Hardcore, Melbourne, Punk, Grindcore, Metal, Crust, Pub, Photography; Hardcover book- VG+ Used condition
In 2012 The Royal Artillery Hotel closed its doors for the last time under the tenancy of the Kelly family. More commonly known as The Arthouse or more affectionately as The Arty, the Royal Artillery became a host to some particularly stringent strains of original musical output in Melbourne: vibrant punk, hardcore, metal and grindcore. Anna Brown's collection of over 1400 portraits of patrons of the Royal Artillery Hotel in its final days of operations serve as a vital document of a rich and uniquely cohesive community.
No. 7, 1995, of brilliant indie/underground music zine "Speed Kills!, 120 pages, with articles on Flying Saucer Attack and Unwound, automotive designer Virgil Exner, artwork (Dale Flattum, Cynthia Connolly, Orgone Cinema, Dan Grzeca, Jeff Tady, Marty Perez, Trevor Brown, and David Gilleran), and dozens of label ads and record reviews. Includes original 10-inch record that was issued with it. In excellent condition with light edgewear.
Mondo, Shockumentary, Mixtape, Gore, Real Footage, Disturbing; Zine + 3 DVD-R set - New
Mondo Mysterium is a monthly published U.S. zine showcasing marginalized mondo films (and the occasional shockumentary or other fellow traveler) that been somewhat neglected (which will mean they have never had a DVD release, or at least not the particular version) and are deserving of recognition for their contribution to the genre. Each month, the zine comes with three curated DVD-R's of obscure and unreleased mondo films from the Mondo Mysterium collection archive, complete with essays about the selected films.
The three DVD-R titles included with in Mondo Mysterium Vol 2 are the esoteric mondo film 'Il piacere e il mistero' (1964); one of the more obscure US shockumentaries, 'The Underbelly of America' (1998); and finally something extra special: 'Death Fest' (ca. 1996), a '90s homebrewed gore mixtape.
Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Max Roach, Evan Parker, Imrovised Music, Improv, Jazz, Experimental; Paperback Book - VG Used condition (book has some discoloration and creases/dog ears)
Derek Bailey's Improvisation, originally published in 1980, and here updated and extended with new interviews and photographs, is the first book to deal with the nature of improvisation in all its forms--Indian music, flamenco, baroque, organ music, rock, jazz, contemporary, and "free" music. By drawing on conversations with some of today's seminal improvisers--including John Zorn, Jerry Garcia, Steve Howe, Steve Lacy, Lionel Salter, Earle Brown, Paco Peña, Max Roach, Evan Parker, and Ronnie Scott--Bailey offers a clear-eyed view of the breathtaking spectrum of possibilities inherent in improvisational practice, while underpinning its importance as the basis for all music-making.
Sun Ra, Afro-futurism, Jazz, Free Jazz, Psychedelic, Historic, Documentary, Avant-garde; Paperback Book (314 pages) 2020 - New
Sun Ra (1914–93) was one of the most wildly prolific and unfailingly eccentric figures in the history of music. Renowned for extravagant performances in which his Arkestra appeared in neo-Egyptian garb, the keyboardist and bandleader also espoused an interstellar cosmology that claimed the planet Saturn as his true home. In Sun Ra’s Chicago, William Sites brings this visionary musician back to earth—specifically to the city’s South Side, where from 1946 to 1961 he lived and relaunched his career. The postwar South Side was a hotbed of unorthodox religious and cultural activism: Afrocentric philosophies flourished, storefront prophets sold “dream-book bibles,” and Elijah Muhammad was building the Nation of Islam. It was also an unruly musical crossroads where the man then known as Sonny Blount drew from an array of intellectual and musical sources—from radical nationalism, revisionist Christianity, and science fiction to jazz, blues, Latin dance music, and pop exotica—to construct a philosophy and performance style that imagined a new identity and future for African Americans. Sun Ra’s Chicago shows that late twentieth-century Afrofuturism emerged from a deep, utopian engagement with the city—and that by excavating the postwar black experience of Sun Ra’s South Side milieu, we can come to see the possibilities of urban life in new ways.
Geelong, Rock 'n roll, Bored, Powdermonkeys, Magic Dirt, Warped, Radio Birdman; Huge Limited Edition, Signed, Numbered Hardcover Book - New
Celebrating BORED! and the Geelong/ Melbourne independent music scene from 1977 onwards. Cover to cover full of never seen photos, flyers and memories of some of the most influential local and international acts that graced the stage of the dingiest venues of Geelong. These are limited, signed and numbered copies, containing reprinted flyers, badges, lanyard and 7" Dirty Lovers 'Shanty Tramp' single, all beautifully boxed and presented. At 678 pages, this book is Fucking massive!.....And heavy!! please note that postage is $20 for this item..... This is an incredible item, a real credit to Author/Compiler Maree Robertson......
Darby Crash, The Germs, LA Punk, Los Angeles, Punk, Adam Parfrey; Paperback Book - Ex Used condition
Lexicon Devil provides a powerful, unflinching look at the life and times of Darby Crash of The Germs, using first person accounts to tell the story. And a tragic, but exciting story it is. The reader gets a first-hand look at Punk’s west coast birth, its ascendancy, and decline. All this is embodied in the story of Darby Crash, a man (or kid, really, dying young at 22, not even close to the 27 Club) of great vision, recklessness, and inner torment. Darby Crash is neither sainted nor vilified, a tough balance to strike. At the end, one is struck with a sense of the lost potentials, the regrets of friends and acquaintances that wish they had done more to save him.
