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Dan Graham: Rock My Religion Kodwo Eshun

Dan Graham: Rock My Religion

Kodwo Eshun

Published August 3rd 2012
ISBN : 9781846380853
Hardcover
105 pages
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Dan Grahams Rock My Religion (1982--1984) is a video essay populated by punk and rock performers (Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Eddie Cochran) and historical figures (including Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers). It represented aMoreDan Grahams Rock My Religion (1982--1984) is a video essay populated by punk and rock performers (Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Eddie Cochran) and historical figures (including Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers). It represented a coming together of narrative voice-overs, singing and shouting voices, and jarring sounds and overlaid texts that proposed a historical genealogy of rock music and an ambitious thesis about the origins of North Americas popular culture. Because of its passionate embrace of underground music, its low-fi aesthetics, interest in politics, and liberal approach to historiography, the video has become a landmark work in the history of contemporary moving image and art- but it has remained, possibly for the same reasons, one of Grahams least written about works--underappreciated and possibly misunderstood by the critics who otherwise celebrate him. This illustrated study of Grahams groundbreaking work fills that critical gap. Kodwo Eshun examines Rock My Religion not only in terms of contemporary art and Grahams wider body of work but also as part of the broader culture of the time. He explores the relationship between Graham and New Yorks underground music scene of the 1980s, connecting the artistic methods of the No Wave bands--especially their group dynamics and relationship to the audience--and Rock My Religions treatment of working class identity and culture.