For the first time on Classical Gas a real Dada classic! Tristan Tzara’s The Bearded Heart. That’s right, the Daddio of Dada himself reading extracts from the “Soirée du Cœur à Barbe” at the Théâtre Michel in 1923. Tris reads selections in the only way he can… gibberishly. Among the attendees were Stravinsky, Eric Satie and Jean Cocteau. Without really having to be said, a riotous evening was had by all.
“When Tris gets going there really will be a riot going on!”
Adrian Martin, Christian Science Monitor
That’s right. One you’ve been waiting for.
“Heliogabalus”, Artaud reminds us in no uncertain terms, “behaves like a thug and an irreverent libertarian”. This bogus pomp sets the scene for a rollicking journey through the Gnostic festivals, hi jinx and orgiastic revelries of the scallywag anarchist himself, as he plunders his way through the Balkans, as only he can. And along the way there will be much theatre and poetry to be had.
“If Tony doesn’t get you with this title (and I know he will), The Premature Old Age of the Cinema will be hot on its heels in the Fall”, Susan Sontag, Sight & Sound.
“I remember: When parents drink, children tipple; I remember Hermès handbags, with their tiny padlocks; I remember myxomatosis”. Such is the ingenious memory work of Georges Perec. These details from a life lived are at once minute, banal, startling and illuminating.
“In an impossible retrospect, it could be fancifully said that Georges Perec is the vital missing link in Frances Yates’ classic Art of Memory“, David Bellos
Since its original publication in 1976, Five Studies in Dialectical Materialism has been both a bone of contention as well as an injection of frisson into the ongoing and seemingly endless debate around the opposing contradictions of consumer culture defined by capital. Along with Herbert Marcuse, arguably no one has done more to further the critique of the absolute need for the worker’s control of factories.
This Columbia “Juke-Box” pressing was produced by the SMCQ Collective, Stuttgart.
On this new “Galaxy” recording George sets out not to titillate but rather inform. But who would have thought otherwise? We can’t say that this disc will knock your socks off, but it will certainly give you pause for thinking before dancing!
Produced by Sir George Martin.
Who would have thought it? A Classical Gas greatest hits. Already?! You bet. And what a lineup. From Jorge Luis Borges, Monique Wittig and Cyber Dada, to Judith Butler, John Cage & Simone de Beauvoir, this disc is a swinging digest of the best Classical Gas has to offer. But don’t take our word for it!
“An astute collection of some of the most hip and devil-may-care titles from the, dare I say it, beguiling Classical Gas collection. I mean really, how did it ever get made in the first place? Now just so you know that’s praise. And I’m not even in it …. Wait a minute… ” Jonathon Crary, MIT Press Newsletter (Arts and Design).
“Listening to this I really DO wish my brother George was here!” Liberace impersonator (deceased) the Sands, Las Vegas.
“Is anybody there?” You may well ask. Here Avital Ronell takes us on a journey to the end of the line, anticipating the surprise, fear and even terror of who might answer. Technology, schizophrenia and electric speech are some of the thoughts that will come to mind when you cradle the handset against your ear.
“Be sure to call collect!” Julia Kristeva
That’s right, L’invention du quotidien by any other name. Michel loves to ponder when he wanders. And boy does he wonder! He strolls as if entranced through the avenues and alley ways he finds and, inevitably, find him. A latter-day Rimbaud of the city, he takes us into his world and makes it ours. Bet you can’t wait to take the trip.
Also on Polydor The Possession at Loudun (produced by George Martin).
Teilhard de Chardin (SJ) is at it again. From the arid plains of the Gobi desert to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the maverick of unpopular ideas gives us pause and much to think about on this new Microgroove Record (produced by Bernardin Van Eekhout for Editions de L’oiseau-Lyre). Go to any place off the beaten track in search of the extraordinary and you will find that Teilhard’s footsteps have left their mark and their echoes. You can hear some of them here!
