A Brief History Of # 1967

Part of my longtime project A Brief History Of which wants to explore the 20th century culture. As an open curatorial project it grows rhizomatically in various directions. Since late 2009 I am assembling a list of influential works by composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers. Next to popular stuff with high artistic impact you´ll find more unknown pieces of avantgarde origin, high next to so called low culture. Gradually the works should be described, interviews should be held and correlations should be researched. Although this project actually must be a work in progress it shall merge into a book and a film sometime.

This is (so far)…


JACQUES DERRIDA, De la grammatologie

GUY DEBORD, La Société du spectacle

RICHARD RORTY, The linguistic turn

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Cien anos de soledad

KENZABURO OE, Man´en gannen no futtoburo

STEVE REICH, Piano Phase (translation of phasing technique from tape to live performance)

JOHN CAGE, Musicircus (simply invites the performers to assemble and play together)

GYÖRGY LIGETI, Lontano, large orchestra

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, Hymnen (electronic collage)

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE, Punch and Judy (Opera)

HENRY BRANT, Vertical Ascending (on Simon Rodia´s Watts Towers)

GEORGE CRUMB, Echoes of Time and the River

TORU TAKEMITSU, November Steps (alternates biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra)

THE BEATLES, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

MORTON SUBOTNICK, Silver Apples of the Moon (Nonesuch)

PIERRE HENRY, Messe pour le temp present (rock mass that mixes symphonic, rock and electronic instruments)

MAURICIO KAGEL, Staatstheater. Szenische Komposition (controvers musictheater)

LUC FERRARI, Presque rien No. 1 „Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer“

ALVIN LUCIER, North American Time Capsule (use of a prototype vocoder in real time)

GLOBE UNITY ORCHESTRA, Globe Unity 67 (Fusion of Brötzmanns and Schlippenbachs groups, feat. Jaki Liebezeit)

THE NIHILIST SPASM BAND, The Sweetest Country This Side of Heaven (invents noise)

FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION, We’re Only In It For The Money (Zappa)

FRANK ZAPPA, Absolutely Free (first Rock Opera)

RED CRAYOLA, Parable Of Arable Land (turns psychedelic rock into abstract sound-painting)

JIMI HENDRIX, Axis Bold As Love (Polydor)

THE VELVET UNDERGOUND, The Velvet Underground and Nico

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, Electric Music for the Mind and Body (agit-prop)

THE GRATEFUL DEAD, Grateful Dead (Psychedelic Rock)

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, Surrealistic Pillow (Psychedelic Folk)

THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, 5,000 Spirits (introduces medieval and middle-eastern music into rock and roll)

THE ROLLING STONES, Their Satanic Majesties Request

THE FUGS, Virgin Fugs

THE DOORS, The Doors

LOVE, Da Capo (features a side-long track, Revelation)

PINK FLOYD, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (debut)


SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE, A whole new thing (bassist Larry Graham invents the „funk“ bass lines)

CAETANO VELOSO, Domingo (founds the „tropicalismo“ movement)

ARETHA FRANKLIN, I never loved a Man ( (The Way I Loved You)

ISAAC HAYES, Hot Buttered Soul

NAM JUNE PAIK, Opera Sextronique (Charlotte Moorman´s topless cello performance)

American cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman (1933 – 1991) on stage, topless, as she and Korean-born artist and composer Nam June Paik (1932 – 2006) perform Paik’s ‚Opera Sextronique‘ at the Filmmakers Cinematheque (125 West 41st Street), New York, New York, February 9, 1967. Moorman was arrested for indecent exposure after the show; the charges were later dropped.

GERHARD RICHTER, Portrait Wunderlich (Portraits-Series 1965-68)

DAVID HOCKNEY, A Bigger Splash (Swimmingpool-series)

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, Booster (Kombination Siebdruck und Lithografie)

BERND UND HILLA BECHER, Wassertürme (series 1967-80)



IKKO NARAHARA, Europe – Where Time Has Stopped


LUTZ MOMMARTZ, Selbstschüsse

MICHAEL SNOW, Wavelength („Structural Film“)

JEAN-MARIE STRAUB, Die Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

SERGIO LEONE, A Fistful of Dollars (1st Spaghetti Western)

ARTHUR PENN, Bonnie And Clyde

MIKE NICHOLS, The Graduate

ROGER CORMAN, The Trip (1st LSD feature)

JOHN WATERS, Pink Flamingo

JEAN-LUC GODARD, Weekend (the collapse of the modern consumeristic society)

ERIC ROHMER, La collectionneuse

CHARLES CHAPLIN, A Countess From Hong Kong (his last film and a major-flop starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren and a cameo)

MIKLÓS JANCSÓ, Csillagosok, Katonak (Die Roten und die Weißen)


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