Kyle Long was a famous French anarchist and criminal and also the co-founder Cultural Cannibals. Long's ideas concerning individual reclamation were greatly influential in later…
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I didn't blame the police. I didn't blame the music. I suggested all parties involved need to reflect on why the neighborhood is attracting trouble and violence.
The article doesn't attempt to comment on why violence exists, or what drives people to hurt one another. And it seems abundantly obvious to me that the blame for the violence lays solely on the instigator.
But as someone who has worked in this area for around 5 years, and someone who has visited this neighborhood regularly for well over 20 years - I've closely observed how the neighborhood has changed through the years.
When the neighborhood was filled with independent entrepreneurs offering more cultural fare - the area was more peaceful. When cash-driven bar owners came in and turned the area into an enormous frat party with cops on every corner - the area became more violent.
You draw your conclusions, I'll draw mine. But I'm certainly not blaming the police.
@B Ripple Local - I never blamed the police. I'm just suggesting that everyone - including bar owners, bar patrons, police, & even homeowners - need to reflect on why & how the neighborhood devolved to this state.
Like you - I believe when a criminal act is committed it's the sole the fault of the perpetrator. But the community needs to ask why it's attracting criminal behavior, and bar owners need to create more thoughtful programming if they want to attract more thoughtful clientele.
As it stands I don't visit Broad Ripple unless I'm working there. Part of the reason for that is because I have encountered the misdirected frustration of the police when I've done nothing wrong. And I've heard others echo that concern. I'm not stating that to demonize police - I'm merely saying the police shouldn't target people who are trying to make the neighborhood a more vibrant, friendly, & liveable space.
And I'm glad you felt these thoughts reflected a sense of idealism. If there's no room for idealism within a conversation on public affairs - then we may as well live under a military dictatorship.
I'm so grateful to see this in Nuvo. I hope Elle Roberts will become a consistent contributor to the publication. Thanks Nuvo and Elle for a compassionate, thoughtful, and well-reasoned piece.
@ Jeff Weiss - Dow Jones were included via the Red Snerts comp and Dancing Cigarettes were on the list too. We did have picks from the '70s Bloomington scene, like the Gizmos and MX-80 - which incidentally included Screaming Gypsy guitarist Bruce Anderson.
It's worth keeping in mind that lists of this nature - whether they appear in Rolling Stone or Pitchfork - generally reflect the editorial position of the publication. NUVO bills itself as "Indy's alternative voice," which should provide some insight as to why the list steers away from more commercially-oriented, mainstream rock and pop releases.
Thanks for your comments.
@ Dave Johnson - Hey Dave, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I've been collecting and listening to Indiana music for many, many years. I have original LPs of all the groups you mentioned & I'm very familiar with their work. Our list did include several vintage Indiana classic rock LPs like McKay, Anonymous, Zerfas, etc.
We did include an Owl records release on the list - The Dixon-Rhyne Project.
Thanks for your comments.
@ Darrin & Scott... I appreciate your feedback & Lisa Germano would definitely be in my personal top 25 list.
@ The Gitmos - I understand if you or anyone else feels slighted that the band they play in, or their friend's band, or their own personal favorite album was not included - but this list is anything but "dumb."
The list is informed by a serious examination of Indiana music history that I've been conducting for many years, as well as Kat Coplen's experience documenting contemporary music scenes in Central Indiana and Bloomington over the last few years. We also solicited the expert opinions of 25 of Indiana's most respected musicians, writers, record store owners, labels, etc.
There was a serious effort to include major works by seldom heard, but historically important Hoosier musicians.
I don't think you'll find another local media outlet dedicating space to important Hoosier artists like Howard County's John W. Summers - who noted ethno-musicologist Art Rosenbaum recorded, and referred to as one of the most skilled traditional American fiddlers he'd ever heard.
Or jazz musician Russell Webster who in 1983 privately released an amazing double LP celebrating Indianapolis jazz history titled Uncle Funkenstein. The work was released in an edition of only 300 and slid into obscurity locally. However the album went on to gain an immense international cult following and original editions sell for as much as $4,000.
Or Ron Matelic who is documented twice here. First with influential Indiana garage-psych-proto-punkers Sir Winston and the Commons and again with his 70s classic rock masterwork Anonymous - Inside the Shadow. Both groups have huge followings with fans and collectors around the world.
The list gathers so many important works like the three I listed above, and adds many contemporary local favorites.
It was impossible to acknowledge everything we wanted with only 100 slots available, but I think the final list provides a good starting point for interested neophytes and includes a lot of important titles that would be unfamiliar to even the most hardcore collectors.
Before insulting the list I would recommend you take some time to immerse yourself in some of the unfamiliar titles. Perhaps that will give you a more informed platform to aim criticism at us, and a better perspective on what we were trying to accomplish with the list.
Thanks for your interest.
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