Lollapalooza 2006 — Being There… Virtually

Got some links to video shot this weekend at Lollapalooza. Wish I coulda been there but at least there’s the flickr photostream, Blueroom video and youtube:

VIDEO – click to watch:
Sonic Youth plays “Schizophrenia”
Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi”
Wacky Interview with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne
Sleater-Kinney
Gnarls Barkley are the ‘Champions’

more video here.

Check for more archival video in the AT&T Blueroom HERE.

Lolla ’06 photostream via Flickr (tagged lollapalooza2006):

Best shots I’ve seen are from 5500 (Matt Peck — amazing Sleater-Kinney shots!) and chromewaves (Frank Yang).

So how was Lolla weekend?

Free Josh Wolf

free joshua wolfEarlier this week, Joshua Wolf, a 24-year-old freelance journalist and blogger, became the first journalist to be jailed for refusing to disclose information in a court of law since Judith Miller. These are hardly the “Scooter” Libby “Flame” top secrets revealed over a snazzy Georgetown meal, however, as Wolf would be the first to proclaim that he is no friend of the administration.Wolf had been blogging his experience here, until the 1st of August, when, as his mother wrote: “Although the July 20th hearing seemed promising, today the judge, Judge Alsop ruled against all motions including 5th amendment rights, rights coming under freedom of the press, against bail or a stay. Josh is in Dublin federal prison, in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay.”

It makes no difference that the video he withheld was of self-proclaimed anarchists at an anti-G8 summit — the “crime” it supposedly captured was a “riot” that grew out of the protest. Surely, one would think there were other camerapeople documenting the event.

This is a direct attack on freedom of speech and the expression of dissent that one often hears about in countries with extensively repressive governments such as China. Surely an appeal will be filed and the case will go to the 9th Circuit, but it may not be until next summer.

The SF Chronicle attests to these journalistic freedoms in an editorial titled “Free Josh Wolf.”