The Golden Age (in reference to Luis Buñuel's film) was a program on the second channel of Spanish national TV (RTVE). It was broadcasted on Tuesday night between 1983 and 1985 and was a key element in creating a Spanish scene in the era of international post-punk. Its director and presenter, Paloma Chamorro, gave from the outset a cultural air to the program, including visual art, videos and even young philosophers. Most of these recordings, all strictly live, were made in studies of RTVE, although some concerts, such as Lou Reed’s, were broadcasted from other locations. The just out of the Franco regime Spain was prepared only half way to the provocations of Lords of the New Church or Psychic TV, but a good part of the youth understood perfectly what all this was about. The public, warholian superstars who were transported by bus from the center of town and were rewarded with a sandwich, was formed by the most active elements of that scene and many of them are now painters, writers, musicians or filmmakers of national or even international fame (Almodovar).
La Edad de Oro (en referencia a la película de Luis Buñuel) fue un programa en la segunda cadena de la Televisión nacional española. Se emitía los martes por la noche entre 1983 y 1985 y fue un elemento fundamental para la creación de una escena española en la era del post-punk internacional. Su directora y presentadora, Paloma Chamorro, le dio desde el principio un aire cultural al programa, incluyendo artes visuales, videos e incluso jóvenes filósofos. La mayor parte de estas grabaciones, todas en riguroso directo, se realizaron en los estudios de RTVE, aunque algún concierto, como es el caso de Lou Reed, se retransmitió desde otras localizaciones. La España recién salido del franquismo estaba preparada solo a medias para las provocaciones de Lords of The New Church o Psychic TV, pero una buena parte de la juventud entendía a la perfección de que iba aquello. El público, super-estrellas warholianas a quien se trasladaba desde el centro de la ciudad y a quien se recompensaba con un bocadillo, estaba formado por los elementos más activos de aquella escena y muchos de ellos son hoys pintores, escritores, músicos o cineastas de fama nacional o incluso internacional (Almodovar).Playlist:
The Residents interview + performance
Tom Verlaine - Marquee Moon
SPK - Will To Power
The Psychadelic Furs - My Time
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Alan Vega - American Dreamer
Violent Femms - Never Tell
Tuxedomoon - 59 to 1Bio:José Manuel Costa (Madrid, 1949) is a visual and sound art critic, journalist and exhibition curator. While studying medicine at the Complutense University in Madrid, he started working at Onda 2 radio, one of the FM stations that revolutionised programmable music as well as the very nature of radio shows in Spain in the early 1970s. Around the same time, he began writing for music magazines, some of which he helped launch (Ozono), and he finally ended up working at the brand-new daily El País
as a music critic and expert on the new trends that were just appearing on the horizon.
At the beginning of the 1980s, having received the rare honour of being the first and – at the time – only diversified pop music critic to win the National Critic Award, he became the founder and director of Radio El País, whose first team included now-prominent Spanish media figures such as Luis Fernández, Carlos Llamas and Juan Ramón Lucas.
He then moved to the newly launched review La Luna de Madrid, where he occupied the post of deputy editor, before going on to the ABC daily and creating, along with Catalina Luca de Tena, the ABC Art Supplement, which would eventually evolve into the Cultural Supplement and later the ABCD.
When the Berlin Wall fell, creating an evident need to document the sea change about to take place, he moved to Berlin as the ABC correspondent, where he witnessed not only the social, political and economic transformations underway but also the German capital’s vibrant arts scene, which at the time was largely and widely identified with techno-culture. In fact, he actively participated in a wide variety of artistic and musical actions under the Mego label, working on soundtracks for films, organising major events such as Chromapark and launching the cult magazine De-Bug.
In the late 1990s, and again as an ABC correspondent, he moved to London where, in addition to covering events such as the ground-breaking trial of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, he pursued his artistic and musical interests by writing reviews and columns such as “En La Frontera”, focusing particularly on new practices in both the sound art and visual arts fields.
After returning to Madrid as an editorial consultant, he was actively involved in restructuring the ABC's cultural supplement. More recently, he has become a regular contributor to Arte Contexto magazine and he directs an alternative music programme on the Spanish radio network's Radio Clásica station. As a curator, he organised the Sinestesia festival at La Casa Encendida and, more recently, a monographic exhibition dedicated to the artist Isidro Blasco at Alcalá 31 and the exhibition hall of the Provincial Council of Huesca.