'Startling Art' book cover by Dennis Larkins
11. Startling Art
Dennis Larkins' book "Startling Art: Revealing the Art of Dennis Larkins" (2010, Last Gasp) is perfect for startling holiday gift-giving, especially for that quirky, retro 50's/trains-planes-automobiles/Grateful Dead/UFO/art-lovin'/still-stoned-after-all-these-years/hard-to-buy-for guy on your list.
Why They Can't Go Back by Dennis Larkins
And this book is required reading for anyone who owns a circa 1955 kidney-shaped coffee table.
Let the Crumbs Fall Where They May by Dennis Larkins
Larkins is a former Grateful Dead artist who also designed sets for Bill Graham's iconic "Day on the Green" music festivals, including the legendary "Monsters of Rock." Nowadays he's painting his wild and wiley visions on canvas.
High Expectations by Dennis Larkins
See more images and my full book review, "Set The Raygun to "Stun': Dennis Larkins' Startling Art," on OEN at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Set-The-Raygun-to-Stun--by-Meryl-Ann-Butler-101002-351.html
Available at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble. Visit Larkins' site at www.startlingart.com
Still: Pipe Dreams by Animusic by Animusic
12. Rube Goldberg and Star Wars Roll All Over Beethoven
Multitudes of people have received the farm music email hoax, which surfaced in 2006, and included a video showing a "musical machine made from farm equipment." Snopes.com says, "This video clip of a fabulous Rube-Goldberg-like contraption that produces catchy, mellow music by continuously shooting balls at various percussion instruments is, as usual, a clip removed from the context of its original source and sent winging around the internet accompanied by a fictitious explanation of its origins." http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp
Snopes reports that the video is actually computer animated instruments which appear to beperforming to music with precision timing. The title is "Pipe Dream" and it's by Animusic. Snopes notes that that the device pictured does not exist.
At least not in ordinary reality.