IT IS HERE! We are happy to announce the release of our third music video, Lois Long! This song captures the iconic spirit of the 1920’s flapper and journalist, Lois Long (1901-1972), who was the first female journalist at The New Yorker magazine. Long chronicled the decadence of NYC’s Prohibition Era with biting satire, all under the pseudonym Lipstick. At her tenure, Long was infamous for gliding around The New Yorker office on roller-skates, sipping a Manhattan. Zoe Rose dePaz, the songwriter, first found inspiration in Long’s attitudes and writings:
Here was a woman who, at a time when drinking was forbidden, when women were considered dirty if they smoked publicly, when the suffragette movement had just secured the vote, single women rarely worked outside of the home, and race relations were not integrated… Here was a woman who did not give a fuck. And she managed to not give a fuck in glamorous style. She’d smoked weed with Billie Holliday or Louis Armstrong in Harlem, she’d turned up at the office at 6am (still drunk and dressed in her party clothes) to write her articles. She’d wear pants. She’d smoke cigarettes. All these things that many people of our generation take for granted, these were not rights endowed to her, and yet…she did them anyway. We don’t typically think of flappers as anarchists or as gender queer, but for their time they were. They were revolutionaries. Things like going out for cocktails, or relaxing on the weekend, well, these are things that women were arrested for. People fought to have the weekend, to drink, to wear what they pleased, to party. These are things that women picketed for; bled in the streets for. Her life inspired me to write the song “Lois Long”. For the music video, I thought to myself: if Lois Long were alive now, what would she be? What would she look like? I decided Lois Long would be a cross between Lady Gaga and Pussy Riot. She had all the charm and debauchery of Josephine Baker with the sardonicism of Bikini Kill. Her life shows that there can be joy in the revolution. That the revolution can be a really good time.
We, therefore, decided to bring Lois Long, a forgotten historical character, into the 21st century. We filmed it at the historic Fenway Studios, with filmmaker Prince Aibangbe.
We would like to thank the board of Fenway Studios, and all the artists who participated in 2016’s Open Studios, during which we shot Lois Long. We’d like to thank the dobro player Scott O’Grady, who is our featured musical guest on the track, as well as the artist Peter Scott, who opened his studio as the set. Thanks to Anneke Lundberg for being the best hostess in the entire world. A big thanks to Diana-María de Paz, Gustav Johnson, and Caroline Kotter who worked set. Thanks to Justin Arena, Jenna Havelin, James Ikeda, Oscar Jeuvens, Betty Muñoz, and Luke Paliocha for being characters in the film. And thanks to Arianna Enos, Dmitry Gridnev, Daisy Haskell, Audrey Hsai, Shannon Leary, Ryan Rentería, Max Ridley, Matt Riddle, James Wolcott-Billman, and Karbia Yuan for keeping everyone’s spirits up during a long day of shooting. We would also take this time to thank all the many, wonderful Trolls who came out and participated as extras in the party scene! You know who you are!
Until we meet again, let us leave you with the immortal words of Lois Long, “Tomorrow we might die, so let’s get drunk and make love”.