The author will talk about his new book "Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin", an account of a dangerous bastardization of punk spirit and avant-garde theory.

Book image: "Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin"

Deutsches Haus at NYU will present Avant-garde from Below: A Talk by Clemens Marschall on Tuesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Clemens Marschall will talk about his book Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin (Rokko’s Adventures/Last Gasp, 2016), which is an account, through the 20th century and beyond, of a dangerous bastardization of punk spirit and avant-garde theory. Three very unique characters trace a line through this history of precarious transgression in the fringes of popular culture: Iggy Pop, who was punk before punk; Joe Coleman, who distanced himself from the then-existing punk scene; and GG Allin, who died for what he thought was punk, thus putting the final nail in the coffin of the 'avant-garde from below.' The book includes never-before-published interviews (many undertaken in New York, eg. Joe Coleman, Whitney Ward, Carlo McCormick, Cynthia Carr, Richard Kern, Kim Jones, Steve Blush, George Petros…), and asks the following questions: where is the line between a prank, art, and serious crime? Which lines must be transgressed? Which taboos need to be broken? How far can one go before losing control?

Marschall was born 1985 in Austria, has a PhD in musicology; works as journalist (Ö1, Datum, Wiener Zeitung), author (Edition Patrick Frey, Verlag Anton Pustet, Ventil, Milena, monochrom), publisher (Rokko’s Adventures) and curator (Art’s Birthday/Funkhaus Wien); musician/performer (Museumsquartier Wien), DJ (Venice Film Festival) and promoter (Thee Oh Sees, Georg Friedrich, Rummelsnuff).

Events at Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews New York, N.)Y, at the corner of University Place.) are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

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