"
glen E. friedman Podcast Interview

There’s no such thing as too much glen E. friedman. The legendary photographer released three books in 2019. Expanded reissues of two classics: Keep Your Eyes Open - the Fugazi photographs and DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys (with C.R. Stecyk III) about the West Los Angeles skateboard scene from 1975-1985. Both titles are available from Akashic Books. The third, Together Forever (Rizzoli Books), features photos of Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. glen also shot the iconic album covers of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head. glen’s reputation was built on documenting the cultures of hip-hop, punk and skateboarding but his photography is far from simple snapshots; it’s the work of an artist who possesses the craft to make you experience that singular moment his camera caught each and every time.
boice is the host/producer of a brand new podcast. The StrandCast, The Official Podcast of Strand Bookstore in NYC at 12th and Broadway. Every other week listen to longform conversations with authors from different genres.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Public Talk with Guy Picciotto and myself

I will be having a talk and book signing event down at the Miami Book Fair this Saturday.

At 12 noon I will be signing copies of my newest book TOGETHER FOREVER.

At 3:30 I will be joined by Guy Picciotto of Fugazi to talk about the re-released FUGAZI book "Keep Your Eyes Open"

for more event information click HERE.

Monday, November 18, 2019


I will be having a public talk and book signing at Barnes & Nobel on Union Square. Come get the new book and stay for the talk and get your book signed if you want. DMC and Chuck D. will be there for the talk and quite possibly some other contributors to the book may be in the house.

Get advance book/pass before it sells out here:

"Extra Strength Posse 1987"

Friday, November 15, 2019

Chuck D. of Public Enemy

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PUBLIC ENEMY - CHUCK D. - Jail Cell in Hell's Kitchen 1988. This photo was taken a week or two before, the 2nd album cover, IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK. I'm proud to have been a part of that album. . Besides being a dope photo I am posting this one today because Chuck, DMC and myself, after a discussion about the work, will be signing copies of my new book “TOGETHER FOREVER” this coming Monday at Barnes & Nobel on Union Square in New York City. Why will Chuck be there you ask? Because he is a huge Run-DMC & Beastie Boys Fan and supporter, and he wrote the final essay in the book! . . The event is free to anyone who buys a copy of the book, you can get advance tickets by going to To assure your place a seat and a book! . . (Now to continue a little with the story of this photo) We had to do a re-shoot because Flavor actually didn’t make it to the photo session since he was actually incarcerated for some minor offense. So we made a few photos like this one and rescheduled. At that LP cover session, Flavor was very uncomfortable during the shoot as one might imagine, some one who had actually been in a cell recently might feel. . IMHO “It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” is the greatest hip hop album ever! . . this photograph was first published in my book FUCK YOU HEROES (out of print) and is also in my book MY RULES printed bigger and better than ever (and still in print). . ... #Inspiration #integrity #DefJam #PUBLICENEMY #BlackSteel #ChuckD #S1Ws #FlavorFlav #hipHop #GoldenEra #ExtraStrengthPosse #itTakesANationOfMillionsToHoldUsBack #Punk #art #composition #character #attitude #Historic #film @mrchuckd_pe @kingdmc

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Monday, November 11, 2019

T-shirts and Hoodies Available Now

Very rare i allow my work on apparel, but i like the graphic renditions Shepard does with my photographs and I think they work much better on cloth than actual photos. Stoked they did this!

from OBEY:
In celebration of legendary photographer GEF's new book release Together Forever, Shepard Fairey and Glen E. Friedman have collaborated once again to create illustrations based on iconic photographs of RUN-DMC and Beastie Boys from the newly released book for OBEY Clothing. Together Forever symbolizes two groups working together. In a time of such divisiveness it’s a great reminder that there doesn’t need to be a racial divide. Exclusive pre-order available at the Obey clothing site, for the Together Forever collection.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Book Signing in Los Angeles this Saturday Evening

At the world famous BOOK SOUP Bookstore on the infamous Sunset Strip across from the old Tower Records, I will be signing copies of my newest title TOGETHER FOREVER as well as copies of DogTown - The Legend of The Z-Boys with guests Peggy Oki, Jeff Ho, Paul Constantineau, and Jim Muir. And I'll also be signing the reprint of KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN , the book of all my best Fugazi photographs.

Hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Together Forever book signing in Rome Friday 5 October

Questo è un appuntamento per gli amanti della cultura punk, hip hop e dello skateboarding ribelle.
Venerdì 4 ottobre alle 19 Glen E. Friedman sarà a Officine Fotografiche Roma per un talk e la presentazione del libro Together Forever.

Non potete perdervelo!

We will be screening the 20 year old FUCK YOU ALL mini doc made by Roma's own Fluid Video crew.

And I will be signing books and answering questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

TOGETHER FOREVER book comes out Tuesday!

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Run-DMC & BEASTIE BOYS - I got my advance copy (see above and swipe for more) of TOGETHER FOREVER - my new book of photographs - 224 packed pages - same dimensions as “keep your eyes open” - many many never before seen photographs, as well as the classics, and detailed stories I’ve never told before, in my (5000 word 🙄) introduction, that comes after the forward by huge Run and Beasties fan, Chris Rock @ChrisRock - as well as commentaries from Chuck D. @mrchuckd_pe , Mike D. @miked , Darryl @kingdmc , Adam Horovitz @garbagefeet , Run @revwon , The Hurra @djhurricane1 , Russ @unclerush , and Rick @rickrubin - if you love these two groups you will love this book. . . Official release day is October 1st!!! There will be several book signings. The first is going to be in Northern New Jersey, at a store call Book Ends @bookendsnj on the 1st day of release!!! DMC will be there with me to sign books! If RUN is in town he may come by too! Should be fun. . . . 🤞🏽 I am also looking to have signings in Manhattan (@fotografiskanyc), Brooklyn (@beyondthestreetsart), Los Angeles (@booksoup), Miami (@miamibookfair) and possibly one in Rome, 🇮🇹 . All are being worked on now, I’ll let you know as any further of these or other dates get confirmed... this book is being published by @rizzolibooks so it will be AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ... if you are interested, try and get it from your favorite local bookseller. . . #rowofthree #books #HipHop #RunDMC #BeastieBoys #DefJam #photography #inspiration #OldSchool #GoldenEra #TogetherForever #Unity #StandTogether #Peace #loveofthegame #LoveOfArt #RapMusic #NewYorkCity #UniversalLanguage #GoldFoil #guilding #BBOY #Style #RockinTheGold #DookieRope #DedicatedToTheKids

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The "3.5% rule":
How A Small Minority Can Change The World

from BBC Future Now:

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change

In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.

In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands.

Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria both announced they would step aside after decades in office, thanks to peaceful campaigns of resistance.

In each case, civil resistance by ordinary members of the public trumped the political elite to achieve radical change.
There are, of course, many ethical reasons to use nonviolent strategies. But compelling research by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, confirms that civil disobedience is not only the moral choice; it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics – by a long way.

Looking at hundreds of campaigns over the last century, Chenoweth found that nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to achieve their goals as violent campaigns. And although the exact dynamics will depend on many factors, she has shown it takes around 3.5% of the population actively participating in the protests to ensure serious political change.

Chenoweth’s influence can be seen in the recent Extinction Rebellion protests, whose founders say they have been directly inspired by her findings. So just how did she come to these conclusions?

Needless to say, Chenoweth’s research builds on the philosophies of many influential figures throughout history. The African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth, the suffrage campaigner Susan B Anthony, the Indian independence activist Mahatma Gandhi and the US civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King have all convincingly argued for the power of peaceful protest.

