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GRAHAM, DAN - Rock/Music Writings

Primary Information is pleased to announce the release of the first English language collection devoted entirely to Dan Grahams writings on music. Having initially appeared in small journals like Extensions, magazines such as Fusion or REALLIFE, or the artists catalogues the publication titled Rock/Music Writings covers Grahams most prolific period of writing on music and its relation to popular and visual culture: the late 60s to the late 80s. Most of these essays are out of print or available here for the first time in anthologized form.\r\nWhile Dan Graham is known widely for visual art, he began writing about Rock n Roll in the late 60s and remains an active writer on music and popular culture, both of which remain major tenants of his work. In the late 70s, Graham became influential to the now infamous New York no wave scene through his friendships with Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch, and Kim Gordon, to name but a few. Through this influence, Graham became a touchstone for many musicians, and he was responsible for helping form and inspire many bands of that era, among them the Theoretical Girls and Sonic Youth. \r\nGraham gave back to this community with his seminal video and essay Rock My Religion, as well as the essays New Wave Rock and the Feminine, and Punk as Propaganda. Other works on punk rock included in the book are The End of Liberalism, McLarens Children, Untitled, and Artist as Producer.\r\nRock/Music Writings also contains Grahams now-infamous and hitherto unavailable texts on the Kinks, a band Graham is not shy about pronouncing the best Rock band of all time. Another rare text, All You Need Is Love (1968) is included, which exemplifies a poetic style that was then an active part of Grahams practice. \r\nDan Graham, based in New York, has exhibited widely since the 1960s, beginning with conceptual magazine inserts and moving towards performance, video, and architecture. Recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a survey of his work, Dan Graham: Beyond. This exhibition originated at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is traveling to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the fall. - "Primary Information. Highly recommended!

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.



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