Benjamin Piekut: Henry Cow



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Friends I admit I was struggling through the rather academic Introduction But have faith Once we meet the Cows the book chugs along merrily There s no shortage of hilarious vintage hotos with just about everyone in hippy haircuts and outrageous and often illuminating war stories And I can t say it better than the author Dagmar Krause s material on the other hand is the kind of lunar voyage that reminds one how fortunate we are that a few record execs smoked dope in the late 1960s how else could this music have slipped through the cracksWe need a kickstarter to supply free dope to today s record execsThe music of Henry Cow and associates have been a major and formative Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) part of my listening experiences So it s eas Extensive research went into this book which is heavily detailed and interesting to read One of the finest ensembles of avant rock whose interaction with experimental music free improv and rock was combined witholitical engagement and experiments in collectivism I was a little reluctant to read this book A music Study to Teach professor who is going to write a book about one of my favorite bands That is asking for trouble Henry Cow declared the world aroblem mixed rock with free jazz and written orchestral music wonderful song based albums with singer Dagmar Krause endless Global Corporations in Global Governance political meetings remember the seventies En Passant created a uality record label Recommended Records created a music movement Rock in Opposition In its open improvisations lapidary lyrics errant melodies and relentlessursuit of spontaneity the British experimental band Henry Cow Angels in Harmony pushed rock music to its limits Its rotatingersonnel sprung from rock free jazz and orchestral worlds synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines and with this musical diversity came a mixed olitics including Maoism com.

Nd then broke into many wonderful and interesting alliancesProfessor Benjamin Piekut did a wonderful job Drawing on 90 interviews with Henry Cow musicians and remarkable in a rock bio crew letters notebooks scores journals and meeting notes Piekut traces the group ursuit of a Autumn Brides political and musical collectivismPersonally I find the descriptions of the creation of group improvisations a regularart of the HC concerts very interesting and educational Piekut has written an infectious book An interesting insight into the sometimes troubled lives of interesting musicians In the seventies a beacon for us ordinary mortalsAnd what a wonderful opportunity to The Princess and the Three Knights play those beautiful records again As a selfroclaimed fat book charting the birth life and The Beauty of Believing painful death of the vernacular avantgarde rockband Henry Cow this might sound like heavy reading But once your through the academic framing of the book you ll find a highly interesting tale of a self conscious and idealistic rockband on a crash course with the music industry each other and with the world as a whole The world is aroblem indeed and will continue to be so But it s important to try than not to and that is what you as the reader will bring with you in the end the importance to keep on Sticky Church pushing the boundaries of what a rockband can be Benjamin Piekut has really demonstrated a model of engaging and engaged scholarship that walks the difficult line between the academic. Munism feminism and Italian Marxism In Henry Cow The World Is a Problem Benjamin Piekut tells the band’s story from its founding in Cambridge in 1968 and later affiliation with Virgin Records to its demise ten years later and analyzes its varied efforts to link aesthetics witholitics Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew letters notebooks.

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And the Forbidden Love Unchained popular a line that needs to be challenged often from both sides The World is a Problem is smart informative comprehensive and highly detailed without ever going into a chronological litany of then the band did this and then this happened Instead Piekut situates his material with the broader social andolitical contexts that Henry Cow were operating in and through We get unflinching looks and reflections on internal misogyny and feminist Witches of the Deep South politics a fantastic discussion of the Eurological and the Afrological as it may be read through Henry Cow and uestions of race the band s struggle to articulate anti fascist aesthetics in the face ofunk and the Rock Against Racism movement cogent musical analysis and an interrogation of what it means to be a committed collective Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) political entity in the arts and the attendantroblems that come with it sexual Christianity political and social All of this done with engagingrose and clear storytelling I m still Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, parsing Piekut s last chapter on a vernacular avant garde but with this lastiece he has made an important contribution to the scholarship of the avant garde and Alice-Miranda at Camp pushed its borders forward Maybe a little TMI in some areas but this book was inspiring to me as someone who was involved in making rock music on the fringes It shows how HC really laid the groundwork in so many areas not only musically A dense academic consideration of theolitically The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) progressive English band Henry Cow. Scores journals and meeting notes Piekut traces the group’sursuit of a olitical and musical collectivism offering up its history as but one example of the vernacular avant garde that emerged in the decades after World War II Henry Cow’s story resonates far beyond its inimitable music; it speaks to the avant garde’s unpredictable otential to transform the wor.