Normal Music

Normal Music

A new collection of cassette-only reissues from Merzbow have been released by Blossoming Noise. These recordings were made in 1981, 1982, and 1988.

Avalanche

Avalanche

Primary Information’s facsimile edition of Avalanche Magazine is now available. The edition collects all 13 issues, originally published between 1970 and 1976 in one handsome box. The first eight issues are exact reproductions of the originals, while the later issues, which were published as newsprint, are collected into one volume. This edition is limited to 1000 copies.

Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar founded Avalanche shortly after they met in 1968. At the time, Sharp was a New York-based independent curator and Béar an underground magazine editor who had recently moved to New York from London. They published the first issue in 1970 and collaborated on thirteen issues from 1970 to 1976.

Avalanche focused on art from the perspective of artists rather than critics. With its probing interviews, extensive use of photography and dynamic lay-outs, Avalanche investigated new forms of art that were developing in the US and Europe. For many artists, publication in Avalanche preceded a one-person gallery or museum show. Aside from an 8-page news section, the editorial content included only interviews, artists’ texts and documents of art and art making. All interviews were conducted by Sharp, Béar or done jointly. Among the featured artists were Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Hanne Darboven, Walter De Maria, Jan Dibbets, Philip Glass, Barry Le Va, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Yvonne Rainer, Keith Sonnier, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner and Jackie Winsor.

Available from Amazon.

An update: we have a copy of this now, and it is highly recommended. This is a boardgame-sized box, and each issue is fully intact, with ads and announcements in addition to the excellent interviews documenting the early 70’s scene.

They’ve also printed a list of historical fiction recommendations from Peter Carey.

Holy Fire? Seriously, Gibson? Man. It’s not that I don’t like this book its just that I like every other Sterling novel I’ve read better than it. I guess it would be hard for Gibson not to pick the BruceS novel with characters like The Cultural Critic though, right?