"This text is an ethnographic text, if somewhat surreally. It invites you, its readers, not so much to agree or disagree with the evidence and analysis set forth by me, its author, as to enter actively into the process of re-searching your own historical and biographically given positions" – Stephen Pfohl
In 1970, The Brotherhood of Eternal Love paid the Weathermen to smuggle Timothy Leary out of prison and into the care of Black Panthers in Algeria. Subsequently, Eldridge Cleaver made a statement via radio broadcast in which he renounced the possibility of alliance between the Panthers and Leary and psychedelic drug culture as a whole.
This piece came about in an attempt to answer the question of what such an alliance might have otherwise produced.
– Ben Blohowiak, Charlottesville. Summer 2022
In 2010, when this visionary, cut-up masterpiece was assembled, revolutionary aspirations for justice had not yet fractured along lines of identity under the fatuous doctrine of intersectionality. Strangely, by
synthetically collapsing the provocative analyses of the Black Panther’s storied leadership (all staunch internationalists) with the musings of the most verbose and controversial of the psychedelic advocates
(along with a diverse plenitude of other sounds and voices), Blohowiak succeeds in sonically conjuring an instruction manual for what Sun Ra termed our Alter Destiny. This manual constitutes a diagram for a
planet saved from the implosive weight of its many corruptions, a diagram that must be “read” by our ears but approximates quite closely what Manuel de Landa theorized as the potent role of diagrams in
the genesis of new forms. In expanding Deleuze’s concepts of spaces of energetic possibilities and the singularities which shape these spaces, de Landa emphasizes the catalytic nature of inherent tensions in actualizing virtual forms, that is, in making material what is merely aspirational.
As of this writing, NASA has twice scuttled launch plans for the Artemis rocket -- a precursor to an effort to, once again, put Whitey on the Moon (Gil Scott-Heron, 1971). Maybe we’ll beat them there. Maybe
we already have.
- Dr. Thomas Stanley aka Bushmeat Sound, Washington DC. Summer 2022
I first heard the Silver Panthers of Luna in early 2016 when I was living in England. It was sent to me by a friend as a set of digital files. The new psychedelic renaissance (aka the welcoming of sacred plant medicine onto the stock market) was well underway but nowhere near its current visibility. For a decade, Ben’s piece was mostly shared among a small group of people researching or otherwise involved in that underground world. There was scarcely any trace of the Silver Panther’s existence on-line. I played the original recording for Liz two years ago. Only then did I notice Ben’s name in the wrong slot of the mp3 file’s metadata. We located him and wrote him an email and he quickly wrote back to us from Charlottesville. We interviewed him in February 2021, and he quickly became a much-admired friend of and collaborator. Ben bears one of the most unusual and intriguing minds we’ve ever encountered. We are honored to help move this important piece of art further out into the world.
- Mat Keel, Yes We Cannibal, Baton Rouge. Summer 2022.
released September 1, 2022
Composition by Ben Blohowiak
Art by Yes We Cannibal
Printing by Myths Drift Distro
Lathe Cut by Funky Frankenstein