A Brief History Of # 1956

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)…


1956



JOHN OSBORNE, Look Back in Anger („angry young men“)




FRIEDRICH DÜRRENMATT, Der Besuch der alten Dame


MAX FRISCH, Homo Faber


ALBERT CAMUS, La Chute




NAGUIB MAHFOUZ, Bayn al-qasrayn (Palace Walk; 1st of „Cairo-Trilogy“)




PIER PAOLO PASOLINI, Ragazzi di vita (1955)




ALLEN GINSBERG, Howl




NORMAN MAILER, The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster (pub. 1957)

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KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, Gesang der Jünglinge (electronic + voices)

Released in 1963.




IGOR STRAVINSKY, Canticum Sacrum




OLIVIER MESSIAEN, Catalogue d´Oiseaux (piano work with the use of bird recordings 1956-58)
Released in 1971




MOONDOG, Moondog




LOUIS & BEBE BARRON, Forbidden Planet (first electronic soundtrack)




SONNY ROLLINS, Saxophone Colossus (Prestige)




CHARLES MINGUS, Pithecanthropus Erectus




CHUCK BERRY, Rock Rock Rock (Chess)



HARRY BELAFONTE, Banana Boat Song (Calypso)
7" Banana Boat (Day-O)/ Star-O




RICHARD HAMILTON, „Just what is it that makes today´s homes so different, so appealing?“ (Pop-Art Icon, Collage, „This Is Tomorrow“ Whitechapel Art Gallery, London)




JOSEF SUDEK, Fotografie


ED VAN DER ELSKEN, Een liefdes geschiedenis in Saint Germain-des-Prés




BRASSAI, Quiet Days in Clichy




WILLIAM KLEIN, Life is good & Good for you in New York




HIROSHI HAMAYA, Yukiguni




FRITZ LANG, While the City sleeps


GEORGE STEVENS, Giant


JOHN FORD, The Searchers


SATYAJIT RAY, Aparajito (2nd of Apu-Trilogy)


DON SIEGEL, The Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers




VINCENTE MINELLI, Tea And Sympathy (1st film dealing with teenage homosexuality)




ELIA KAZAN, Baby Doll




JACQUES YVES-COUSTEAU, LOUIS MALLE, Le Monde du Silence (1955)

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