“The man has got more soul than James Brown and definitely more sole!” The Deaconess of Detroit, Christian Science Monitor.
Étienne, or Steve to his English fans, is no slouch. He’s an “Immortal” of the Académie Francaise no less! The self-styled “engraver-philosopher” carves out some fine grooves on this latest title from the good folks at Reader’s Digest Gravure. But don’t let the title throw you off. It’s not all bad news! “It will be in the inmost being of the modern reader that The Terrors of the Year Two Thousand will live”.
Laurence Shook, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto.
Frank and Queenie are at it again! Those two devilish Downing Dons take us on a rambunctious tour of literary thrills from Luddites, monoculture to Bill Yeats and Wuthering Heights.
“Well, we’ve all been besotted with the ‘common pursuit’ of all things literary. But here you will find a racket comparable to Lester Bangs writing on absolutely anything”– Terry Eagleton, New Left Review
In a rare meeting in the Fall of 1953, two very different personalities, poles apart in all matters aesthetic, political and cultural, came together in the Bahamas. There they surreptitiously performed the forbidding Williams Mix as spoken word. This is the extraordinary result.
“A right Royal rowdy rumpus, to be sure”, Earle Brown, Town and Country.
This selection from Thom Sebeok’s 60s hip-swinger will appeal to everyone and anyone interested in poetic process, literary analysis and stuff like that.
With titles like “Metric Typology” and “Vectors of Prose Style” what’s not to like!
“Generally provocative, yet toe-tapping”, Edward Stankiewicz, Thought
[NB: This album contains no liner notes]
Selected from Theo’s magnum opus Aesthetic Theory, these grooves offer insight into the how and why his work has found its way into recording studio, the concert hall and the radio alike. Without a doubt Theodor Adorno is the Herbert von Karajan of ideas. And as we all simply want more and more Adorno, we are treated to ‘On the Concept of Ugliness’ on the flip side.
“This title has been flying off the shelves for decades”, Russ Solomon, Tower Records.
Tough to get hold of, difficult to pin down. But they were, as Jacques himself may drolly suggest, pursued, cajoled and contracted.
While on a promotional tour of Trinidad and Tobago some years ago they were offered the Freedom of the City— on the basis of this disc alone! With a large and enthusiastic following through the print media, this new long-playing record is a departure for them. Tracks include selections from “Savoir” and “A Silkworm of One’s Own”.
A joint production of Columbia and EMI (which also released Deathbound Subjectivity by Alphonso Lingis).
You can forget your deconstructivists, deconstructionalists and flat out incomprehensives. This fighting title (selected by Paul “the man” de Man) features compelling abridged and totally accessible readings of texts such as Derrida’s “Tympan”, Hillis Miller’s Hawthorne & History: Defacing It, selections from Rhetoric and Form as well as the Paul de Man Notebooks, all read by David Attenborough himself.
“Différance never sounded so dulcet as when pronounced by Sir David”, Christopher Hitchens, New Statesman.
That’s right, the best Athens has to offer when it comes to cavorting through selections from the classics. From Epicurus and Socrates to Euclid and Aeschines of Sphettus, tracks include selections from Axiochus, Oxyrhynchus Papyri and Euthuphrōn.
You can’t surely want more than that!
This Franco-Greek production on Polydor is pressed in Germany.
That’s right, just what you’ve been waiting for! A celebratory digest of some of Classical-Gas‘ most hip and adored titles. Selected by Rosalind Krauss and Philip Glass, this compilation is sure to be on high rotation in dens and snugs all over the world.
“Best be quick, this is flying out of stores like hot-cakes. Already has pride of place in my hi-fi hutch. It had me with Illness As Metaphor on the track listing”.
Carl Freshman, Sight and Sound.
Another way out title from the good folks at Something Else Press! A potpourri of wonders including words from the likes of the Beatles and text by more than 260 composers of note and notoriety. Compiled by John Cage and Allison Knowles.
“On high rotation at home”, Richard Kostelanetz