Kathy Acker was an American experimental novelist, essayist and sex-positive feminist writer. She was influenced by the Black Mountain School poets, the writer William S. Burroughs, the artist and theoretician David Antin, French critical theory, feminist artists Carolee Schneeman and Eleanor Antin, by philosophy and pornography; the sole biological daughter of Donald and Claire Lehman, Kathy Acker was born Karen Lehman in New York City, in 1947, although the Library of Congress gives her birth year as 1948, most obituaries, including The New York Times, cited the year as 1944. The pregnancy was unplanned, her stepfather's name, Albert Alexander, appears on the birth certificate but not on the April 18, 1947 registry of births in NYC, which states Karen Lehman. Her relationship with her domineering mother into adulthood was fraught with hostility and anxiety because Acker felt unloved and unwanted, her mother soon remarried, to Albert Alexander, whose surname Kathy was given, although the writer described her mother's union with Alexander as a passionless marriage to an ineffectual man.
Karen had a half-sister, Wendy, by her mother's second marriage, but the two women were never close and long estranged. By the time of Kathy's death, she had requested that her friends not contact Wendy, as some had suggested. Acker was raised in stepfather's home on New York's prosperous Upper East Side. In 1978, Claire Alexander, Karen's mother, committed suicide. In 1966, she married Robert Acker, changed her last name from Alexander to Acker. Although her birth name was Karen, she was known as Kathy by her friends and family, her first work appeared in print as part of the burgeoning New York City literary underground of the mid-1970s. Like other young women struggling to be writers and artists, she worked for a few months as a stripper, listening to the stories of women so different from those she had known before profoundly influenced her early work, changed her understanding of gender and power relationships. During the 1970s Acker moved back and forth between San Diego, San Francisco and New York.
She married composer and experimental musician Peter Gordon shortly before the end of their seven-year relationship. She had relationships with theorist and critic Sylvère Lotringer and with filmmaker and film theorist Peter Wollen. In 1996, Acker left San Francisco and moved to London to live with writer and music critic Charles Shaar Murray, she married twice. While most of her relationships were with men she was bisexual. In 1979, she won the Pushcart Prize for her short story "New York City in 1979". During the early 1980s she lived in London, where she wrote several of her most critically acclaimed works. After returning to the United States in the late 1980s she worked as an adjunct professor at the San Francisco Art Institute for about six years and as a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Idaho, the University of California, San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, the California Institute of Arts, Roanoke College. In April 1996 Acker was diagnosed with breast cancer and she elected to have a double mastectomy.
In January 1997 she wrote about her loss of faith in conventional medicine in a Guardian article, "The Gift of Disease". In the article, she explains that after unsuccessful surgery, which left her feeling physically mutilated and debilitated, she rejected the passivity of the patient in the medical mainstream and began to seek out the advice of nutritionists, psychic healers, Chinese herbalists, she found appealing the claim that instead of being an object of knowledge, as in Western medicine, the patient becomes a seer, a seeker of wisdom, that illness becomes the teacher and the patient the student. However, after pursuing several forms of alternative medicine in England and the United States, Acker died a year and a half on November 30, 1997, aged 50, from complications of cancer in a Tijuana, Mexico alternative cancer clinic, the only alternative-treatment facility that accepted her with her advanced stage of cancer, she died in what was called "Room 101", to which her friend Alan Moore quipped, "There's nothing that woman can't turn into a literary reference".
At Brandeis University she engaged in undergraduate coursework in Classics at a time when Angela Davis was at the university. She became interested in writing novels, moved to California to attend University of California, San Diego where David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Jerome Rothenberg were among her teachers, she received her bachelor's degree in 1968. After moving to New York, she attended two years of graduate school at the City University of New York in Classics, specializing in Greek, she did not earn a graduate degree. During her time in New York she was employed as a file clerk, secretary and porn performer. Acker was associated with the New York punk movement of the early 1980s; the punk aesthetic influenced her literary style. In the 1970s, before the term "postmodernism" was popular, Acker began writing her books; these books contain features that would be considered postmodernist work. Her controversial body of work borrows from the experimental styles of William S. Burroughs and Marguerite Duras.
