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  • Cornelius Cardew – Stockhausen Serves Imperialism and Other Articles
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    A notorious, influential and radical critique of the avant-garde music of Stockhausen and Cage, by maverick composer Cornelius Cardew Originally published in 1974, Stockhausen Serves Imperialism [...]

  • The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film
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    Leading critics from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan offer fresh, provocative views of canonical Surrealist works from Luis Buñuel, Jan Svankmajer, and David [...]

  • German Expressionist Cinema: The World of Light and Shadow
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    Before Hollywood’s golden age, German expressionist film was arguably the most important cinematic movement in the medium’s history. These ‘symphonies of… iridescent [...]

  • Stranger Than Paradise (Cultographies)
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    A low-budget breakout film that wowed critics and audiences on its initial release, Stranger than Paradise would prove to be a seminal film in the new American independent cinema movement […]

  • Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
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    Cage’s passionate, distraught and affectionate letters to Cunningham provide a vivid portrait of the start of their life together These early letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham will [...]

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Cultographies)
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    Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) is an enigma. A box-office failure when initially released on the grindhouse circuit, it has since been embraced by art-house audiences, [...]

  • The Cinema of Lars Von Trier: Authenticity and Artifice
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    Lars von Trier is one of the most controversial figures of contemporary European cinema. This volume analyzes the themes and motifs of the director’s work and the changes he has […]

  • Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
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    Among the defining figures of the Age of Revolution, Toussaint Louverture is the most enigmatic. Though the Haitian revolutionary’s image has multiplied across the globe–appearing on [...]

  • Lydia Davis – Essays One
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    A selection of essays on writing and reading by the master short-fiction writer Lydia Davis   Lydia Davis is a writer whose originality, influence, and wit are beyond compare. Jonathan […]

  • Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
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    Pink Noises brings together twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and [...]

  • The I Ching or Book of Changes
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    The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within […]

  • Georges Bataille – The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture
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    The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture collects essays and lectures by Georges Bataille spanning thirty years of research in anthropology, comparative religion, aesthetics, and [...]

  • Greil Marcus – Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (Anniversary)
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    Greil Marcus, author of Mystery Train, widely acclaimed as the best book ever written about America as seen through its music, began work on this new book out of a […]

  • E.M Cioran – A Short History Of Decay
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    E. M. Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this [...]

  • Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium I
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    Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Expanded and Revised.

  • Theodore Roszak – Flicker
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    From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and […]

  • Maya Deren – Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film
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    Until now, Maya Deren’s essays on the art and craft of filmmaking have not been available in a comprehensive volume equally handy for students, film enthusiasts, and scholars. Essential [...]

  • Maya Deren – The Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods Of Haiti
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    Includes photographs and drawings. Foreword by Joseph Campbell This is the classic, intimate study, movingly written with the special insight of direct encounter, which was first published in [...]

  • Eileen Ormsby – The Darkest Web: Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives . . . the Inside Story of the Internet’s Evil Twin
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    Dark… A kingpin willing to murder to protect his dark web drug empire. A corrupt government official determined to avoid exposure. The death of a dark web drugs czar in […]

  • Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House
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    Altered State—now updated—is the definitive text on ecstasy culture, using a cast of characters to track the origins of the scene through psychedelic subcults, underground gay discos, and the [...]

  • Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm
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    He wasn’t known to mainstream audiences, even though he worked with renowned acts like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu and influenced the music of superstars like Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. […]

  • Hito Steyerl – Duty Free Art
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    What is the function of art in the era of digital gloablisation? How can one think of art institutions in an age defined by planetary civil war, growing inequality, and […]

  • Simon Sellars – Applied Ballardianism
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    An existential odyssey weaving together lived experience and theoretical insight, this startling autobiographical hyperfiction surveys and dissects a world where everything connects and global [...]

  • Éric Alliez – Body without Organs, Body without Image
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    A close analysis of the work of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto reveals the fundamental stakes of a contemporary art in the process of undoing the image-form.The first volume of Éric […]

  • Construction Site for Possible Worlds
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    Perspectives from philosophy, aesthetics, and art on how to envisage the construction site of possible worlds. Given the highly coercive and heavily surveilled dynamics of the present moment, [...]

  • Agnès Gayraud – Dialectic of Pop
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    A philosophical exploration of pop music that reveals a rich, self-reflexive art form with unsuspected depths.In the first major philosophical treatise on the subject, Agnès Gayraud explores all [...]

