After the messy dissolution of industrial godheads Throbbing Gristle, John Balance and Peter Christopherson united as Coil to push music in a queerer, more eldritch direction. Each Coil album was a bulletin from a strange new planet, and their interviews were just as important in educating an audience seeking relief from mainstream banality. This is an essential document not just of a band, but of the indie publications that fertilized the alternative imagination.
Peter Stanfield’s A Band With Built-In Hate casts rock’n’roll legends The Who as practitioners of mid-20th-century modern art, showing the connections between their work and movements such as auto-destructive art, French and British independent film, and, in particular, pop art. He illustrates how the band slowly transitioned from their early-days commitment to forward movement into a long and prosperous career capitalizing on nostalgia for their fever-pitched younger days.
In this breathtaking collection of essays, the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib offers up stunning commentary on myriad forms of Black performance. From detailing schoolyard fights and games of spades among friends to Merry Clayton's midnight recording session with the Rolling Stones, Abdurraqib expertly weaves together memoir, history, and critique. The result is a gorgeous and heartbreaking reflection on American culture, both past and present.