Her writing strategies at times used forms of pastiche and deployed Burroughs's cut-up technique, involving cutting-up
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion
Mary Edith Barnes was an English artist and writer who suffered from schizophrenia and became a successful painter. She is known for her documentation of her experience at R. D. Laing's experimental therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall, London, she is referenced in the book'The psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson Mary Barnes trained as a nurse and joined the army in World War II. She worked in Frankfurt for two years before returning to London as a full-time nurse. In 1963, after reading R. D. Laing's book The Divided Self, she contacted him and began therapy, which intensified when she entered Kingsley Hall in 1965 and underwent regression therapy. During the process, she discovered a talent for art, she would be described as "an ambassador for Laing", emerging from her journey to co-author a book about it with Joseph Berke, the resident psychiatrist who helped her. Her works, vivid oils depicting religious themes, were first shown at the Camden Arts Centre in 1969, she subsequently became a respected artist, painting evocative works based on her experiences and showing her work on tour worldwide, accompanying it with talks on her experiences and mental health.
In 1979 a play was produced, with script by Barnes with David Edgar. This was broadcast on BBC radio in the United Kingdom, most in December 2011 on Radio 4 Extra. In 1985, she moved to Scotland. Something Sacred, her book of conversations and paintings, was published in 1989. In 1993, she moved to Tomintoul, where she died in 2001, aged 78. In 2010 there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barnes's work at SPACE in London and in 2015 at Bow Arts Boo-Bah a retrospective co-curated by Dr Joe Berke of Mary's work on paper and board in pastels and oils alsongside photographs chronicling the therapeutic period at nearby Kingsley Hall. Before Mary Barnes was a well-known artist, she was a patient at Kingsley Hall, a therapeutic community for schizophrenics. Kingsley Hall was a place. While Mary was there, the radical psychiatrists R. D. Laing and D. G. Cooper ran the center, they encouraged her to regress to a childlike state, during which she painted the walls with her own faeces until they gave her paint to use instead.
This worked and she went on to become a successful artist. Mary Barnes with David Edgar, published by Methuen Publishing Ltd ISBN 0-413-40070-0 Something Sacred: Conversations, Paintings with Ann Scott, published by Free Association Books, ISBN 1-85343-101-X Something Sacred: Conversations, Paintings with Ann Scott, published by Free Association Books, ISBN 1-85343-100-1 Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness with Joseph Berke, published by Free Association Books, ISBN 1-85343-125-7 Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness with Joseph Berke, published by The Other Press, ISBN 1-59051-016-X Mary Barnes - Obituary, The Times, London, 9 July 2001. Book Review - Mary Barnes "Mary Barnes". Tribute site to "Nurse, Explorer of the Underworld, Celebrant of Death and Rebirth, Member of Kingsley Hall Community, Writer, Catholic mystic, Visionary"
London Borough of Hackney
The London Borough of Hackney is a London Borough in Inner London, United Kingdom. The historical and administrative heart of Hackney is Mare Street, which lies 5 miles north-east of Charing Cross; the borough is named after its principal district. Southern and eastern parts of the borough are popularly regarded as being part of east London, with the north-west belonging to north London; the London Plan issued by the Greater London Authority assigns whole boroughs to sub-regions for statutory monitoring and resource allocation purposes. The most recent iteration of this plan assigns Hackney to the ‘East’ sub-region, while the 2008 and 2004 versions assigned the borough to ‘North’ and ‘East’ sub-regions respectively; the modern borough was formed 1965 by the merger of the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney with the much smaller Metropolitan Boroughs of Stoke Newington and Shoreditch. Hackney is bounded by Islington to the west, Haringey to the north, Waltham Forest to the north-east, Newham to the east, Tower Hamlets to the south-east and the City of London to the south-west.