  • American Hardcore: A Tribal History
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    Steven Blush’s “definitive treatment of Hardcore Punk” (Los Angeles Times) changed the way we look at Punk Rock. The Sony Picture Classics–distributed documentary American [...]

  • I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
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    In the annals of rock ‘n’ roll there have been a lot of strange characters, but there probably hasn’t been anyone as bizarre as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and this is […]

  • The Wicked Queen: The Origins of the Myth of Marie-Antoinette
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    The Wicked Queen is not a biography of one of the most infamous queens in history. Rather, Chantal Thomas presents the history of the verbal and visual representations of Marie-Antoinette, […]

  • Mick Farren – Zones Of Chaos
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    Mick Farren is a legendary poet, musician, author, critic, activist, countercultural icon, and one of the last true gonzo journalists. Enter his paranoid, radical, drug-addled and excruciatingly [...]

  • John Cage – Silence: Lectures and Writings (Anniversary)
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    Silence, A Year from Monday, M, Empty Words and X (in this order) form the five parts of a series of books in which Cage tries, as he says, “to […]

  • Joanna Russ – How To Suppress Women’s Writing
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    Are women able to achieve anything they set their minds to? In How to Suppress Women’s Writing, award-winning novelist and scholar Joanna Russ lays bare the subtle–and not so [...]

  • David McGowan – Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
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    As a native Angeleno who was born in 1960 and came of age in the 1970s, the music produced by the artists who populate this book provided the soundtrack to […]

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
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    A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a Harvard scientist.In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to [...]

  • untitled: sounds and aesthetics – zine
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    The third issue of Untitled includes: • Dave Phillips (interview) • Chris Sienko • Mads Gravers Nielsen [Ato Vari] • Film-Field: The Rat Saviour • Nobuo Yamada – artwork showcase […]

  • James Ellroy – Crime Wave
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    Los Angeles.  In no other city do sex, celebrity, money, and crime exert such an irresistible magnetic field.  And no writer has mapped that field with greater savagery and savvy than James […]

  • Mark Fisher – Postcapitalist Desire
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    A collection of transcripts from Mark Fisher’s final series of lectures at Goldsmiths, University of London, in late 2016. Edited and with an introduction by Matt Colquhoun, this collection [...]

  • Andy Warhol – America
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    Andy Warhol carried a camera with him everywhere he went and America, a mélange of text and image whose photographs were selected by Warhol from ten years of extraordinary shots, […]

  • Ms. 45 ( Cultographies )
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    Despite its association with the broadly disparaged rape-revenge category, Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45 is today considered one of the most significant feminist cult films of the 1980s. Straddling [...]

  • To Die For The People: The Writings Of Huey P. Newton
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    A fascinating, first-person account of a historic era in the struggle for black empowerment in America. Long an iconic figure for radicals, Huey Newton is now being discovered by those […]

  • Samuel R. Delany – Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
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    Twentieth anniversary edition of a landmark book that cataloged a vibrant but disappearing neighborhood in New York City   In the two decades that preceded the original publication of Times [...]

  • Modern Pagans: An Investigation of Contemporary Pagan Practices
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    This is the most uncensored, comprehensive guide to Pagans around the world today. Dozens of interviews cover a wide range of Pagan practices, from witchcraft, Northern tradition, santeria, [...]

  • 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History
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    Born out of a union of club bands on the burgeoning Austin bohemian scene and a pronounced taste for hallucinogens, the 13th Floor Elevators were formed in late 1965 when […]

  • Robert Lowell: Setting The River On Fire
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    From the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind; a study of the poet Robert Lowell, and of the relationship between illness and art. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell […]

  • Jason Hellar – Strange Stars
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    A Hugo Award-winning author and music journalist explores the weird and wild story of when rock ‘n’ roll met the sci-fi world of the 1970s Beginning with David Bowie’s obsession [...]

  • Trash Cinema: The Lure of the Low
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    This volume explores the lower reaches of cinema and its paradoxical appeal. It looks at films from the B-movies of the 1930s to the mockbusters of today, and from the […]

  • On Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures: (And Other Secret-Flix of Cinemaroc)
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    Reviled, rioted over and banned as pornographic even as it was recognized by many as an unprecedented visionary masterpiece, Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures is one of the most important and [...]

  • Guy Debord – The Society Of The Spectacle
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    What our staff has to say: “One of the primer / central texts of the Situationist International. A critical look of the life of objects and media on the average […]