anonymous asked:

Dude I would literally chop off a finger to be able to hear stairway to heaven for the first time again

Don’t do that! 

Here’s what to do instead.. Check out this performance of “Stairway to Heaven from April 1, 1971, 7 months before the release of Led Zeppelin IV in November. It was officially released on Zeppelin’s The BBC Sessions in 1997, which I HIGHLY recommend for fans of early Zep.

Zeppelin had only played “Stairway to Heaven” a dozen or so times in public by that point (starting March 5, 1971 in Belfast), and you can hear the crowd’s response for yourself. Very polite. Like they were at a tennis match or something. I think they had no idea what they were hearing.

And indeed, Jimmy has observed that audiences didn’t really start going wild for “Stairway” until the 1973 tours.

Ready to have your mind truly blown? That public debut of “Stairway” in Belfast? Somebody recorded it! 

The quality is very bootleg-y, even by 1971 standards, but duuuuude. This is HISTORY. I can’t believe how lucky we are that somebody recorded this. Audio-only, but the clip contains some nice photos from that show.

 For what it’s worth, Zeppelin nailed the performance. You’ll definitely be able to hear it, even across the mists of time.

The Irish were a little less reserved in their response than the English were (OF COURSE), but there’s still a gap between the end of the song and when the still rather polite applause started. It’s kind of eerie. 

But if I can save one of your fingers, Dear Anon, by all means: take a listen to the first time Led Zeppelin played “Stairway to Heaven” in public: March 5, 1971, in Belfast.

“Study these photographs and you’ll discover in the gaze and gestures of ordinary African Americans a complex and diverse community too busy loving, marrying, dancing, worshipping, dreaming, laughing, arguing, playing, working, dressing up, looking cool, raising children, organizing, performing magic, making poetry to be worried about what white folks thought about them.” - Robin DG Kelley, Foreword to “Reflections in Black” by Deborah Willis.

There’s been a lot of discussion since Kill la Kill’s air about its treatment of female characters and sexuality. Recently I’ve seen a lot of terms being applied to the show - ‘degrading’, 'feminist’, 'sexist’ - and while I think there are a lot of really interesting viewpoints, what bugs me is how people seem to be leaning toward one side or the other. Either Kill la Kill is about sexually objectifying women or it is about liberating them. Either it advocates these things through the use of rape and noncon, or it uses these things ironically to make a point.

In a sense, I think it’s really a mix of all of them, but I do think that before anything can be applied to Kill la Kill and what it says, you first have to try and understand the cultural context of where Kill la Kill is coming from. In Japan, not only is sexuality in women incredibly traditional (girls are more pressured to look young and act cute in Japanese society - see the AKB48 example) but it’s also condemned.(girls are not supposed to have any sexual desires and be confined to roles where they lack power or agency - especially enforced in high school through uniforms and regulations, etc). Shame is something that should be a punishment to girls - public humiliation is actually quite common in Japanese society, and it’s not pretty (once again, see the AKB0048 example). 

What Kill la Kill seeks to do, based on many traditional influences like Go Nagai (who played a huge role on women in animanga in the70s and 80s) and the fact that the crew is from TTGL (which also was a show that tried to make a revolution about certain tropes - mainly the mecha genre and the indomitable human spirit), is make a statement about this. I cannot necessarily say if this statement is good or bad as it’s way too early to tell what’s going on regarding thematic messages but I can say that based on what’s happened and what’s been portrayed so far is that there are things we can notice and pick up and examine.

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