Hard Cover, English, Thread Stiching, 410 Pages, 2016
Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance
Clemens Marschall’s book "Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin" is an account, through the 20th century and beyond, of a dangerous bastardisation 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’. In this book, the story of confrontational performance art is not only told by the protagonists themselves, but also by people who are usually in the background: promoters, editors, partners, friends – and enemies. It includes four extensive chapters that provide a historical and cultural context, as well as never before published photos and in-depth interviews.