A Visual Sound

The skate video that first brought jazz into my consciousness in a very real way was Stereo Skateboards A Visual Sound. After seeing the movie, I started wearing brown dickies and buying John Coltrane CDs. Not everyone in the skateboarding community was into the film, with it’s mixture of black and white stills and footage recorded on Super 8. I was smitten with the aesthetic, though. It was an acknowledgement of something that I had always thought — skateboarding was just as much art as sport. To this day I can’t listen to fast, post-bop jazz without wanting to skate.

In this clip from the PBS show Music Matters, host Apolonia Davalos talks with Chris Pastras and Jason Lee from Stereo about the film and skateboarding in general.

PBS - A Visual Sound

Robert Rackley @rcrackley
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