Hackney was one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics in 2012, with several of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venues falling within its boundaries. In the 13th century the name appears as Hackenaye or Hacquenye, but no certain derivation is advanced; the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Place Names discusses the origin of the name. The first surviving records of the place name are as Hakeneye; the ‘ey’ suffix certainly refers to an island. This was once a much wilder place than today; the Dictionary suggests that the ‘Hack’ element may derive from: The Old English ‘Haecc’ meaning a hatch – an entrance to a woodland or common. Or alternatively from ‘Haca’ meaning a hook, in this context, a bend of the river. Given the island context, the ‘hatch’ option is unlikely to be correct, so the favoured'Haka's Island' or the'Island on the bend' seem more likely; the place name will have referred to just the island or both the island and the manor of the same name based around it. Subsequently, the name Hackney was applied to the whole ancient parish of Hackney.
In the Iron Age and until after the Roman period, the River Lea was considered to separate the territories of the Catuvellauni to the west of the river from the Trinovantes to the east. The Romans built the Roman road, Ermine Street, which runs through the modern borough under the names Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road amongst others. In the Anglo-Saxon period, the River Lea separated the core territories of the East Saxons from the Middle Saxons they controlled; this continuity of this natural boundary from pre-Roman period may be a result of the differing Saxon groups taking control of pre-defined territories. After both areas were brought under the control of Alfred the Great, the river became the boundary between the historic counties of Middlesex and Essex. In the Tudor period, the lands of religious orders were put up for sale, thus Hackney became a retreat for the nobility around Hackney Homerton. Henry VIII's Palace was by Lea Bridge roundabout today. Sutton House, on Homerton High Street, is the oldest surviving dwelling in Hackney built in 1535 as Bryck Place for Sir Ralph Sadleir, a diplomat.
The village of Hackney flourished from the Tudor to late Georgian periods as a rural retreat. The first documented "hackney coach"—the forerunner of the more generic "hackney carriage"—operated in London in 1621. Current opinion is that the name "hackney," to refer to a London taxi, is derived from the village name. Construction of the railway in the 1850s ended Hackney's rural reputation by connecting it to other parts of the city and stimulating development. London's first Tudor theatres were built at Shoreditch; the Gunpowder Plot was first exposed nearby in Hoxton. In 1727 Daniel Defoe said of the villages of Hackney All these, except the Wyck-house, are within a few years so encreas'd in buildings, so inhabited, that there is no comparison to be made between their present and past state: Every separate hamlet is encreas'd, some of them more than treble as big as formerly; this town is so remarkable for the retreat of wealthy citizens, that there is at this time near a hundred coaches kept in it.
The parish church of St John-at-Hackney was built in 1789, replacing the nearby former 16th-century parish church dedicated to St Augustine. Notable residents from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries included Robert Aske, William Cecil, Samuel Courtauld, Samuel Hoare, Joseph Priestley and Thomas Sutton. Many grand houses stood in Stamford Hill. Alfred Hitchcock made many of his first films in Hoxton at the Gainsborough Studios in Poole Stre
St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks is a former dock and now a mixed-use development in Wapping in Central London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and within the East End. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames downstream of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. From 1828 to 1968 it was one of the commercial docks, it is in the redevelopment zone known as Docklands, is now a popular housing and leisure complex. St Katharine Docks took their name from the former hospital of St Katharine's by the Tower, built in the 12th century, which stood on the site. An intensely built-up 23 acre site was earmarked for redevelopment by an Act of Parliament in 1825, with construction commencing in May 1827; some 1250 houses were demolished, together with the medieval hospital of St. Katharine. Around 11,300 inhabitants port workers crammed into unsanitary slums, lost their homes; the scheme was his only major project in London. To create as much quayside as possible, the docks were designed in the form of two linked basins, both accessed via an entrance lock from the Thames.
