i've always loved the music writing of kristine mckenna so it was quite fitting that she wrote this great piece about jay babcock.
who is jay babcock?
jay is my best friend from college - we met at ucla's co-op, were roommates for a while, and shared a group house (with hot tub! and veggie garden!) in west la. jay is the mind and muscle behind arthur magazine - the best magazine (and free!) out there today. he is a writer, he is a cultural historian, and he may be a shaman. he runs a record (and now dvd) label - bastet. and, recently, he organizes rock/cultural festivals (arthurfest, arthurball) that offer something new for everyone. jay is a thinker, a big, big, big thinker. he's also a dreamer and a doer.
(he's also the guy on the right in this pic.)
he's also, sometimes, a real pain in the ass! like most visionaries, he's hyper-focused, exceptionally driven, and super stubborn. but most of the times he's just plain inspiring.
most of my friends and colleagues spend an inordinate amount of time ranting against that which they don't believe. jay - and arthur and bastet and arthurfest and arthurball - reminds us all to also celebrate what we believe.