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natgeo Barrier Canyon Style paintings, San Rafael Swell, Utah video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) “What do these images mean?” That is the question people most ask. What do they mean? The only honest answer is “we don’t know.” These images are likely 2,000 years old or older and their meaning may well be lost to time. But the delicate paintings on the roof of an alcove in the San Rafael Swell are clearly a story. Their ambiguousness meaning adds to the mystery. It increases our curiosity and maybe gives the images even more power.
What does it mean? I don’t know, but I do know that images, stories as beautiful as these are worth preserving and sharing. This video is extracted from a  3D model that I made for my @ancientartarchive project. The aim of the project is to help explore and preserve our common visual heritage. Our ancestors wrote their story -our story- on rock and cave walls across the world. 


Born on this day: June 24, 1944 - Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck (born Geoffrey Arnold Beck in Wallington, Surrey, UK). Happy 73rd Birthday to one of the greatest guitar players of all time!! You rock, Jeff!!!


On this day in music history: June 24, 1967 - “Headquarters”, the third studio album by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by Chip Douglas (aka Douglas Farthing Hatlelid), it is recorded at RCA Music Center of the World Studios, Studio C in Hollywood, CA from February 23 - March 22, 1967. By early 1967, The Monkees are at loggerheads with Screen Gems, the company responsible for producing their hit television series. Though highly successful, the band are unhappy (especially Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork who are both accomplished musicians) at having virtually no creative input or being allowed to play on their records. They lobby for and win the right to play on their own records, which leads to the ouster of series music supervisor Don Kirshner. The Monkees lock themselves in the recording studio for four weeks while working on their third album. Writing most of the material included on the LP, many of the songs are worked out while jamming together live in the studio. No singles are released in the US, but spins off a major hit single in the UK with the Micky Dolenz penned “Randy Scouse Git” (re-titled “Alternate Title”) (#2 UK). The album is another major success for the band, quickly rising to number one, but is bumped from the top spot by The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” the following week, spending an additional eleven weeks in the runner up position. In time, it is regarded as one of The Monkees best albums. “Headquarters” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: June 24, 1968 - “Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits”, the fifth album by The Rascals is released. Produced by The Rascals, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd, it is the first greatest hits compilation from the New York based rock/R&B quartet. Featuring tracks recorded between 1965 and early 1968 from their first four albums and the recent stand alone single “A Beautiful Morning” (#3 Pop, #36 R&B). Surprisingly, the bands recently released single “People Got To Be Free” (#1 Pop) is left off of the album and not issued on an LP until their next studio album “Freedom Suite” in March 1969. The original LP is issued in a gatefold jacket featuring cover art with a comic strip styled illustration of the band that is inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. On the first run of LP’s, Atlantic Records also accidentally presses the records using the gold and purple Atco style stereo labels (Atlantic stereo labels are yellow-green and aqua blue) of the period. The error is corrected on subsequent re-pressings. Out of print on vinyl for over twenty years, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Friday Music in 2012. The reissue also replicates the gatefold sleeve design, found on the original release. “Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.