Yet Chenoweth admits that when she first began her research in the mid-2000s, she was initially rather cynical of the idea that nonviolent actions could be more powerful than armed conflict in most situations. As a PhD student at the University of Colorado, she had spent years studying the factors contributing to the rise of terrorism when she was asked to attend an academic workshop organised by the International Center of Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a non-profit organisation based in Washington DC. The workshop presented many compelling examples of peaceful protests bringing about lasting political change – including, for instance, the People Power protests in the Philippines.

But Chenoweth was surprised to find that no-one had comprehensively compared the success rates of nonviolent versus violent protests; perhaps the case studies were simply chosen through some kind of confirmation bias. “I was really motivated by some scepticism that nonviolent resistance could be an effective method for achieving major transformations in society,” she says.

Working with Maria Stephan, a researcher at the ICNC, Chenoweth performed an extensive review of the literature on civil resistance and social movements from 1900 to 2006 – a data set then corroborated with other experts in the field. They primarily considered attempts to bring about regime change. A movement was considered a success if it fully achieved its goals both within a year of its peak engagement and as a direct result of its activities. A regime change resulting from foreign military intervention would not be considered a success, for instance. A campaign was considered violent, meanwhile, if it involved bombings, kidnappings, the destruction of infrastructure – or any other physical harm to people or property.

“We were trying to apply a pretty hard test to nonviolent resistance as a strategy,” Chenoweth says. (The criteria were so strict that India’s independence movement was not considered as evidence in favour of nonviolent protest in Chenoweth and Stephan’s analysis – since Britain’s dwindling military resources were considered to have been a deciding factor, even if the protests themselves were also a huge influence.)

By the end of this process, they had collected data from 323 violent and nonviolent campaigns. And their results – which were published in their book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict – were striking.
Strength in numbers

Overall, nonviolent campaigns were twice as likely to succeed as violent campaigns: they led to political change 53% of the time compared to 26% for the violent protests.

This was partly the result of strength in numbers. Chenoweth argues that nonviolent campaigns are more likely to succeed because they can recruit many more participants from a much broader demographic, which can cause severe disruption that paralyses normal urban life and the functioning of society.

In fact, of the 25 largest campaigns that they studied, 20 were nonviolent, and 14 of these were outright successes. Overall, the nonviolent campaigns attracted around four times as many participants (200,000) as the average violent campaign (50,000).

The People Power campaign against the Marcos regime in the Philippines, for instance, attracted two million participants at its height, while the Brazilian uprising in 1984 and 1985 attracted one million, and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 attracted 500,000 participants.

“Numbers really matter for building power in ways that can really pose a serious challenge or threat to entrenched authorities or occupations,” Chenoweth says – and nonviolent protest seems to be the best way to get that widespread support.

Once around 3.5% of the whole population has begun to participate actively, success appears to be inevitable.

Besides the People Power movement, the Singing Revolution in Estonia and the Rose Revolution in Georgia all reached the 3.5% threshold

“There weren’t any campaigns that had failed after they had achieved 3.5% participation during a peak event,” says Chenoweth – a phenomenon she has called the “3.5% rule”. Besides the People Power movement, that included the Singing Revolution in Estonia in the late 1980s and the Rose Revolution in Georgia in the early 2003.

Chenoweth admits that she was initially surprised by her results. But she now cites many reasons that nonviolent protests can garner such high levels of support. Perhaps most obviously, violent protests necessarily exclude people who abhor and fear bloodshed, whereas peaceful protesters maintain the moral high ground.

Chenoweth points out that nonviolent protests also have fewer physical barriers to participation. You do not need to be fit and healthy to engage in a strike, whereas violent campaigns tend to lean on the support of physically fit young men. And while many forms of nonviolent protests also carry serious risks – just think of China’s response in Tiananmen Square in 1989 – Chenoweth argues that nonviolent campaigns are generally easier to discuss openly, which means that news of their occurrence can reach a wider audience. Violent movements, on the other hand, require a supply of weapons, and tend to rely on more secretive underground operations that might struggle to reach the general population.

By engaging broad support across the population, nonviolent campaigns are also more likely to win support among the police and the military – the very groups that the government should be leaning on to bring about order.

