Dan Graham: Rock/Music Writings Book Launch, Tuesday, September 08, 7:00 PM

Dan Graham: Rock/Music Writings Book Launch, Tuesday, September 08, 7:00 PM

Primary Information

September 2, 2009

Dan Graham
Rock/Music Writings

Book launch and conversation with Dan Graham.

Tuesday, September 8, 7pm
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., New York


Primary Information is pleased to invite you to the book launch of Rock/Music Writings, the first English language collection devoted entirely to Dan Graham’s writings on music, on Tuesday, September 8 at McNally Jackson in New York. The launch will feature a conversation between Dan Graham, James Hoff, and Miriam Katzeff.

Having initially appeared in small journals like Extensions, magazines such as Fusion of REALLIFE, or the artist’s catalogues, the publication titled Rock/Music Writings covers Graham’s 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.

While Dan Graham is known widely for visual art, he began writing about Rock ‘n’ Roll in the late 60s and remains an active chronicler of music and popular culture, both of which remain major tenants of his work. In the late 70s, Graham became very 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.

Graham gave back to this community with his seminal video and essay Rock My Religion, as well as New Wave Rock and the Feminine, and Punk as Propaganda. Other works on punk rock included in the book are The End of Liberalism, McLaren’s Children, Untitled, and Artist as Producer.

Dan Graham, based in New York, has exhibited widely since the 1960s, beginning with conceptual magazine inserts and moving towards performance, video and architecture. A survey of Graham’s work, Dan Graham: Beyond, is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This exhibition originated at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is traveling to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the fall.

James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff are the founders of Primary Information, a non-profit organization based in New York that publishes artists’ books, artists’ writings, out-of-print publications, and editions.

Should you need further information please contact info@primaryinformation.org.

Primary Information receives generous support through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Stichting Egress Foundation, the Buddy Taub Foundation, and individuals worldwide.

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