A Brief History Of # 1971

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)…

1971



MICHEL FOUCAULT, L`Ordre du discours




WILLIAM POWELL, The Anarchist Cookbook




STEVE REICH, Drumming


MORTON FELDMAN, Rothko Chapel (static blocks of sound, analogues of Rothko’s paintings)




MAURICIO KAGEL, Exotica – Für außereuropäische Instrumente

The Ensemble di percussioni del Parco della musca di Roma, together with the trio Sarawan Tamburi d’Iran, performed the Exotica of Mauricio Kagel at the concert hall of the Radio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland on 14 October 2010. This is a recording of the first eight minutes.



CORNELIUS CARDEW, The Great Learning Paragraphs 2 and 7




PHILIP GLASS, Music In Twelve Parts (Venture, recorded 1989)




GAVIN BRYARS, Jesus´Blood Never Failed Me Yet (based on one loop)

„In 1971, when I lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on a film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song – sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads – and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song „Jesus‘ Blood Never Failed Me Yet“. This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one.

When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment. I noticed, too, that the first section of the song – 13 bars in length – formed an effective loop which repeated in a slightly unpredictable way. I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this. The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.

I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man’s singing. This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the tramp’s nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.

The piece was originally recorded on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975 and a substantially revised and extended version for Point Records in 1993. The version which is played by my ensemble was specially created in 1993 to coincided with this last recording.“

Gavin Bryars.



TANGERINE DREAM, Alpha Centauri




FAUST, Faust




KEVIN AYERS, Shooting at the moon




MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, The Inner Mounting Flame


CARLA BLEY, Escalator over the Hill




YOKO ONO, Fly




ALICE COLTRANE, Astral Meditations


CAN, Tago Mago




CARAVAN, In the land of grey and pink




LED ZEPPELIN, Led Zeppelin IV (Atlantic)




LALO SCHIFRIN, Dirty Harry (Soundtrack)




CHICO BUARQUE, Construcao


LEONARD COHEN, Songs Of Love And Hate


SERGE GAINSBOURG, Histoire de Melody Nelson


SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, There´s A Riot Going On


JOSEPH BEUYS, Gründung der „Organisation für direkte Demokratie durch Volksabstimmung“ (mit Johannes Stüttgen, Karl Fastabend)


CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARTISTS IN AMERICA, Exhibition, Whitney, NY


VITO ACCONCI, Seedbed (A. masturbating hidden and vocalizing fantasies about the visitors; performance at Sonnabend Gallery)


NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, Sentimentaru na tabi


LARRY CLARK, Tulsa


ARNULF RAINER, Face Farces


EDWARD RUSCHA, Dutch details


WERNER SCHROETER, Der Tod der Maria Malibran


ROBERT FULTON, Running Shadow


DENNIS HOPPER, The Last Movie


PETER BOGDANOVICH, The Last Picture Show




DUSAN MAKAVEJEV, W.R. – Mysteries of the Organism




FERNANDO ARRABAL, Viva La Muerte




GORDON PARKS, Shaft


MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, Sweet Sweetback´s Baadassss Song!




STANLEY KUBRICK, A Clockwork Orange


MARIO BAVA, Bay Of Blood (grandfather of all slasher films)




DON SIEGEL, Dirty Harry

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