During a peaceful street protest of millions of people, the members of the security forces may also be more likely to fear that their family members or friends are in the crowd – meaning that they fail to crack down on the movement. “Or when they’re looking at the [sheer] numbers of people involved, they may just come to the conclusion the ship has sailed, and they don’t want to go down with the ship,” Chenoweth says.

In terms of the specific strategies that are used, general strikes “are probably one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, single method of nonviolent resistance”, Chenoweth says. But they do come at a personal cost, whereas other forms of protest can be completely anonymous. She points to the consumer boycotts in apartheid-era South Africa, in which many black citizens refused to buy products from companies with white owners. The result was an economic crisis among the country’s white elite that contributed to the end of segregation in the early 1990s.

“There are more options for engaging and nonviolent resistance that don’t place people in as much physical danger, particularly as the numbers grow, compared to armed activity,” Chenoweth says. “And the techniques of nonviolent resistance are often more visible, so that it's easier for people to find out how to participate directly, and how to coordinate their activities for maximum disruption.”

A magic number?

These are very general patterns, of course, and despite being twice as successful as the violent conflicts, peaceful resistance still failed 47% of the time. As Chenoweth and Stephan pointed out in their book, that’s sometimes because they never really gained enough support or momentum to “erode the power base of the adversary and maintain resilience in the face of repression”. But some relatively large nonviolent protests also failed, such as the protests against the communist party in East Germany in the 1950s, which attracted 400,000 members (around 2% of the population) at their peak, but still failed to bring about change.

In Chenoweth’s data set, it was only once the nonviolent protests had achieved that 3.5% threshold of active engagement that success seemed to be guaranteed – and raising even that level of support is no mean feat. In the UK it would amount to 2.3 million people actively engaging in a movement (roughly twice the size of Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city); in the US, it would involve 11 million citizens – more than the total population of New York City.

The fact remains, however, that nonviolent campaigns are the only reliable way of maintaining that kind of engagement.

Chenoweth and Stephan’s initial study was first published in 2011 and their findings have attracted a lot of attention since. “It’s hard to overstate how influential they have been to this body of research,” says Matthew Chandler, who researches civil resistance at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Isabel Bramsen, who studies international conflict at the University of Copenhagen agrees that Chenoweth and Stephan’s results are compelling. “It’s [now] an established truth within the field that the nonviolent approaches are much more likely to succeed than violent ones,” she says.

Regarding the “3.5% rule”, she points out that while 3.5% is a small minority, such a level of active participation probably means many more people tacitly agree with the cause.

These researchers are now looking to further untangle the factors that may lead to a movement’s success or failure. Bramsen and Chandler, for instance, both emphasise the importance of unity among demonstrators.

As an example, Bramsen points to the failed uprising in Bahrain in 2011. The campaign initially engaged many protestors, but quickly split into competing factions. The resulting loss of cohesion, Bramsen thinks, ultimately prevented the movement from gaining enough momentum to bring about change.

Chenoweth’s interest has recently focused on protests closer to home – like the Black Lives Matter movement and the Women’s March in 2017. She is also interested in Extinction Rebellion, recently popularised by the involvement of the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. “They are up against a lot of inertia,” she says. “But I think that they have an incredibly thoughtful and strategic core. And they seem to have all the right instincts about how to develop and teach through a nonviolent resistance campaigns.”

Ultimately, she would like our history books to pay greater attention to nonviolent campaigns rather than concentrating so heavily on warfare. “So many of the histories that we tell one another focus on violence – and even if it is a total disaster, we still find a way to find victories within it,” she says. Yet we tend to ignore the success of peaceful protest, she says.

“Ordinary people, all the time, are engaging in pretty heroic activities that are actually changing the way the world – and those deserve some notice and celebration as well.”

Please see the original BBC piece HERE with images.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Brilliant promos

If you ever played baseball as a kid, and I certainly did (and still love playing softball to this day), these 15 second clips will resonate wildly with you as they did for me. Great work MLB and who ever produced these.