Who Says Avant-Garde Is Dead?

Published November 19, 2019 in Warp & Woof Who Says Avant-Garde Is Dead? Postmodernism Hasn’t Killed It Yet William Sundwick When art critic Clement Greenberg wrote in 1939 that the opposite of avant-gardewas kitsch, he was referring to the struggle then between artists who had a burning desire to be creative and the exigencies ofContinue reading “Who Says Avant-Garde Is Dead?”

Who Killed the Anger?

Published October 25, 2018 in Warp & Woof Who Killed the Anger? Noise and Experimental Rock, 1980s – 2010s William Sundwick Punk Rock began in the 1970s as an attempt to strip away the artifice and commercial compromises of art in popular music. It was seen by bands on both sides of the Atlantic —Continue reading “Who Killed the Anger?”

The Velvet Underground — Or, Perils of Selling Avant Garde As Pop

Published July 12, 2017 in Warp & Woof The Velvet Underground – Or, Perils of Selling Avant Garde as Pop   William Sundwick     Lou Reed was a middle-class Jewish kid growing up on 1950s Long Island. He was always interested in pop music – especially doo wop — and taught himself to playContinue reading “The Velvet Underground — Or, Perils of Selling Avant Garde As Pop”

Proto-Punk and The Stooges

Published March 30, 2017 in Warp & Woof Proto-Punk and The Stooges William Sundwick Rock ‘n Roll started this way in the 1950s. You had poor, unknown, young musicians who had a desire to make music for other young people … especially, at the beginning, for dancing. But, since it became apparent, early, that manyContinue reading “Proto-Punk and The Stooges”