Art That Kills: A Panoramic Portrait of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984-2001

Art That Kills: A Panoramic Portrait of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984-2001


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ISBN-13: 9781840681659
Publisher: Creation Books
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

George Petros is a former contributing editor of Juxtapoz and senior editor of Propaganda. For a decade he edited Seconds, before which he put out EXIT. His work appeared on DEVO album covers and in Heavy Metal, Thrasher, Paper, Screw, Apocalypse Culture 2, and Needles Ink. He compiled and produced the Tampa underground comp Black Sunshine. He is the editor of THE EXIT COLLECTION.

Carlo McCormick is a renowned journalist, cultural commentator, and former editor of Paper magazine; he lives and works in New York City.

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This is not a history, a series of biographies, or a compendium. Anyone looking for a reference work on the subjects herein must look elsewhere;I make no attempt to present complete, comprehensive data. Nor am I offering a critique.This is a panoramic portrait of a scene, rendered in photos, documents, artwork and words. It illustrates the evolution of a movement.I selected these materials because they most vividly animate the individual subjects. The narrative, in each subject's own voice, offers little historical hype. From hours of taped conversations, I picked snippets that offered glimpses behind the masks of art and crime. (continued)

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poetontheone on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a wonderfully offensive scrapbook of a certain niche in underground culture, particularly in the late eighties and early nineties. You have this weird convergence of artists, punks, queers, satanists, neo-fascists, and Manson idolators. Even more than the typed interviews, so many of the images herein are a sight to behold. A lot of rare archival art, clippings, and a hefty helping of Manson memorabilia. One of the interesting aspects of this 'collection' is that many of the subjects have connected history and a sort of cliquish air pervades much of the book. It is also fun to pick out the juvenile con-artists of the bunch from the more authentic characters. All in all, a fascinating historical document pertaining to a shadowy underground that is more or less extinct. A monument of apocalypse culture.