PRESS: Hear the KBOO audio from 3/16/13

You can hear the entire broadcast of KBOO’s long running show ‘The Outside World’ hosted by the incredible and talented Daniel.

Click here to hear it: 

Direct Download here: https://archive.org/details/KbooAmyShane

This was such a great experience for us, as big fans of community radio it was exciting to be on the very station that birthed our own community’s community radio station, plus, the host Daniel was such an amazing guy, so smart, so thoughtful, so mindful, that is rare in the world today. And everyone at KBOO was so lovely to us – Danielle, Erin, all of the broadcasters we met while there, we even got to bring our pooch Cheyenne along for the show.

We had a really great time doing this show, and are proud to cal Daniel a friend today!

Thank you KBOO!

The Book: Part 9, Pages 401-450

Welcome to Part Nine of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This are pages 401 through 450 of our book, and we offer it here for whatever you think it is worth. Hopefully, this gives your Monday a boost!

This section features our travels through California – We speak to filmmaker Shane Ryan, Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, Mykee Ramen of the notorious “Burnt Ramen”, The Universal Life Church and Jeff Becerra of Possessed! Hey, when Life gives you lemons, squeeze up some lemonade! Cheers!

We offer the book and movie as an interactive PDF and a streaming video in a pay-what-you-can honor system model, or $25+shipping for the paperback, you can get it here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32.

The hosting, building and maintaining the website, the app that creates this flip book and paypal fees all cost money, not to mention the 5+ years we have invested in this project with our whole hearts and minds.  This project was an enormous undertaking, and we did it with no support, no grants, no credit cards, which made it an extremely challenging task. We had none of the comforts of home for more than a year!  We worked odd jobs, and slept sitting up in the front seat of our car quite often.

Why would we do this you ask?  We wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference, to provoke thought, and to give people their say.  We hope you enjoy reading our words and those of the people who gave us their time to help document true America.

Please support independent art and creative endeavors and throw us a token of your appreciation, think of it like tipping a waitress or a barista, and this is certainly more long lasting than an espresso!

Thank you for your support and your time. Please enjoy our artistic expression.




BLOG: The Legion of Metal: From ‘West of Memphis’ to ‘Metal Messiah’ All In A Day!

The Legion of Metal: From ‘West of Memphis’ to ‘Metal Messiah’ All In A Day!

From Amy Bugbee

This weekend my husband Shane and I were invited to see the new documentary ‘West Of Memphis‘ in Portland. The film chronicles the case of the West Memphis 3, three young men convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys in a “Satanic Ritual” in the poor and rural community of West Memphis, Arkansas, back in 1993.

Basically, it is the case of three poor teenage boys who don’t fit what the community deems the norms of society, they are metal heads, they are poor, they make dark art, so of course when a heinous crime happens in the community all fingers point at the three outcasts rather than looking to the more obvious suspects, such as the families of the victims, or even a report of a bloody and disoriented stranger at a fast food restaurant a few blocks from the crime scene. Forget all that, heavy metal is to blame!

Shortly after their arrest, HBO sent a camera crew down there to create a “shock-u-mentary” about the “satanic” crime, instead, the filmmakers believed the young men to be innocent and created ‘Paradise Lost’ which has since become a trilogy of documentaries.  ’Paradise Lost’ got others involved – supporters, lawyers, activists, rock stars, and the result was a second trial (which they also lost), a support website, and a legion of supporters.

Famed director Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Welsh got involved with the West Memphis 3 early on and eventually hired a team of forensic experts and FBI profilers to reexamine the case.  The results have come to light in the movie, directed by Amy Berg and produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, ‘West of Memphis’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgqP2SS33VI). The pressure they exerted on the Arkansas legal system for bungling the case so badly finally forced the courts to offer an “Alford Plea” to the three young men, which basically allowed them to leave prison while making it impossible for them to seek damages from the state or push for further investigation to find the real killer.

The movie was riveting, it offered many new facts in the case, and the findings of the highly skilled team of scientists and investigators. As supporters of the West Memphis 3, we were certainly interested in seeing the movie, but more than that, we had footage in the movie and credit in the credits, so we felt compelled to see it the first chance we got. We also took some measure of pride in our own investigations into the case during our year long road trip, and the five short videos we produced regarding the West Memphis 3 that are on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/ayearatthewheel/).  It was exciting to be part of something we have felt so strongly about for so many years, and given our own experiences with witch hunts, we know how easily such things can come about.

