John Corbett's Critical Reads

July 15th, 2017

John Corbett is a writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago.  He is the author of A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Duke University Press, 2015), and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (Duke, 1994), as well as several edited volumes on Sun Ra. The catalog he made, along with the curatorial team from the Smart Museum of Art, for the exhibition Monster Roster: Existential Art in Postwar Chicago, was awarded the award for excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators in 2017.  Corbett has produced CDs and LPs for his Unheard Music Series and more recently for Corbett vs. Dempsey, the label associated with his art gallery.  He served as Artistic Director of the JazzFest Berlin in 2002 and, with musician Ken Vandermark, organized a series and festival of jazz and improvised music at the Empty Bottle for a decade starting in 1996.  He lives in Rogers Park with his wife, their cat, and a overly large collection of records. Join us Saturday, 7/22, 3pm at the Co-op for a conversation and discussion with both John Corbett and Mac McCaughan on Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium.


Shortlist Stalagmites: Recent Reads and Perennial Favorites

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys - Viv Albertine

An Explanation of the Birds - Antonio Lobo Antunes

Noise - Jacques Attali

Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice in Music - Derek Bailey

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Lester Bangs

Not-Knowing - Donald Barthelme

Image-Music-Text - Roland Barthes

T.A.Z. - Hakim Bey

Recent Visitors - Bill Berkson

The Loser - Thomas Bernhard

Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and Its Effects on Music - Michael Chanan

African Music and African Sensibility - John Miller Chernoff

A Secret Location on the Lower East Side - Steven Clay and Rodney Phillips

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? - George Clinton with Ben Greenman

Collected Poems 1962-1985 - Clark Coolidge

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello

Every Man a Murderer - Heimeto von Doderer

Hunts in Dreams - Tom Drury

Margaret the First - Danielle Dutton

The Third Coast - Thomas Dyja

A Visit from the Good Squad - Jennifer Egan

The Recording Angel - Evan Eisenberg

Foucault Live - Michel Foucault

Sound Effects - Simon Frith

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

Reckless - Chrissie Hynde

Spurious - Lars Iyer

Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson

Free Jazz - Ekkehard Jost

10:04 - Ben Lerner

A Power Stronger than Itself - George Lewis

Mystery Train - Greil Marcus

Post-Natal Trash - Richard Meltzer

Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure

Boredom - Alberto Moreva

Senselessness - Horacio Castellanos Moya

Djbot Baghostus's Run - Nathanial Mackey

Destruction Was My Beatrice: Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth-Century - Jed Rasula

XIVLINERS - Tom Raworth

Shock and Awe - Simon Reynolds

All American Music - John Rockwell

In Persuasion Nation - George Saunders

The Revenge of Analog - David Sax

Music and Memory - Robert Snyder

Four Lives in the Bebop Business - A. B. Spellman

Space is the Place - John Szwed

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White - Michael Tisserand

Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom - David Toop

Wait Till You See Me Dance - Deb Olin Unferth

Light While There is Light - Keith Waldrop

Berlin Stories - Robert Walser

Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity - Alexander G. Weheliye

From Tinfoil to Stereo - Walter L. Welch and Leah Brodbeck Stenzel Burt

New Dutch Swing - Kevin Whitehead

Drop Edge of Yonder - Rudolph Wurlitzer 

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism - Paul Youngquist