Better Books – Better Bookz

Better Books - Better Bookz320 Seiten Verlag Koenig Books, London

Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde

Rozemin Keshvani, Axel Heil, Peter Weibel (eds.)

Inhalt

In the 1960s „Swinging London“ (Vogue, 1965, Time magazine, 1966) was the epitome of the youth-driven pop-culture revolution. Musicians, artists, writers, film-makers, photographers, advertisers, publishers, product and fashion designers from around the world descended on London – the new epicentre of creativity and style. Linked to this hedonistic pop and fashion lifestyle was a subcultural underground that was in the process of forming a transatlantic alliance which would transform the way contemporary art was seen and spawn radical reformulations of artistic creativity. United in theirdistrust and rejection of cultural orthodoxies, the protagonists of this extraordinary subculture within the post-war generation sought and found revolutionary approaches and forms of protest. And London was the centre.

The legendary independent London bookstoreBetter Books on the Charing Cross Road was the hub for Bob Cobbing, William S. Burroughs, Barry Flanagan, Allen Ginsberg, Bruce Lacey, John Latham, Barry Miles, Gustav Metzger,Jeff Nuttall, Jeffrey Shaw, John Sharkey, Alexander Trocchi, and countless others, for their ideas and approaches to art, film, performance, literature, and activism. With its unique range of books, offbeat events, poetry readings, film screenings, and happenings, Better Books became the hot spot of London’s 1960s counter-culture scene.

Now, more than fifty years later, this book is the first to examine this special historic moment. Combining previously unpublished texts, documents, and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who authored this revolution, this volume offers a comprehensive history of what really happened during those exceptional years at Better Books.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Peter Weibel, Philipp Ziegler

Preface Trondheim kunstmuseum
Ellen Reksterberg, Pontus Kyander

From Beat to Concrete – Better Books,Counter-culture London and the New Avant-garde
Rozemin Keshvani

Gateway to the World

Better Books – The Hotspot

Events, Installations,
and Happenings

Sigma

The sTigma

When Poets Ruled the World

The People Show

London Film-makers‘
Co-operative

The Art of Liquid Crystals

Destruction in Art Symposium

The End of a Chapter

Better Books .. international times .. Indica ..
Barry Miles

Archives I: To My Fellow Artists
Christopher Logue

Archives 2: Peace News Letter
Peter Currel-Brown

Archives 3: Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds
Alexander Trocchi

Archives 4: Short Happenings
Philip Cohen

Archives 5: A Life Examined – Fragments from an Unfinished
Journal
Jeff Nuttall

Archives 6: My Own Mag
Jeff Nuttall

Islwyn Watkins and Ruth
Rosenthall in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani

Criton Tomazos in conversation with Rozemin Co-operative

Archives 7: The Cage |Photomontage album
Criton Tomazos

Archives 8: sTigma – A Kick at Soporifics
Dick Wilcocks

Bruce Lacey in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani

Archives 9: Auto-destructive and Kinetic Art
Frank Popper

Gustav Metzger in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani
Archives 10: DIAS, Destruction in Art Symposium

John „Hoppy” Hopkins in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani

Archives 11: The People Show
Jeff Nuttall, John Darling, Laura Gilbert, Mark Long, et al.

Archives 12: Book Plumbing
John Latham, Jeffrey Shaw, Jeffrey Sawtell

Archives 13: Emergences of Continuous Forms
Willem Breuker, Jeffrey Shaw, Tjebbe van Tijen

Stephen Dwoskin in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani

Archives 14: London Film-makers‘ Co-operative

Graham Keen in conversation with Rozemin Keshvani

Chronology of Key Moments

Key Protagonists

Acknowledgements

Authors Note

Photo Credits

Legal Note