Steam engines designed by James Watt and Matthew Boulton kept the water level in the basins about four feet above that of the tidal river. By 1830, the docks had cost over £2 million to build. Telford aimed to minimise the amount of quayside activity and specified that the docks' warehouses be built right on the quayside so that goods could be unloaded directly into them; the docks were opened on 25 October 1828. Although well used, they were not a great commercial success and were unable to accommodate large ships, they were amalgamated in 1864 with the neighbouring London Docks. In 1909, the Port of London Authority took over the management of all of the Thames docks, including the St Katharine; the St Katharine Docks were badly damaged by German bombing during the Second World War. All the warehouses around the eastern basin were destroyed, the site they had occupied remained derelict until the 1990s; because of their restricted capacity and inability to cope with large modern ships, the St Katharine Docks were among the first to be closed in 1968, were sold to the Greater London Council.
The site was leased to the developers Taylor Woodrow and most of the original warehouses around the western basin were demolished and replaced by modern commercial buildings in the early 1970s, beginning with the bulky Tower Hotel on a site parallel to the river just to the east of Tower Bridge. This was followed by the World Trade Centre Commodity Quay. Development around the eastern basin was completed in the 1990s; the development has been cited as a model example of successful urban redevelopment. In 1980, a plan was approved to open a St Katharine Docks Underground station on the proposed extension of the Jubilee line, it would have been between Fenchurch Wapping. An eastwards extension was built as part of the Jubilee line, but took a different route south of the Thames; the closest stations to the Docks today are Tower Hill and Tower Gateway DLR station, both equidistant from the north-west corner of the Docks. Between 2005 and 2008 the former Danish lightship "Lightship X" was moored on the west dock, used as a restaurant, before returning to Denmark.
The marina, including restaurants and offices, was owned by Max Property Group, operated by investor Nick Leslau, since 2011, was sold to Blackstone Group in 2014. Over the next three years, Blackstone completed a major restoration. In May 2017, the company retained agents to find potential buyers for the complex. In October 2017, Blackstone withdrew the property from the market because bids were below the asking price; the area now features offices and private housing, a large hotel and restaurants, a pub, a yachting marina and other recreational facilities. It remains a popular leisure destination; the east dock is now dominated by the City Quay residential development, comprising more than 200 owned flats overlooking the marina. The south side of the east dock is surrounded by the South Quay Estate, social housing; the dock is still used by small to medium-sized boats on a daily basis. The anchor from the wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam is on display at the entrance to the east dock.
Notable boats moored in the docks include: Gloriana, royal barge MV Havengore, former Port of London Authority hydrographic survey vesselSeveral Thames sailing barges are based in the docks. David Mellor and former politician, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham David Suchet, actor Jo Cox, assassinated Labour Party MP St. Katharine Pier is close to the St Katharine Dock, providing river transport services managed by London River Services; the main service from St Katharine Pier is a circular river cruise operated by Crown River Cruises which goes non-stop to Westminster Millennium Pier before returning via the South Bank arts centre, as well as a Westminster-Greenwich express service run by Thames River Services. The nearby Tower Millennium Pier, located on the other side of Tower Bridge, now provides the main commuter river boat services to Canary Wharf and Greenwich in the east and the West End in the west, a fast visitor service to the London Eye. Media related to St Katharine Docks at Wikimedia Commons Official website St Katharine Docks
Lucky Dragons is an experimental music group consisting of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara. Based in Los Angeles, the band are noted for their unusual sound, described as having the ability to make "'everyday sounds' become alluringly other". Lucky Dragons' performances include live music, video projection, sounds created in collaboration with the audience, they have performed at the Smell, Echo Curio, Dublab, KCHUNG at major international art institutions and at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Lucky Dragons were formed in 1999 and have created 19 albums as of November 2008; as well as making music as part of the Lucky Dragons, the band run a "weekly collaborative drawing society" called Sumi Ink Club and an internet community called Glaciers of Nice. Fischbeck explained, he said, "everything we've done since the beginning was to change the simple thing of what it means to be a band. This but not always, means making or rearranging sounds." Though their songs have been described as having "entered the postsong age", Rara said that she felt music was "still much in a song age" as "very few people are making work without a specific duration or end point".
