Science fiction and progressive rock make delightful bedfellows at the Downtown LA Artwalk this August 14th. Sci-Fi Loves Prog, a progressive rock and science fiction extravaganza, will take place at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the Downtown LA Artwalk and Rare Bird Publishing.
Los Angeles — Thursday 14 August 2014 –Science fiction and progressive rock are two art forms which tend toward meticulous ideation, and to the mingling of common themes, like technology, social dystopias, altered realities, and struggles with identity. In an unprecedented literary crossover, the LA based progressive rock band perfect_beings have released an explosive album inspired by Suhail Rafidi’s science fiction novel, TJ & Tosc.
What makes sci fi and prog rock get along so well? How did it start? Where is it going? What do drugs have to do with it? Attend a discussion panel moderated by editor of Pravic magazine (and Total Dick-Head) David Gill, featuring science fiction author Suhail Rafidi, psychonaut extraordinaire Erik Davis, and cultural critic Marc Weingarten.
Followed up by a world class rock show: the explosive sci fi prog rock opus of perfect_beings. And don’t miss the unveiling of Mark Nichols’ Everexpanding Experience Machine. All at the Last Bookstore, this August 14th, during the Downtown LA Artwalk.
Mark Nichols is a musician and animator, with a flair for building remarkable objects. He is the composer of How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Man Opera. Nichols will be unveiling his Everexpanding Experience Machine at the event.
perfect_beings’ eponymous debut album, inspired by TJ & Tosc, is being hailed internationally as the prog rock album of 2014. perfect_beings will punctuate the discussion with a live performance of their opus.
The perfect_beings concert will stream live at:
Suhail Rafidi is a science fiction author whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. Rafidi’s debut novel TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide For Life After Western Culture, was cast into music by the progressive rock ensemble perfect_beings.
Erik Davis is a writer, scholar, journalist, and public speaker who has written cultural analysis ranging from rock criticism to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. Davis is the author of the celebrated Techngnosis, as well as Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV, and Nomad Codes. He has also written for the Village Voice, Spin, Rolling Stone, Details, and Wired magazines.
Marc Weingarten is the author of The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir and contributing author of Yes Is The Answer (And Other Prog Rock Tales), from Rare Bird Books. He also produced the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.
David Gill is the scholar who founded and maintains the Total Dick Head website, an authoritative Philip K. Dick resource. Science fiction writer, metal guitarist and editor of Pravic Magazine: A New Grammar For Science Fiction, Gill also organized San Francisco’s 2012 Philip K. Dick Festival. His fiction appeared in Pravic, The Speculative Edge, Theurgy Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Daily Science Fiction.
NOTE: it is advised to take public transportation, or UBER, or taxi-cab to this event. The Artwalk will shut down the streets and parking will be quite difficult. There will be food trucks, lots of other artists showcasing, and lots of fun. We look forward to seeing you.
Thursday 14 August 2014, 7 – 10PM
The Last Bookstore
453 Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 94013
Sci Fi Loves Prog Rock Facebook event page:
ArtWalk Downtown Los Angeles
(2nd Thursday of every month)