“There is no method to the madness” on the “Babylon Falling” Tumblr: the curated collection of posters and other printed ephemera from decades past offer a window into the psyche of the times through the music, misfits and movements of our previous generations which servers as not only a great source of visual inspiration for artists, but also an informative slice of history.
Having conceptually started as a San Francisco-based independent bookstore from 2007-’09 “with a focus on the spirit of Revolution,” the “Babylon Falling” Tumblr keeps moving the movement with regular posts of throwback imagery of everything against the grain primarily between the ’60s and ’90s. The featured imagery spans the likes of the controversial characters like ex-Harvard University professor and “guru of LSD” Timothy Leary dawning wild-west attire juxtaposed with more modern, revolutionary incarnations such as the Brownsville-based rap group M.O.P who shook the world of hip-hop with their “Ante-up” anthem.
And it doesn’t stop there, the curation includes a cool cache of old school political cartoons, advertisements, magazine covers and more that reveal forgotten perspectives of the past similar to looking at wartime propaganda posters today.
History is profoundly enlightening if you bother to read it, but what’s nice about “Babylon Falling” is that the images do most of the talking. Even if you don’t have a particular preference for the revolutionary microcosm of classic hip-hop, whether you’re a counter-culture maven, a hip-hop historian or just looking for something original that inspires, there is a plethora of powerful content here preserved for those who bother to seek it. With an open mind and a little bit of digging, this collage of visual messages from different eras and movements can offer a profound insight as to “who we are and where we are going in this ocean of chaos.” Word to Timothy Leary.
Check out “Babylon Falling” here.