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All Avant-Garde All The Time: The Sounds of The UK

By Kenneth Goldsmith


All Avant-Garde All The Time – UbuWeb Podcast #9: The Sounds of the UK from the 1960s To Yesterday

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Produced by The Poetry Foundation, UbuWeb is pleased to announce the latest in its podcast series, focusing on a dozen of Ubu’s hidden treasures, highlighting audio works that you really should know about about but most likely don’t. With this podcast, we continue our series focusing on the sounds of different regions. Here the focus is on the avant-garde language-based audio coming out of the UK. Beginning with Bob Cobbing and making our way through the the swinging London scene of the 60s, and the political / punk work of the 70s, and ending up with the electronics and samples of today, we cut a path through the London (and beyond) underground. Featured here are works by Bob Cobbing, Neil Mills, Lily Greenham, Cornelius Cardew, Christopher Logue, Richard Long, Art & Language + The Red Krayloa, Furious Pig, Momus, People Like Us, and Caroline Bergvall. You can subscribe to our podcast here.

Comments (14)

  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    If this is a post about the UK avant-garde, a very interesting topic, I don’t understand why Kenny Goldsmith and partner are displaying their bottoms in the photo?


  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm Matt wrote:

    John and Yoko.

  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    Oh, come on, that’s not John Lennon! It’s clearly Kenny Goldsmith.

  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm Matt wrote:

    I know.

  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    OK, so let me ask again: Why is Kenny goldsmith displaying his bottom (or his head on the naked body of John Lennon) in a post about the UK avant-garde?

    One begins to wonder about market forces…


  • On July 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm Matt wrote:

    For fun?

  • On July 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    >”for fun?”

    Yes, of course, I should have gotten the fun.

    Long live the post-neo-avant-garde.

  • On July 23, 2009 at 8:18 pm Henry Gould wrote:

    Because neither of them know how to sing or play guitar?

  • On July 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm John Oliver Simon wrote:

    Cult of personality celebrating the non-existence of the self…

  • On July 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    Someone just wrote me to say that it’s really Jeff Koons’s bottom, photoshopped!

    Now *that* would be some crazy sublimity.

    And here I thought we could start theorizing Conceptual Poetry via Burger, with a little bit of Buchloh thrown-in to soften the spanking…


  • On July 24, 2009 at 6:46 am Andy Dancer wrote:

    Urm, maybe because Goldsmith hosts the podcast and because the woman — Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us — is featured in the podcast? And why naked? Because it’s a parody of the John and Yoko wedding album. All very simple answers.

  • On July 24, 2009 at 1:49 pm Gerardo Figueroa wrote:

    loved the photoquote!
    standing applause, guys!

  • On July 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    “Slow Poetry: Recipe for a New Avant-Garde?”

    Well, the first paragraph of the article concludes with this jaw-dropper of a claim:

    “Flarf has laid claim to the critique of late capitalism and postmodern culture advanced by 20th century Language Poetry and Critical Theory.”

    But the rest of this piece in today’s Buffalo News, about the growing influence of “Slow Poetry,” is quite good. I didn’t know (see article) that Dale Smith’s idea-in-process has had such an impact among younger poets at SUNY/ Buffalo.



  • On July 27, 2009 at 11:13 am Iain wrote:

    Oh come one Kent, don’t pretend you wouldn’t be tempted to post a picture of your butt if you were a Harriet blogger. I mean, it’s practically a tradition.

    Come one everyone, butt posts all around.

Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 by Kenneth Goldsmith.