New American Ethnic Music Volume 2: Spindizzy
Archival Recordings (1968-83)
We are extremely excited to release "New American
Ehtnic Music Volume 2: Spindizzy" by Henry Flynt, which is the
second release in our new series documenting the archival recordings
of this previously obscure, genius musician. Volume one received broad
critical acclaim, including a "top ten critics pick for 2001"
in THE WIRE and numerous other reviews and articles. Volume 3 in the
series, "Hillbilly Tape Music," will follow shortly. Before
the publication of his music, Flynt was most often known as an (often
distorted) footnote in art history, as the
man who invented "Concept Art," Flynt's name in the early
sixties for his formal attacks on logical and mathematics, often presented
in art galleries. Flynt was initially (1962) a composer of the post-Cage
school who quickly turned completely against modernist music and created
his own Flynt genres, primarily through radicalizing Southern musical
forms like Bluegrass, Country, and Country Blues-elevating them to
an enchanted level, much as Coltrane did with the jazz of his time.
His music is a parallel stream to his extremely distinct and radical
philosophy (his primary work is as a radical intellectual, with visionary,
wide-ranging work that is highly intellectually demanding). More about
Flynt and his philosophy can be found at his web site, http://www.henryflynt.org
One note about
Flynt, lest unhelpful inaccuracies continue. He has been mistakenly
associated with the Fluxus art movement, of which he was never a member,
and even has been claimed as a sort of trophy by Fluxus members. Flynt
was NEVER a supporter of Fluxus, in fact he was a friend of Fluxus
founder George Maciunis who published a few of his early works, and
in a (very distorted way) he exerted a small influence on the movement
(his wide-ranging political critiques of "European serious music"
and of art itself-including Fluxus-caused a small rift in the movement).
Classifying Flynt as Fluxus is totally unhelpful in understanding
his highly singular work, which is simultaneously far more intellectually
radical & serious than the Fluxus post-dada shenanigans, and also
expresses a gritty & virtuosi musical sensibility which couldn't
be farther from "Fluxus Music." The only reason this error
has made it into print is the laziness of some historians who have
trouble placing such a singular lone wolf figure in the stream of
conformist art culture.
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