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Seth Fluker

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Seth Fluker is the current artist in resident at the bookshop. He has previously published a book on his work  ‘Strange Days Indeed‘ which is available at Donlon Books. He has been shooting his latest project, the contents of a sink in the kitchen that he works at in London. He will be compiling these photographs and is looking to find a publisher for this new body of work.

Seth Fluker is a Canadian born (1982), London based self-taught photographer. In his early twenties, Seth became interested in photographing his surroundings while skateboarding throughout his hometown and cities abroad. Since then his work has been exhibited internationally and was recently published through TV Books in the Various Photographs Catalogue.

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September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Launch of Dan Graham’s Rock/Music Writings and screening of Rock my Religion

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Saturday 26th September, 6.30 – 9pm
210 Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road

Rock/Music Writings is the first English language collection devoted entirely to Dan Graham’s writings on music.

Having initially appeared in small journals like Extensions, magazines such as Fusion of REALLIFE, or the artist’s catalogues the publication titled Rock/Music Writings covers Graham’s most prolific period of writing on music and its relation to popular and visual culture: the late 60s to the late 80s. Most of these essays are out of print or available here for the first time in anthologized form.

While Dan Graham is known widely for visual art, he began writing about Rock n Roll in the late 60s and remains an active writer on music and popular culture, both of which remain major tenants of his work. In the late 70s, Graham became very influential to the now infamous New York no wave scene through his friendships with Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch, and Kim Gordon, to name but a few. Through this influence, Graham became a touchstone for many musicians, and he was responsible for helping form and inspire many bands of that era, among them the Theoretical Girls (which he original named “Girls That Do Theory”) and Sonic Youth.

Graham gave back to this community with his seminal video and essay Rock My Religion, as well as New Wave Rock and the Feminine, and Punk as Propaganda. Other works on punk rock included in the book are The End of Liberalism, McLaren’s Children, Untitled, and Artist as Producer.

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Rock/Music Writings is available for £12.95 and is distributed by D.A.P. It contains 13 essays and 29 B&W images.

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September 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Erotic Book Club: Macho Sluts

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This month we are reading: Macho Sluts by Pat Califia

Thursday 24th September

When it was first published in 1988, Pat Califia’s Macho Sluts,a collection of S/M stories set in San FranciscoÂs dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any better). If any book is responsible for the formation of the modern lesbian leather community, this one is it. Despite its graceful language, imaginative scenarios, and abundant humour, the lesbian press trashed Macho Sluts,and it became a focal point for the infamous legal battles between Canada Customs and Little Sister’s, the gay and lesbian bookstore in Vancouver. But readers loved it, and to this day Macho Slutsremains a vital and moving classic that still has the power to educate, radicalize, and expand our notions of the body’s potential to provide us with pleasure, pain, and love. This new edition, part of Arsenal’s Little Sister’s Classics series resurrecting classics of LGBT literature, includes a new foreword by the author, and an introduction by Wendy Chapkis, a Professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. There are also essays by Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister’s, and Joseph Arvay, chief counsel for the bookstore during its trial against Canada Customs.


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September 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm