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    Posted: March 05 2019 at 11:09


In September 2019, Duke University Press will be publishing a new book on the experimental band Henry Cow, Henry Cow: The World is a Problem.

The avant-rock/jazz band featured a rotating cast of members and continuously challenged genre and other conventions. Active in the UK and Europe, but never quite popular due to their uncomprising committment to experimentation and their radical politics, Henry Cow performed and recorded from 1968 until 1978.

Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew, letters, notebooks, scores, journals, and meeting notes, music scholar Benjamin Piekut offers the definitive history of the band. He  traces the group?s pursuit of a political and musical collectivism, offering up their history as but one example of the vernacular avant-garde that emerged in the decades after World War II.

Release Date: September 2019

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In its open improvisations, lapidary lyrics, errant melodies, and relentless pursuit of spontaneity, the British experimental band Henry Cow pushed rock music to its limits. The band’s rotating personnel, sprung from rock, free jazz, and orchestral worlds, synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines, and with this musical diversity came a mixed politics, including Maoism, communism, feminism, and Italian Marxism. In Henry Cow: The World is a Problem Benjamin Piekut tells the band’s story—from its founding in Cambridge in 1968 and later affiliation with Virgin Records to its demise ten years later—and analyzes its varied efforts to link aesthetics with politics. Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew, letters, notebooks, scores, journals, and meeting notes, Piekut traces the group’s pursuit of a political and musical collectivism, offering up their history as but one example of the vernacular avant-garde that emerged in the decades after World War II. Henry Cow’s story resonates far beyond its inimitable music; it speaks to the avant-garde’s unpredictable potential to transform the world.
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Very interested in this. Surprising this will become a thing. 
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Yeah, I have to get this.

I see it's already available as a pre-order on Amazon despite not being out for six months!
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