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  • Mike Collino – Come The Maker Carcass
    Mike Collino – Come The Maker Carcass
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    January 6, 2024 Edition of 100 Alien Passengers #97

  • The Writings of Austin Osman Spare: Anathema of Zos, The Book of Pleasure, and The Focus of Life
    The Writings of Austin Osman Spare: Anathema of Zos, The Book of Pleasure, and The Focus of Life
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    The Writings of Austin Osman Spare is a collection of three books written by the famous artist and occult author. The three books included in this publication are Anathema of […]

  • Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
    Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
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    At once an artist’s book and an interview collection by Vietnamese filmmaker, writer and feminist and postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha (born 1952), The Twofold Commitment centers on [...]

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
    Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
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    An anthology of Abu Hamdan’s disquieting audio-essay monologues on the soundscape of political life This volume compiles transcripts from performances and films by Beirut-based Lawrence Abu [...]

  • Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
    Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
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    Evil threatens human reason, for it challenges our hope that the world makes sense. For eighteenth-century Europeans, the Lisbon earthquake was manifest evil. Today we view evil as a matter […]

  • Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
    Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
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    In the late 60s and early 70s the inherent weirdness of folk met switched-on psychedelic rock and gave birth to new, strange forms of acoustic-based avant-garde music. Artists on both […]

  • Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
    Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
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    Why, when we are desperately in love, do we endlessly block union with our love object? Why do we often destroy what we love most? Why do we search out […]

  • William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
    William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
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    “Beast or poet? Monster or moralist? Charlatan or magician? Genius or madman?” These are the questions William Seabrook, the great writer on such things as zombies and witchcraft, [...]

  • Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
    Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
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    Since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s Greg Tate has been one of the premiere critical voices on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and […]

  • Peter Weibel – Sound Art
    Peter Weibel – Sound Art
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    Essays and images that map art’s new sonic cosmos, illustrated in color throughout. This milestone volume maps fifty years of artists’ engagement with sound. Since the beginning of [...]

  • Steven Cline – Amok!
    Steven Cline – Amok!
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    In this collection of recent texts, American surrealist artist Steven Cline has opened the floodgates to his inner worlds, demanding that we take a look. When we do, we are […]

  • Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
    Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
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    Artist, gallerist, and writer Giovanni Intra’s inventive approach to art writing provides a guide to the New Zealand and Los Angeles art scenes of his era. Everything you read about […]

  • Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
    Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
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    Sun Ra was a master jazz musician unlike any before or after him. Here is a stunning collection of 260 of his cosmic poems and selected prose.

  • An Anecdoted Topography of Chance: By Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, Dieter Roth, Roland Topor.
    An Anecdoted Topography of Chance: By Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, Dieter Roth, Roland Topor.
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    Originally published by Something Else Press in 1966 and now acknowledged as one of the most important and entertaining artists’ books of the postwar period, An Anecdoted Topography of [...]

  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
    The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
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    Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales is the subject of this groundbreaking and intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s [...]

  • Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
    Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
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    In addition to her accomplishments as a gifted musician and songwriter, Norma Tanega was a noted gallerist, teacher, and a central figure in the vibrant and homegrown creative scene of […]

  • Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
    Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
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    Three New York Dadas and The Blind Man relates the story of the triangular relationship between Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood, told in the words of two of […]

  • Jean-Luc Godard – Phrases: Six Films
    Jean-Luc Godard – Phrases: Six Films
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    Phrases presents the spoken language from six films by Jean-Luc Godard: Germany Nine Zero, The Kids Play Russian, JLG / JLG, 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema, For Ever […]

  • Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
    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 [...]

  • Constance DeJong – Reader
    Constance DeJong – Reader
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    The first anthology of the multivocal, narrational, performative writings of the intermedia pioneer, who has quietly influenced generations of New York artists and writers from Kathy Acker to [...]

  • Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions
    Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions
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    Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions examines the variety of concerns and practices that have comprised the long history of avant-garde film at a level appropriate for undergraduate [...]

  • Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
    Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
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    A selection of works from one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century–as selected by Hannah Arendt and including a classic essay of her own about Walter […]

  • Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
    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 [...]

  • Greil Marcus – Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (Anniversary)
    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 […]

  • Wisconsin Death Trip
    Wisconsin Death Trip
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    First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 [...]

  • Theodore Roszak – Flicker
    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 […]

  • Eileen Ormsby – The Darkest Web: Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives . . . the Inside Story of the Internet’s Evil Twin
    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 […]

  • Construction Site for Possible Worlds
    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, [...]

  • American Hardcore: A Tribal History
    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 [...]

  • The Wicked Queen: The Origins of the Myth of Marie-Antoinette
    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, […]

  • Joanna Russ – How To Suppress Women’s Writing
    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 [...]

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
    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 [...]

  • The Tibetan Book Of The Dead
    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead
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    The most accessible and informative version of the Buddhist classic available in English, with instruction in meditation, illuminating commentary, and guidance in the practical use of the prayers [...]

  • Tales From The Ghost Town: The Conventry Punk Fanzine Revolution 1979-1985
    Tales From The Ghost Town: The Conventry Punk Fanzine Revolution 1979-1985
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    Following Alan Rider’s Adventures in Reality book collecting each edition of his own fanzine and its spinoffs, published by Fourth Dimension in 2021, comes this new compendium of his [...]

