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Monday, September 22, 2014

Underrated Treasures Blogfest

From Alex Cavanaugh, Ninja Extraordinaire, we have a fabulous new blogfest!

Underrated Treasures

Everyone has a favorite movie or band, TV show or book that no one else has ever heard about.
For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated.
Now is your chance to tell the world about this obscure treasure! 

On Monday, September 22, (that's today!)post about your favorite unknown –MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK

Post about one or all four – dealer’s choice! 

Oh dear... so many possibilities!

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) Poster

Favorite underrated movie: It came out in 1972, and I still think it is one of the most beautiful films ever. Brother Sun, Sister Moon is about the early life of St. Francis. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, the cinematography is spectacular and the music is by Donovan.

Favorite underrated band: The United States of America. Formed in 1967 it was one of the first experimental psychedelic rock bands that used electronic music and had a female vocalist.

Reality is only temporary...


Favorite underrated book: I'm sure I've mentioned it before...
Islandia, by Austin Tappan Wright.

About Islandia:

"On his death, Austin Tappan Wright left the world a wholly unsuspected legacy. Among this distinguished legal scholar's papers were thousands of pages devoted to a staggering feat of literary creation - a detailed history of an imagined country complete with geography, genealogy, representations from its literature, language and culture. In a monumental labor of love Wright's wife and daughter culled from this material a thousand page novel, as detailed as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Islandia has similarly become a classic touchstone for those concerned with the creation of imaginary worlds.

Islandia occupies the southern portion of the Karain Continent, which lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Its civilization is an ancient one, protected from outside intervention by a natural fortress of towering mountains. To this isolated country - this alien, compelling and totally fascinating world - comes John Lang, the American consul. As the reader lives with Lang in Islandia, as he comes to know this magnetic land, its unique people and its strange customs, he may find himself experiencing a feeling of envy, a wish, that he be permitted to spend the rest of his days in Islandia."

Amen to that last sentence.

Favorite underrate TV show: I really can't think of one.

Thanks for stopping by! What about you? Do you have a favorite underrated book, movie, band or tv show?


  1. I enjoy awesome cinematography.
    Not a psychedelic music fan, but I have heard of that band.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

  2. Hi, Bish. Thanks for sharing your picks for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest. They sound interesting.

  3. I've heard of the movie but I've never seen it.

  4. The book is very intriguing. Must investigate. I haven't seen the movie but darned if it doesn't sound familiar, so maybe I have! :D
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  5. Have not heard of any of these- but the book sounds interesting. I think any of the old classic books are highly underrated.
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  6. Great recommendations Bish, since I'm not familiar with these!

  7. Not my type of band and not familiar with the movie. I am going to check out the book. I've heard of it and your recommendation inspires me.

  8. It was fun, Alex!

    Susan, thanks for stopping by.

    Diane, you should watch it. It's timeless as far as I'm concerned.

    Huntress, it might not be a book for everyone, but if you take your time and read it slowly, I think I can just about guarantee that Islandia will get into your blood.

    Always glad to pass on something new, Maurice. Thanks for stopping by!

    Yeah, I know 60s psychedelic rock isn't for everyone...:) But the movie and book, I believe they are both worth checking out.

    Margo! It's been a long time since I've "seen" you. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Fun recommendations. That film is one of my hubby's favorites.

  10. I love this film, I think I got to see it again a few years back and I really enjoyed it... thank you for making me not share in it alone.

    Jeremy [Retro]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

  11. Good, Jeremy, I'm glad there's someone else out there who knows about it and likes it! It's one of the few films I actually own. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Wow, Islandia sounds really great. I've never even heard of it before! Adding it to my extensive list!

  13. Hi Bish, thanks for sharing your underrated treasures picks.

  14. Hi Bish .. I vaguely remember Brother Sun, Sister Moon - not sure if I've seen it .. looks interesting though, particularly with Zeffirelli and Donovan ..

    Then Islandia - amazing collection of papers ...

    Cheers Hilary

  15. I'm not really sure whether the books I love are underrated ... but I was thinking about the Book of Everything by Gus van Kuijer (English translation of a Dutch book).

  16. Alex asked that question on his blog at the end of his post and I said the land we live on. I'm melancholy these days. Loved reading about yours, Bish. Love Islandia!!

  17. I've heard of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, but not any of the other treasures you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks for sharing your picks. I'm also a member of SCBWI. Were you at the LA conference this summer?

  19. Excellent idea. I can't wait to check out the movie and the book. Thanks for sharing.

  20. These are all new to me. These all sound like you!

  21. You covered quite a spectrum of the underrated. Interesting and I've taken notes.

  22. Great music pick! Psychedelic music is one of my favorite genres and this album is a classic. I own it on vinyl as well as CD. I'm a fan of rock violin and this group uses the instrument well.

    Tossing It Out

  23. A real hopscotch of ideas! The book is unfamiliar, but the others rang a dim bell in my brain.

  24. Thanks for sharing I want to read the book, /the song was interesting.Brother Sun also peaks my interest.

  25. I hadn't heard of any of those, but that might have been because they were before my time. That's what makes them treasures, right?

  26. Sad to say, all these are new to me. There are so many wonderful recommendations in this bloghop!

  27. I want to see that movie and I love the psychedelic sound of that type of music.

  28. I almost thought you were talking about the Presidents of the United States of America. great entries! i enjoyed reading about them!

  29. Visiting from the Underrated Treasure Blog Hop. I love the sound of the film you mentioned. Am writing it down, so I don't forget to check it out. Sounds brilliant!

  30. Good list! I don't think I've encountered any of these before.


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