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The Assault on Culture

The Assault on Culture

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Published by Joseph Matheny
The Assault on Culture: Utopian currents from Lettrisme to Class War (Aporia Press and Unpopular Books, London, 1988) is considered a useful art-history work, providing an introduction to a range of cultural currents which had, aluthet that time at least, been under-documented. Like Home's other publications of that time, it played an influential part in renewing interest in the Situationist International.
The Assault on Culture: Utopian currents from Lettrisme to Class War (Aporia Press and Unpopular Books, London, 1988) is considered a useful art-history work, providing an introduction to a range of cultural currents which had, aluthet that time at least, been under-documented. Like Home's other publications of that time, it played an influential part in renewing interest in the Situationist International.

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CONTACTTHE ASSAULT ON CULTURE: UTOPIAN CURRENTS FROMLETTRISM TO CLASS WAR by Stewart Home.
Ist edition Aporia Press and Unpopular Books, London 1988. 2nd UK editionAK Press, 1991.
The entire contents of this book (except the index) are available forfree on this site, but you can still buy hard copies should you so wish.This book was written in 1987, things have moved on since then (bothfor the author and in the world), so please bear that in mind....
CONTENTS
2nd UK edition.1st UK edition.In Portuguese from Brazil.
 
overview of post-war avant-garde 1945-1986http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/sp/assault.htm[11/27/10 2:53:22 PM]
Please note the UK AK edition is the English language version approvedby the author; an overpriced and poor quality pod version was issuedby AK US without Stewart Home's knowledge, and when he foundabout about it two years after it was issued and complained, AK USagreed to withdraw it (but may or may not have done so).
From the back cover of the AK edition (lifted from the press).
" A straightforward account of the vanguards that followed Surrealism:Letlrisme, fluxus, Neoism and others even more obscure"
VillageVoice.
"Home's book is the first that I know of to chart this particular'tradition' and to treat it seriously. It is a healthy corrective to theoverly aestheticised view of 20th century avant-gorde art that nowprevails."
City Limits.
" Much of the information is taken from obscure sources and the bookis essential reading for anyone interested in the subject. It demystifiesthe political and artistic practices of opponents to the dominant cultureand serves as a basic reference for a field largely undocumented inEnglish. It is also engagingly honest, unpretentious, questioning andimmediate in its impact"
Artists Newsletter.
"Reflecting the uncategorisable aspect of art that hurls itself intovisionary politics, the book will engage political scientists, performanceartists and activists"
Art and Text.
" Apocalyptic in the literal sense of the word: an uncovering,revelation, a vision"
New Statesman.
" A concise introduction to a whole mess of troublemakers through theages... well written, incisive and colourful"
NME.
"Informative and provocative"
Art Forum.
Front cover photo of Shaun Caton on 2nd UK edition (AK Press) byJohn Parker. Front cover of 1st UK edition shows Asger Jorn at work inthe Experimental Laboratory.
Prelim Page Quotes:
"Our programme is a cultural revolution through a total assault on culture, whichmakes use of every tool, every energy and every media we can get our collectivehands on... our culture, our art, the music, newspapers, books, posters, ourclothing, our homes, the way we walk and talk, the way our hair grows, the way wesmoke dope and fuck and eat and sleep - it's all one message - and the message isFREEDOM." John Sinclair, Ministry Of Information, White Panthers."Frankly, all he asked for now was an opportunity to ingratiate himself with theBlack Panthers and uncover the man behind the scenes. Hart had been right aboutthis. There were whites actively engaged in supplying facilities, legal advice, aid forthe 'cell'. Liberals they were called. Some were honest citizens trying to carrythrough the mayor's instructions that peace depended upon total, unbiased co-operation between New York's polyglot millions. Others had a stake in anarchy -In Spanish.In Polish.In Italian.
 
 
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destruction being their aim, civil strife their immediate target. And, too, there werethe Mafia with tentacles waving for a share of the lucrative drug traffic. Pot and acidwere not enough for the pushers. They wanted 'H' and coke the mainstemmingnarcotic that every militant used." Richard Allen "Demo" (New English Library,London 1971)."It should be re-affirmed that the creation of a counter-culture, in itself ahaphazard, chancy and unpredictable affair, has profound political implications. Forwhile the Establishment, with its flair for survival, can ultimately absorb policies, nomatter how radical or anarchistic (abolition of censorship, withdrawal from Vietnam,Legalized Pot, etc), how long can it withstand the impact of an alien culture? - aculture that is destined to create a new kind of man?" Richard Neville "Play Power"(Jonathan Cape, London 1970).
Henry Flynt talks to Stewart Home(interview with seminal figure whoknew entire New York Fluxus circle).Ralph Rumney talks to Stewart Home(interview with founder memberof the Situationist International)Art/Anti-ArtPolitics
In Lithuanian.
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