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|Defense against Squares / Contre les caves
Byron Coley has written extensively about underground culture since the mid-70s. Known most prominently for his work for Forced Exposure in the 1980s, he has been a columnist for the L.A. Weekly, Arthur, Spin, le Bathyscaphe, Harp, and so on. He co-wrote No-Wave with Thurston Moore (2008). He has written liner notes for hundreds of records, spewed for more zines than anyone could ever remember, and contributed to various anthologies. He currently writes for The Wire, codirects the label Feeding Tube Records, and publishes Bull Tongue Review, a quarterly journal of post-rock cultural pluralism. Byron Coley's previous book for L'Oie de Cravan was the collection of his articles, C'est La Guerre: Early Writings 1978-1983 (2011).
Poems of resistance against death and the dead squares. After years of collecting and reading the stuff, Byron Coley started writing poetry in 1998 as a reaction to the death vortex seemingly surrounding everything in his life at the time. From that moment on, he wrote lots of poems, mainly published in chapbooks, broadsides, and underground magazines: all almost impossible to find. Defense Against Squares is the first major collection of Byron Coley's poetry to be published. It features odes to personal heroes such as Jack Rose, Lou Reed, and Captain Beefheart, poems against the rotten world of George Bush and words of resistance against all squares.
Introduction by Kim Gordon. Cover drawing by Charles Burns. 166 pages. Bilingual, French translation by Marie Frankland (John-Glassco Translation Award 2007).
Format 22.5 x 12 cm.
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|C'est la guerre : Early Writings 1978-1983
Frontline writings from the music war
Coley was born in Manhattan in 1956. He has written extensively about underground culture since the mid-70s. His work for Forced Exposure and Spin made him legendary. This book shows it all started years earlier at NY Rocker and Take It! Since then he has published poetry, writen liner notes for hundreds of records, spewed for more ‘zines than anyone could ever remember and contributed to various anthologies. His previous book was «No Wave» with Thurston Moore.
C’est la guerre is a perfect snapshot, via letters and early articles, of a time of great changes in american music, that of the emergence of new kinds of wild rock, punk or noise, that would extend the explorations of free jazz or of great innovators like Captain Beefheart. Some of the articles included are about David Bowie, Robert Fripp, Fred Frith, Devo, Hüsker Dü, Suicide, Lydia Lunch, Jim Morrison, The Meat Puppets and the minutemen.
Foreword by Mike Watt. Cover drawn & silkscreened by Simon Bossé.
Bilingual (English/French), translated by Marie Frankland (John-Glassco Translation Price 2007).
6.5 x 6.5 inches.
« Byron used to come by SST Records, where I was living at the time. He would help the label with college radio ads. I would ask him about a band or an artist because it seemed that there wasn't anything or anyone in the world of music he wasn't conversant about. »
Henry Rollins, LA Weekly, February 2011
Some reviews of the book can be found here.
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