16 agosto 2019

Ma ad uscire allo scoperto per il suo libro sarà presto l'autore stesso, Benjamin Piekut, con un primo incontro pubblico in programma al Cafe Oto londinese il prossimo 13 ottobre. Con lui saranno David Toop, Cutler, Hodgkinson, Georgina Born e forse altri.

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. Its 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.
For this event we're pleased to present author Benjamin Piekut in conversation with David Toop, with special guests Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Georgina Born, and possibly other Cows. All will be available to sign copies. Book sales provided by ReR Megacorp.