Rara said that the structure of Lucky Dragons' songs were different, with some songs lasting only for "a few sputters" and with others that "revolve around shepherd tones and expand for hours". She stated that many of their songs "begin with improvisation" and said it was "like a game where the only rule is that each action must generate a kind of response or new action"; the improvisation enables them to "keep moving in several new directions at once". Fischbeck said "a song in my mind is something, completed once it is distributed and can come back in a changed form through a listening reaction" and was the element that enabled him to continue to call the band's music songs, as opposed to what he called "the much more technologically neutral'tracks,' which imply any human interaction at all"; the Stranger described two of the band's older albums, Norteñas and Future Feeling, as "employ a scrappy indietronica approach that sounds like Icelandic cuties Múm if they were raised on UK post-punk spazzes Swell Maps and hit "record" while buzzed on Jolt."
Fischbeck noted that he felt the band's music was "maybe a mix between political and healing—meditative punk..." Rara stated that Lucky Dragons sometimes create two albums each with "completely different sensibilities", upon completion decide, better and release only that one. Fischbeck said that he liked "newness and creative reuse and multiple points of view" as the band edit sound to "isolate and amplify these aspects of everyday sounds."The band use acoustic instruments to produce all of their sounds, though "the more'pure' electronic sounds are processed recordings rather than generated from scratch". For a project entitled, Make a Baby, Luke Fischbeck attached a number of wires together so that when two people hold two different wires and touch, it creates sound; the project was said to be "like. Or when you go to the aquarium for the first time and you realize that's what a starfish feels like, self discovery, science and a taste of natural sorcery." Rara said that the band's live performances are created with the idea that they should "generate equal power-sharing situations between members of the audience and ourselves."
This technique was described as "radical" as it was said to "encourage connections between show-goers over the standard-issue connection between a band and their creation and the audience's emotions". F_uxus 0.10 Dark Falcon Hawks and Sparrows Shh...! Faults Bees A Sewing Circle Widows Heart Stopping/Drums of Passion Mini Dream Island Very Picture Disk Speak Your Own Language Dream Island Laughing Language Rara Speaks Existers Publicity Reform' Long Form Live At NEST Boys Nortenas Vrais Noms"/"True Names Open Power "Blond Rats" "A David Horvitz Picture Disc" "Speak Your Own Language "Bongo Music" Live on Radio Centraal with Yacht Future Feelings with Sweet Potatoes Layer Hater with Goodiepal Bleach on Bleach with Yacht Fear Melody with Whitman "Sorrow"/"Jubilance: Pt. 1" with Weekend Peter Burr's Special Effect with Seabat Official Website Lucky Dragons at Redcat live on Dublab Lucky Dragons Free Albums on the FMA Interview with Dummymag.com An interview with Luke Fischbeck on The Marketplace of Ideas
Destroy All Monsters (band)
Destroy All Monsters were an influential Detroit band existing from 1973 to 1985, with sporadic performances since. Their music touched on elements of punk rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal and noise rock with a heavy dose of performance art, their music was described by Lester Bangs as "anti-rock". Destroy All Monsters found some mainstream success and earned notoriety due to members of notable rock groups The Stooges and MC5 who joined the group. Destroy All Monsters recorded several albums. In addition, Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore released a three compact disc compilation of the group's music in 1994. Formed in 1973, the first edition of Destroy All Monsters was formed by University of Michigan art students Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw and filmmaker Cary Loren, they performed in the Ann Arbor area from 1973–1976, their only release was a one-hour cassette of their recordings available only through Lightworks magazine. Their early music was influenced by Sun Ra, Velvet Underground, ESP-Disk, monster movies, beat culture and futurism.
