Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix

image: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor. Wichita Vortex Sutra performance. St Mark’s Church, NYC October 1994. c. John Grady

After launching last June in Saint-Nazaire, Sonic Youth’s exhibition they curated with Roland Groenenboon moves to Malmö on May 26th for the rest of the summer, then on to Pamplona, Spain, in October. ( The show documents their extensive collaborations in and out of music, and collaborate they did! Unfortunately for us stateside peeps there are no US cities scheduled… yet(!)

For those of us who can’t manage to swing over to Sweden or Spain, there is a stunning 720-page companion catalog for the show, loaded with contributions by the likes of Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Dan Graham, Paul McCarthy, Robert Smithson, Mike Watt, Christian Marclay, Cindy Sherman, and many many more, all of whom are, of course, featured in the show in one form or another. Don’t be intimidated by it’s size… this is one seriously fun tome!

As if that wasn’t enough, there are two 7″s to boot, one side for each band member. More details at the Sonic Youth Sensational Pop page…

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  1. Artist Raymond Pettibon mentioned in this post also did his own strange poem based on Ginsberg’s “Howl” called “Psychedelic Translation of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl.”
    It was published in Pettibon’s Phaidon contemporary artist series book.

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