"Lexicon Devil is, pure and simple, the finest volume on punk to have seen the light of print. (Yes, folks: that includes Please Kill Me.) Great book!"—Richard Meltzer
Amok, Stuart Swezey, Disturbing, Factual, Autoerotic Fantasies, Jacopetti, Self Mutilation, Psych; Paperback Book 476 pages - New
Subtitled "A Compendium of Phycho-Physiological Investigation," what you get in the Amok Journal's SENSURROUND EDITION is a collection of reports, articles and general research on autoerotic fatalities, trepanation, Gualtiero Jacopetti, cargo cults, Neue Slowenische Kunst, self-mutilation and amputee fetishism, infrasound and a collection of true emergency room reports called "Psych-Out." All of the material presented here is true. Some of it seems unbelievable but all the reports here are covering behaviors that these people were engaging in willingly (even some of the fatal ones) for the purpose of having some sort of heightened sensory experience. Nearly all of this behavior does NOT involve drugs, focusing more on altered experience through altered body state. Not for the easily squeamish. Despite the extreme subject matter, this volume is highly intelligent and an amazing psychological peek into the fringes of human experiences.
Graffiti, Graff, Street Art, Australia; Hardcover Book - Ex Used condition
Combining beautiful colour images from Australia’s thriving graffiti and street art culture with analysis of the history and evolution of the scene, this illustrated guide discusses the complex issues raised by graffiti’s presence in public spaces. Increasingly gaining currency as a potent and respected art form worldwide, the immediacy and ephemeral nature of street art comments on political and social change and the shape of the urban landscape itself, and this collection contributes to the local, national, and international conversations about art and design, popular culture, and urban planning.
Controversial, Graphic, Disturbing, Photography, Shocking, Confronting, IMPORT; Paperback Book (164 pages) - New
Joel-Peter Witkin: Vanitas offers a concise survey of one of the most controversial photographers alive. Since the late 1970s, Witkin's black-and-white portraits and still-lifes of hermaphrodites, body parts, severed heads, mutilations and similar themes have inevitably provided shock fodder to the religious right, while seeming to evoke an easy relationship to ideas of decadence and morbidity. For Witkin, the goal is simple: -I wanted my photographs to be as powerful as the last thing a person sees or remembers before death.- Witkin's photographs offer up examples of life's extremities as unblinking confrontations with mortality, whose power derives not merely from their content but from the keen compositional instincts governing that content. Witkin's gift for still life and his use of religious motifs such as crucifixion and sainthood have been nourished by his appreciation of the likes of Francisco Goya, Odilon Redon and Hieronymus Bosch, whose examples he has translated for the concerns of the present. Witkin's photographs have made a colossal impact upon contemporary culture, influencing artists such as the Chapman Brothers and Erwin Olaf, musicians such as Diamanda Galas and Trent Reznor, and the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, among many others. Vanitas provides a cross-section of the artist's work from the 1970s to the present. In addition to photographs, it includes many lesser-known drawings and paintings, as well as Witkin's most recent, previously unpublished photographs. A bilingual (English/Czech) text by the art historian Otto M. Urban summarizes the development of Witkin's life and work.
Large Scale, Limited Edition (500 copies), Experimental, Noise, Power Electronics; Hardcover Book + 11" Vinyl LP - Ex Used condition
180 Page Hardcover Book with 11" Record, featuring Kevin Drumm. What separates Dominick Fernows Prurient project from the rest of the contemporary underground cannon is its unyielding personal subject matter. From the inception of Prurient the concept has always utilized intimate details, photographs, letters and other ephemera culled from places where most artists would choose to obscure. Prurient draws these details into focus more than ever on Rose Pillar, a 180-page hardbound book of Fernows collage work and text supplied by his mother Jean Feraca from her previously published memoir I Hear Voices. Feraca tells the story of the death of Stephen, the brilliant but troubled older brother, an anthropologist who was adopted into a Sioux tribe. Feracas text is juxtaposed with Fernows collages of fallen empires, plant-life and industrial decline. The imagery presented is both stoic yet strangely profound and revealing as an analogy of death. Rose Pillar also contains an 11” vinyl LP containing material from Prurient that is some of the most profound and fully-realized work of his career. Prurient is not about an attack but rather a cry for help. Prurient takes the listener to the ends of human emotion as the range of sounds swell as the light of life fades. The climax of the album is the track “spins the worlds wheel again” which contains the most densely melodic frozen drone ever contained on a Prurient recording. What's evidenced in these recordings is a sense of loss and destruction that cant be replaced. The sound feels more like an erosion of steady decline, ebb and flow, storms, power controlled and power unleashed. This multimedia project pries deeply through the depths of mourning on both a personal and societal scale. In conversation Prurient has exclaimed Rose Pillar to be the end of an era in both function and material. This is Prurient taken to its furthest and most satisfyingly complete conclusion. Nothing will be the same after this release as this is the ultimate result of Prurient's process. Finality is a recurring theme with Rose Pillar and that says more than anything.
Rare, Home Made Tattoos, Art, Tattoos, DIY, Australia, Underground, Out Of Print; Paperback Book - Ex Used condition
Long out of print and a rare find, Home Made Tattoos Rule is a collection of photographs of home made tattoos. The images cover tattooed people, tattooists' tools and tattooing in action. The collection of tattoos published in this book brings together various aesthetics, styles and techniques of home made tattoos ranging for the cute and naïve to the bold and the ugly. Stepping out of the standard patterns of the tattoo shop and with no bookings, no waiting and no payment required, it's easy to see the appeal of DIY tattooing.