While RockFire Funk Express never released any music while they were officially a band, in 1973 they recorded a two-song single at United Sound Systems, a legendary Detroit studio that recorded everyone from John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, the MC5 and countless others. The a-side “People Save the World” is a propulsive, socially-conscious, exercise in primitive funk rock. The b-side shares its title with the band’s name and is a breezy, easy-going instrumental, weirdly at odds with its name. These songs have sat in the can for over 40 years and were all-but-forgotten until the band that RockFire later morphed into, Death, became a cause-celebre in the punk community as early progenitors of the style with the 2009 release (comprised of recordings made in 1974)… For the Whole World to See. In conjunction with the release of the stellar A Band Called Death documentary film Third Man is finally unleashing these songs on the funk-thirsty public. The Hackney Brothers David, Dannis and Bobby are finally getting their due.
Purchase the 7” single here: http://thirdmanstore.com/people-save-the-world
The last piece of unfinished business for Tono and the Finance Company. Thank you Daniel Alexander and Emily Hlavac Green!
Filmed late last year. Great to finally see this out in the wild. Thanks to all who were involved.
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This is dedication.
Paul Rand, fabric design Abacus for L. Anton Maix, 1946
Lawrence Anton Maix, the manufacturer of this textile, was a successful textile producer in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as an early American proponent for modernist upholstery and interior furnishing fabrics. He was initially employed by Hans Knoll when Knoll first began his furniture company, and during his decade tenure at Knoll, Maix became friends with designers such as Serge Chermayeff, Jens Risom, and George Nelson, some of whom later would be enlisted to produce textiles for Maix after he started his independent business in 1948. When Maix left Knoll, he initially represented a number of small textile companies. However, in 1949 he began to produce textiles under his own name. It was at this point that he employed Paul Rand other prominent designers to produce a new line of designs called the Campagna collection. One such example of this collection is Abacus, designed by Rand, which is a screenprinted textile on plain weave exhibiting heavy horizontal stripes and narrower vertical stripes in black with irregularly spaced ovals as the beads of an abacus, in black, blue and green on a natural linen ground. It was also featured in a number of magazines, as well as distinguished by the Good Design award from The Museum of Modern Art in 1950. copperhewitt.org