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Author Piekut, Benjamin, 1975- author.

Title Henry Cow : the world is a problem / Benjamin Piekut.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  780.92 Henry Cow PIE    DUE 07-29-20
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Description xiii, 494 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-478) and index.
Contents Introduction: Feral experimentalism -- You can't play this music at Cambridge (1968-73) -- Faust and the virgins (1973) -- Contentment is hopeless, unrest is progress (1974) -- Death to the individual : Slapp Happy (1974-75) -- Europa (1975-76) -- The roads leading to Rome (1976-77) -- No joy anymore : London 1977 -- Henry Cow always had to be Henry Cow (1978) -- Afterword: The vernacular avant-garde.
Summary In its open improvisations, lapidary lyrics, errant melodies, and relentless pursuit of spontaneity, the British experimental band Henry Cow pushed rock music to its limits. The band's rotating personnel, sprung from rock, free jazz, and orchestral worlds, synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines, and with this musical diversity came a mixed politics, including Maoism, communism, feminism, and Italian Marxism. In Henry Cow: The World is a Problem Benjamin Piekut tells the band's story--from its founding in Cambridge in 1968 and later affiliation with Virgin Records to its demise ten years later-and analyzes its varied efforts to link aesthetics with politics. Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew, letters, notebooks, scores, journals, and meeting notes, Piekut traces the group's pursuit of a political and musical collectivism, offering up its history as but one example of the vernacular avant-garde that emerged in the decades after World War II. Henry Cow's story resonates far beyond its inimitable music; it speaks to the avant-garde's unpredictable potential to transform the world.-- Back cover.
Subject Henry Cow (Musical group).
Avant-garde (Music) -- England -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Music -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Music -- 20th century -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Rock musicians -- Interviews.
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