Selected Reading by Ken Vandermark

November 7th, 2016

Ken Vandermark at Seminary Co-op, Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990’s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Hessels, Mats Gustafsson, Elisabeth Harnik, Steve Heather, Didi Kern, Kent Kessler, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Lytton, Lasse Marhaug, Joe McPhee, Andy Moor, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Paal Nilssen-Love, Eddie Prevost, Eric Revis, Jasper Stadhouders, