The Art of Noise
The fact that there are other recent books on the subject is pretty amazing.** I was very heavily into No circa 1982, when my nerves were young and impressionable -- and have with some effort over the years managed to collect a decent collection of pertinent CDs which I can only play when Rita is not around. Because, seriously, this is not something most people can endure. After five minutes of Glenn Branca, the cats start hopping around in strange ways.
But sometimes you just crave Arto Lindsay use his untuned 12 string as a percussion instrument, or I do anyway, as in this scene*** of DNA performing circa 1980:
* Speaking of which, see my friend Alex's obituary from the Socialist Worker website.
** See also, from six years ago, Bernard Gendron's Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde. This was one of the books I covered in a piece for the Chronicle, during a previous lifetime.
*** Yes, that is Jean-Michel Basquiat in the opening shot and spraypainting graffiti at various points throughout.
AJ BlogsAJBlogCentral | rss
Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog