Tupac's Hologram Asks, "Remember The '90s?"

At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?

Shakur's posthumous appearance at Coachella caused my West Coast colleague Adam Lovinus to quote Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." Over the coming years, as pop mainstays enter the realm of no longer being able to make money on the road and the massive business structures held up by them trying to figure out how to stay solvent, many more scientists will likely fiddle with this equation.

Immortal: A Michael Jackson show, no MJ required
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Immortal: A Michael Jackson show, no MJ required

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burning_plastic
burning_plastic

I don't know. To me it's important that it's not really a hologram. It is a projection on a screen. The whole idea of the hologram is that it would be 3-D and could fool you into thinking you are seeing the real person, but this is a flat image on a clear screen. This makes it really limited and I don't think this can replace a live performance. It's more suited for the Michael Jackson show I think because it's a different audience. Tupac sort of worked but it can only be a shock once. Obviously there was some attempt to spring this as a surprise, and everyone knows Tupac said he would be resurrected. I wonder if they could have fooled people if they would have? This would have been a lot more effective when there were good new Tupac songs coming out.Mostly I think this is a novelty that will wear off. The technology will improve and it might be tempting to go see a show and just experience it, but I don't think it could ever feel like a live performance. At a concert you are supposed to feel like you are part of it, participating and affecting the performer with your response. So I think this will work for certain kinds of cult bands where part of the show is being there with an audience that likes what you like, but it's more like a fan club experience. It will also work for audiences that might have also gone to see Michael Jackson On Ice, (though that would not be a good name for it) parents and kids, and eventually there will be a Beatles version but when I think of my favorite bands I don't really want to see them this way.

voxpop
voxpop

where the HELL is michael musto's 'daily musto' and the other one?

armydicked
armydicked

WE ARE ALL ENTOMBED IN THE MUSIC OF OUR YOUTHS---IT IS POINTLESS TO PRETEND OTHERWISE. I am Second (1963-1974) and Third Generation (Post Punk 1978-1994) Rock & Roll. When I do find music I like, it is RETRO-SIXTIES(Brian Jonestown Massacre) else Psydeo-Eighties (She Wants Revenge, Submarines, the Sounds). What can I say, Rock didn't survive Y2K---it is a parody of 2D Gen Rock and a yawn as 3D GEN rock.

The Tupac Hologram is SHOCKING. Think of the RAMIFICATIONS of what they just dead (get the pun?). Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe MC for Jimi Hendrex and Stevie Ray Vaugh---LIVE ON TOUR?!!! Or better yet "Yo,Yo,Yo', My Nigs!!! This is Tupac, my Nigs!!! See my Man Panties sticking out of my Cosbys (sags are now called Cosbys after Bill Cosby who hates SAGS---go figure!!!) "Well, sooner or later ya'll is gonna halfta trade them mafuggahs in for diapers and what looks more illin' than DEPENDS, TUPAC edition?!!!

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6h057

The best things from the 90s came from the 80s (see: Introduce Yourself)

Rhymes & Reasons
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If you like hip-hop, you might like my blog, Rhymes and Reasons. It’s a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives and a few songs that matter to them. Pretty powerful stuff. Check’em out here:

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Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

This was absolutely phenomenal and shows the brilliance technology can bring to art. It is through art that we can carry on the legends of the most brilliant performers and minds of our time. What a tribute this was to a legendary hip hop artist. You can see some more 2Pac art on my artist’s blog with a surreal illustration I made in memoriam recently at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Frank Anthony Polito
Frank Anthony Polito

If you're looking for more '90s-inspired nostalgia, check out LOST IN THE '90s -- the story of a teenage boy from 2012 who travels back in time to April 1994, on the eve of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Now available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-90s...

 
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