  • Fangoria Vol 2 #14 (January 2022)
    Fangoria Vol 2 #14 (January 2022)
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    2022 is upon us! FANGORIA #14 rings in the new year with the one you’ve been waiting for… and one you’ll have to wait a little longer for. Here’s what […]

  • Adventures In Reality: The Complete Collection
    Adventures In Reality: The Complete Collection
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    Put together by Alan Rider, Adventures in Reality was a fanzine from Coventry in the early 1980s that both fitted snugly inside the post-punk landscape of the time and did […]

  • Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool: Photographs 1976-1982
    Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool: Photographs 1976-1982
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    Punk and industrial culture in late ’70s and early ’80s San Francisco Spanning music, art and literature, the industrial and punk scenes of San Francisco in the late 1970s and […]

  • On Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures: (And Other Secret-Flix of Cinemaroc)
    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 [...]

  • Wobbly Sounds: A Collection Of British Flexi Discs
    Wobbly Sounds: A Collection Of British Flexi Discs
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    A compendium of Britain’s most remarkable flexi discs, from famed ephemera aficionado Jonny Trunk For this book, the acclaimed music and ephemera aficionado Jonny Trunk (editor of The Music [...]

  • Paul Nouge – The Subversion Of Images
    Paul Nouge – The Subversion Of Images
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    This classic surrealist photobook pioneered the imagery of the domestic uncanny First edited and published by Marcel Marien in 1968 in a limited edition of 230 copies, half a year […]

  • Morton Feldman – Give My Regards To Eighth Street
    Morton Feldman – Give My Regards To Eighth Street
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    Morton Feldman wrote as he composed music, carefully placing one element after another, producing some of the avant-garde’s most lucid considerations of what it means to make music Morton [...]

  • Discreet Music Mag #2
    Discreet Music Mag #2
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    Second issue of Discreet Music Mag, featuring interviews with Greymouth and Jon Collin and a long piece on IDDB 001-044. Full colour, written in English. Discreet Music, 2021

  • ON&BY Christian Marclay
    ON&BY Christian Marclay
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    The artist Christian Marclay’s ideas and practice, in his own words and those of the foremost writers engaged with his work.Influencing a generation of artists, musicians and theorists, [...]

  • An Argentine Passion: María Luisa Bemberg and Her Films
    An Argentine Passion: María Luisa Bemberg and Her Films
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    The first major study of Maria Luisa Bemberg’s work. Maria Luisa Bemberg, who died in 1995, was one of Latin America’s best known and most popular film-makers. The only woman […]

  • Ralph Rugoff – Circus Americanus
    Ralph Rugoff – Circus Americanus
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    “A carnival of New World wonders.”—Jon Savage Circus Americanus is a riotous excursion through America’s changing visual landscape. Exploring its remote corners and bizarre byways, Ralph Rugoff [...]

  • Nancy Barile – I’m Not Holding Your Coat
    Nancy Barile – I’m Not Holding Your Coat
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    What our staff has to say: “Awesome memoir about being a part of the Philly hardcore scene in the 80s. Barile’s story is deeply personal while also steeped in punk […]

  • Mata – No Drums No DJs No Saturdays
    Mata – No Drums No DJs No Saturdays
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: October 1, 2016 MATA was a gallery located at 3709 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles […]

  • Kate Hall – I Did But I Don’t Anymore
    Kate Hall – I Did But I Don’t Anymore
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Kate Hall is a Los Angeles based artist. I Did But I Don’t Anymore is a compilation of […]

  • Michael Dopp – Swizzle
    Michael Dopp – Swizzle
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: March 1, 2017 Michael Dopp is a Los Angeles based artist. Swizzle is a collection of […]

  • Sarah Rara – Earth Breakup
    Sarah Rara – Earth Breakup
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: October 1, 2015 Sarah Rara is a Los Angeles based artist. Earth Breakup is a collection […]

  • Simone Forti – On An Iron Post
    Simone Forti – On An Iron Post
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: October 1, 2017 Simone Forti is a dancer, artist and writer based in Los Angeles. The […]

  • Matt Lifson – Sleep With Me And A Ghost
    Matt Lifson – Sleep With Me And A Ghost
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: October 1, 2016 Matt Lifson is a Los Angeles based artist. “Sleep With Me And A […]

  • Emily Joyce – A Cigar Caught In The Lilies
    Emily Joyce – A Cigar Caught In The Lilies
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: April 1, 2019 A Cigar Caught In The Lilies is a book of visual concrete poetry […]

  • Paul McCarthy/Damon McCarthy – Aftermath
    Paul McCarthy/Damon McCarthy – Aftermath
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: April 1, 2019 Aftermath is collection of photographs of all the inanimate objects in the Saloon, […]

  • Luke Fischbeck – Beyond Majority Rule
    Luke Fischbeck – Beyond Majority Rule
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: May 1, 2018 Beyond Majority Rule began by surveying how non-hierarchical groups make decisions, with a […]

  • Petra Cortright – E Girl
    Petra Cortright – E Girl
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    Soft cover, perfect bound 64 pages, 6.5 × 9-inch Edition of 500 Release date: March 1, 2021 “This book is a collection of webcam screenshots from videos that were too […]

  • GX Jupitter-Larsen – Digging Through Time
    GX Jupitter-Larsen – Digging Through Time
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    What our staff has to say: “Incredible recollections of innumerable live actions of The Haters capturing the legendary experimental unit in wonderful photography as well as insanely [...]

  • LHD: Hysterical Blindness
    LHD: Hysterical Blindness
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    Documentation for fanatics only. 3,700 word essay by Chris Sienko detailing the history and releases of LHD, plus illustrated discography. Limited release. 6×9-inches, 54 pages, Hardcover