Their sound was experimental, darkly humorous and droning. On New Year's Eve of 1973, the first Destroy All Monsters concert was held at a comic book convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the time the instruments were a sax, a vacuum cleaner and a coffee can, they performed a demented version of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and were asked to leave after ten minutes. The group performed "guerilla style", setting up free at parties and playing for food along Ann Arbor's frat row, they used modified instruments, a drum box, tape loops, hot-wired toys, cheap keyboards and broken electronic devices. Aside from the comic convention, the group's only formal gig in this era was at the Halloween Ball at the University of Michigan art school in 1976. Kelley and Shaw left the band during the summer of 1976 to attend graduate school at CalArts in Los Angeles, California. Both have gone on to lead successful solo careers in the art world, their work is held in major collections around the world. In 1977, Niagara and Loren recruited saxophonist Benjamin Miller.
They invited Mike Powers on bass but he soon left for Harvard University. Not long after, members of two important Detroit-based groups signed on: guitarist Ron Asheton, earlier of The Stooges, bass guitarist Michael Davis of the MC5, their presence garnered the group more attention than before. Shortly thereafter, Ron asked drummer Rob King to join the band. In 1978, Destroy All Monsters were preparing to release "Bored", their first official recording, when the group began to accelerate. Niagara by ended her relationship with Loren in favor of a new relationship with Asheton. Soon after the Miller brothers left after the DAM's Halloween show at EMU, in 1978; the "Bored"/"You’re Gonna Die" single earned major attention in the UK music press, a major 35 gig tour of the U. K. followed. And the band was able to capitalize on the notoriety. An EP followed in 1979, "Blackout in the City" under the name XANADU with the Miller Brothers and Rob King. Niagara and Ron Asheton carried on with various personnel releasing a total of three 7" singles on the IDBI label.
Between 1982 and 1984, Destroy All Monsters played in nightclubs in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Personnel: Rob King on drums, Mike Davis on bass, Ron Asheton on guitar, Niagara on vocals. In May 1983, the band recorded and videotaped the song called "Make Mine Japanese." Released in December 1983, this video can now be seen on-line. The Monsters broke up in 1985; the DAM singles were released by Cherry Red Records on CD. In 1994, Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore compiled a three-CD boxed set of music and extensive liner notes as Destroy All Monsters: 1974-1976 on Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label. The original lineup reformed for reunion shows in 1995. Loren republished the six issues of the Destroy All Monsters Magazine with added DAM student artwork, flexi disc and history in the book DESTROY ALL MONSTERS:GEISHA THIS -- four VHS tapes of DAM films were issued. An exhibition of their artwork followed at the Book Beat Gallery as well as live performances in Detroit, Los Angeles and San Diego.
A live CD, "Silver Wedding Anniversary", resulted from these concerts and was released in 1996 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. In 1996, the group performed in Osaka, Japan. A display of DAM artwork was held at the Deep Gallery in Tokyo. At the invitation of Ben Schot and Ronald Cornelissen for the "I Rip You, You Rip Me" festival and seminar at the Boijman's Museum in Rotterdam, DAM began work on the installation and film known as Strange Früt: Rock Apochrypha, an investigation of Detroit culture; this exhibition was shown and completed in 2000 at COCA in Seattle, WA. and in 2001 at the DAM Collective: Artists Take On Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This work was selected for inclusion in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of Art in NYC. In 2006, the "Strange Früt" exhibition and the bands archives traveled to the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France. DAM performed at the "All Tomorrow's Parties" festivals in Los Angeles as guest artists of Sonic Youth, in London, UK as guest artists selected by Dino and Jake Chapman.
A selection of the band's archives was on exhibition as part of the "Theater Without Theater" show at MACBA in Barcelona, Spain opening May 25, 2007. The exhibit traveled to Portugal in the fall of that year. Since 1995, the band has released five fu