Criticism/Theory Softcover 152 pages 20 x 17 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 35 ORDER

John Cage, Journal : comment rendre le monde meilleur (on ne fait qu'aggraver les choses), Éditions Héros-Limite, 2003

Dans son Journal, John Cage laisse libre cours au tracé de sa pensée, les propositions se juxtaposent, zigzaguent. Il opère dans la césure et la discontinuité. Le Journal se compose de huit parties qui couvrent différentes périodes (1965 – 1982) de la vie du compositeur. En 1991, John Cage en donne une lecture qui sera enregistrée puis éditée sous la forme de huit CD. Anecdotes et récits philosophiques, le Journal dépasse de très loin le cadre musical. Tout comme celle de Satie, la voix de John Cage s’adresse avec finesse et ironie aux lecteurs. Pour autant que la lecture soit elle-même «invention».

Anthology, Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 450 pages 21 x 16 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

Jonas Mekas, Scrapbooks of the Sixties: Writings 1954–2010, Spector Books, 2015

Scrapbook of the Sixties is a collection of published and unpublished texts by Jonas Mekas, filmmaker, writer, poet, and cofounder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York.

Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via Germany in 1949 and began shooting his first films there. Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded moments of his daily life. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958, he published his legendary “Movie Journal” column in The Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists like Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Erick Hawkins, and Nam June Paik. Some of these will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of the Sixties. Mekas’s writings reveal him as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the times—a practice that he has continued now for over fifty years.

Criticism/Theory Second revised edition Soft cover, perfect binding 290 pages 20 x 17 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 23 ORDER

John Cage, Silence: Conférences et écrits, Éditions Héros-Limite, 2012

Silence est le premier recueil du compositeur et le plus important sur le plan théorique. Datant de 1961, il regroupe les conférences et les articles qui lui permirent de structurer sa pensée. Emblématiques de son œuvre, ces textes sont toujours inventifs et explorent de nouvelles formes. Le musicien, tour à tour influencé par Dada et par les maîtres Zen, y expose ses conceptions en matière d’interprétation et de composition.

Traduit par Vincent Barras.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Hardcover with dust jacket 126 pages Texts in English   Fragile but very good condition       EUR 250 out of stock

Cornelius Cardew, Stockhausen Serves Imperialism, Latimer New Dimensions Limited, 1974

Stockhausen serves Imperialism, and other articles 

All music reflects the political lines and embodies the ideas of definite social classes. In composing music the political aspect is of paramount importance. In performance and criticism of music the political aspect if of paramount importance.
In this book Cardew documents his attempts to place the contradictions in modern music in relation to the main contradiction in the world today: the contradiction between imperialism and the people of the world. Politically, in the imperialist heartlands, this boils down to the question of which class should hold political power, the bourgeoisie (standard-bearer of imperialism) or the working masses.

Chapter 1: A History of the Scratch Orchestra by Rod Eley
Chapter 2: Criticising Cage and Stockhausen
       John Cage: Ghost or Monster
       Introduction to Cage's Music of Changes by John Tilbury
       Stockhausen Serves Imperialism
       On Criticism
Chapter 3: A Critical Concert
Chapter 4: Self Criticism: Repudiation of Earlier Works
       Problems of Notation
       Additional Material Presented at the Notation Symposium
       Criticism of The Great Learning

Criticism/Theory, Source Book 240 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 42 ORDER

Sylvère Lotringer, David Morris, Schizo-Culture, 2 vol. set (The Event, The Book), Semiotext(e), 2014

The legendary 1975 “Schizo-Culture” conference, conceived by the early Semiotext(e) collective, began as an attempt to introduce the then-unknown radical philosophies of post-’68 France to the American avant-garde. The event featured a series of seminal papers, from Deleuze’s first presentation of the concept of the “rhizome” to Foucault’s introduction of his History of Sexuality project. The conference was equally important on a political level, and brought together a diverse group of activists, thinkers, patients, and ex-cons in order to address the challenge of penal and psychiatric institutions. The combination proved to be explosive, but amid the fighting and confusion “Schizo-Culture” revealed deep ruptures in left politics, French thought, and American culture.

The “Schizo-Culture” issue of the Semiotext(e) journal came three years later. Designed by a group of artists and filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green, it documented the chaotic creativity of an emerging downtown New York scene, and offered interviews with artists, theorists, writers, and No Wave and pre-punk musicians together with new texts from Deleuze, Foucault, R. D. Laing, and other conference participants.

This slip-cased edition includes The Book: 1978, a facsimile reproduction of the original Schizo-Culture publication; and The Event: 1975, a previously unpublished and comprehensive record of the conference that set it all off. It assembles many previously unpublished texts, including a detailed selection of interviews reconstructing the events, and features Félix Guattari, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Michel Foucault, Sylvère Lotringer, Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze, John Rajchman, Robert Wilson, Joel Kovel, Jack Smith, Jean-François Lyotard, Ti-Grace Atkinson, François Peraldi, and John Cage.

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