In 2007, Shane and I were “shunned” and forced to leave a small town in Northern Minnesota where we had spent two years, we’d come to help my father, we’d started a business and become part of the community, but none of that mattered when the moral minority found on the internet that we’d published some controversial books and said some outrageous things. Shane sympathized with school shooters, we listened to Metal and we with and conducted the last interview with Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan. Our experience was terrifying and isolating, our lives were threatened, still it was minor compared to what the three young men in prison were going through. Ultimately our own experience is probably why Peter Jackson threw us a bone when he paid us for a brief bit of footage from our year long documentary project. The project which produced more than 150 short videos during our travels recently translated into a 532 book and movie, it offers a number of the interviews we collected regarding the West Memphis 3.

The subject matter of ‘West of Memphis’ was heavy, even beyond the horror of the crime itself, they spoke at length about abuse, and the sister of one of the slain boys discussed during a filmed therapy session how she cannot recall most of her childhood, and tells of being beaten with the buckle side of a belt by her father, who according to witnesses makes him the last person to see the three victims alive. This is the sort of thing that hits close to home for us, and part of the kinship most metal heads share, especially those that have been persecuted (or prosecuted as in this case) for their interests and beliefs.

‘West of Memphis’ is not a popcorn movie (though I tried), and I knew it wouldn’t be, and I knew it might be hard to take, so while looking at movie times in Portland, I happened to notice another movie playing the same day, a movie called ‘Metal Messiah: Born Again Sage‘ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKu29PwpH1Y). My curiosity was piqued, and I searched the internet for information, I found the trailer which won us over, so we decided, ‘West of Memphis’ then ‘Metal Messiah’. We were both so glad we made this decision in the end!

We raced across Portland (which takes about ten minutes) to the other theater and got in just in time to catch some classic metal music videos. The filmmaker came on stage and introduced the movie, which was a surprise as I had no idea it was a local production, and then it began.

I cannot tell you how great it was to see a metal movie that was obviously made by metal heads, it was not condescending to metal, it was not stupid. It was smart and thoughtful and controversial.  It followed the story of Sage a metal head trying to find his way in the world. He finally gets a band together with a couple Nigerian exchange students and they rock!  But, things are never that easy, and soon Sage is questioning everything in his life and falling for a Christian girl (Oh No!).

All of the music in this movie is great, and the plight of the metal head is honest and tragic. It also tied back into ‘West of Memphis’ as Sage describes his parents divorce, and beatings from his father leading him down the path to metal and satan, it is something most metal heads including the West Memphis 3 can relate to, but Sage explains it in a way that is honest without being a downer and without taking the comedy out of the movie. ‘Metal Messiah’ was not afraid to touch on subjects of race, homosexuality and abuse in an honest yet humorous manner, and it was just what we needed after ‘West of Memphis’ and the hopeless feeling that justice will never be served in the case of the ‘West Memphis 3′.

It almost sounds like a joke when I say it “Two satanists walk into a theater showing a movie about three satanic killers and then go see a satanically sympathetic metal comedy”. It seems there is a punchline in there somewhere. But in reality, being two people labeled  ”satanists” and lifelong metal heads, it was quite the experience to see ‘West Of Memphis’ a tale of three teenagers accused of being “satanists” and metal heads convicted of a heinous crime based on their interests rather than evidence, and then 30 minutes later watching a metal comedy that explains the link of metal and satanism, and the pain that drives the rebellion into those worlds in a lighthearted way, was a surreal experience and made for an incredible double feature.

Below you’ll find the ‘West of Memphis’ trailer, our own WM3/Terry Hobbs is the killer scoop, and the trailer for ‘Metal Messiah’…

 

 

PRESS: Hear us speaking with The Gauntlet

The Shane And Amy Bugbee Interview On Their Year On The Road

The Gauntlet recently caught up with writers and documentarians Shane and Amy Bugbee. The avid metalheads recently released a book titled ”The Suffering And Celebration Of Life In America” along with a documentary of their journey across the country over a year.

During the year long trip, they interviewed Possessed’s Jeff Becerra, Gene Hoglan, Ian Mackaye, Averse Sefira and many other people from the American underground….

Listen to the audio at the following link or hit play and the player below:

http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/27543/The-Shane-And-Amy-Bugbee-Interview-On-Their-Year-On-The-Road#.UUji1uvWGjo

 

The Book: Part 8, Pages 351-400

Welcome to Part Eight of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This are pages 351 through 400 of our book, and we offer it here for whatever you think it is worth. Hopefully, this gives your Monday a boost!

This section features Dennis Banks and The Longest Walk, ‘Bumfights’ creator Ryen McPherson, Szandora LaVey and Heather Veitch (quite the juxtaposition!), and the darkest moment of our road trip – Total betrayal! If you thought my sister tossing us out on the streets at the beginning of our trip was bad, it was nothing in comparison to this! You will laugh, you may cry, and you will probably get angry. Enjoy!

We offer the book and movie as an interactive PDF and a streaming video in a pay-what-you-can honor system model, or $25+shipping for the paperback, you can get it here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32.

The hosting, building and maintaining the website, the app that creates this flip book and paypal fees all cost money, not to mention the 5+ years we have invested in this project with our whole hearts and minds.  This project was an enormous undertaking, and we did it with no support, no grants, no credit cards, which made it an extremely challenging task. We had none of the comforts of home for more than a year!  We worked odd jobs, and slept sitting up in the front seat of our car quite often.

Why would we do this you ask?  We wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference, to provoke thought, and to give people their say.  We hope you enjoy reading our words and those of the people who gave us their time to help document true America.

Please support independent art and creative endeavors and throw us a token of your appreciation, think of it like tipping a waitress or a barista, and this is certainly more long lasting than an espresso!

Thank you for your support and your time. Please enjoy our artistic expression.




PRESS: Hear us on KBOO Tonight!

Tonight join us on KBOO radio: http://kboo.fm/

We will be on ‘The Outside World’ discussing our road trip with host the amazing and fabulous Daniel! The show starts at Midnight Friday night, or Saturday morning aas it were.

Daniel says we will eat cookies and talk about our book and movie project and the upcoming event at The Clinton Street Theater on April 9th! He’s also going to play great music, including bands we interviewed on the road!

More on the event here: http://cstpdx.com/show/suffering-celebration-life-america

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PRESS: deathmetal.org, asks the heavy questions…..

One of our favorite websites, deathmetal.org has honored us with some tough questions about our trip, our lives, and our love of Metal. It is a great honor to be questioned by such a smart fellow as Brett Stevens, and be on deathmetal.org!

Want to know more about ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’, our book  and movie? Want to know more more about why on earth we would spend an entire year traveling the USA filming people about America? Want to know more about the circumstances that led to our project?

The answers are here: http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-shane-and-amy-bugbee-milwaukee-metalfest-the-suffering-and-celebration-of-life-in-america/

In addition, the rest of the website is awesome too!

A quote from the article, “They also caught the spirit of metal in their critique of society and its tendency toward herdlike conformity, along with a refusal to join in. The resulting adventures were insightful and humorous, and you can read them in the book. But for now, the interview…”

The Book: Part 7 of 11, Pages 301-350

Welcome to Part 7 of our book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This section brings us through Texas and New Mexico, some of the very best days of our trip.

We spent months planning this trip, a year living it, and four more years putting this together. It was hard and emotional, and required facing a lot of things we did not want to face. If you have been reading along, then you know.

Feel free to send us a note and let us know what you think, or post something up on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Suffering-Celebration-Life-America/dp/1929399057

Thank you and enjoy!




EVENT: We are at Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR on April 9th

Join Shane and Amy Bugbee at the beautiful and historic Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon for an evening of travel tales and short videos on April 9th.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/131029107076369/

And on the Clinton Street Theater website: http://cstpdx.com/show/suffering-celebration-life-america

PRESS: Talk of Our Book on The Traveling Yeti

The Traveling Yeti has just added a brief write up about our Boovie project in their March issue.

Here is a quote: “Independent filmmakers and husband/wife duo, Shane and Amy Bugbee, sought out an expedition throughout the United States to capture the voice and see what it is that lights the fires in the souls of people around us.”

Here is a link to the article: http://www.thetravelingyeti.com/current/2013/3/3/voices.html

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