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Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

Pasca 1,5 tahun digebuk pagebluk, panti asuhan yang selama ini saya turut bina, Jodie O’Shea House (JOS), makin susah bertahan, sebentar lagi gulung tikar jika tiada tindak penyelamatan. Usianya tinggal hitungan sedikit bulan. 68 anak tanggungan JOS bakal terlunta terlantar. Maka itu saya memberanikan diri untuk menggalang dana publik.
Mai Mabasa Bali (let's speak Balinese) is a program that I run at the moment & the goal is to attract young people's interest to embrace their roots, their mother tongue: Balinese language. The dream is that Balinese language will be actively used again as a means of daily communication, as the lingua franca. Or at least the Balinese language is no longer considered as an obsolete object, uncool, being left to rot. We'll release some new and exciting Balinese songs by Navicula, The Hydrant Bali, James Manja, Alien Child, and the Balinese music veteran: Widi Widiana.
No band has captured such unknowable glimpses of imagined worlds, all in three minute splinters of Lynchian Surrealism, Old Testament brutalism and glassy-eyed ruminations on extraterrestrial life. No one else has forced a mass of voices to howl along to lyrics about slicing up eyeballs, or the environmentalist dread of millions of pounds of sludge enveloping the oceans. No one has even come close. “There was a guy…”
Musik Menguatkan Kita. Slogan yang digaungkan oleh para tulang punggung Anugerah Musik Bali 2021 tanpa disadari, secara psikologis, telah meneguhkan itikad mereka untuk tetap melanjutkan acara bersejarah tersebut. Seberapapun beratnya. Apapun risikonya. Dan memang, walau dalam situasi pagebluk yang serba sulit, kendala moral pula material nan kolosal, pagelaran di tahun ketiga ini nyatanya bisa terselenggara baik, relatif sukses besar.
“Would you agree in the ordinary course of events you would expect a young woman to be embarrassed if she had nothing on but a rug in the presence of eight men two of whom were hangers-on and the third a Moroccan servant?” asked the prosecutor, Malcolm Morris, to Keith Richards at the court in Chichester, West Sussex, England, this week, in 1967. Richards was facing charges that stemmed from the infamous raid of his Redland estate five months earlier.
74 years ago today, Bugsy Siegel, is shot and killed at his mistress Virginia Hill’s home in Beverly Hills, California. Siegel had been talking to his associate Allen Smiley when three bullets were fired through the window and into his head, killing him instantly.

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Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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