Sonic Outlaws

Craig Baldwin's experimental documentary is about a San Francisco band called Negativland, notorious cultural provocateurs who managed to get themselves sued for their creative appropriation of a U2 song. The points made here -- about authorship and authenticity in an age of electronic reproduction -- are mostly old hat to anyone who's followed recent debates...read more

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Craig Baldwin's experimental documentary is about a San Francisco band called Negativland, notorious cultural provocateurs who managed to get themselves sued for their creative appropriation of a U2 song. The points made here -- about authorship and

authenticity in an age of electronic reproduction -- are mostly old hat to anyone who's followed recent debates about postmodern culture. But the West Coast boho personalities on display are delightful examples of what we might call Purple Cow culture: We'd rather see than be one.

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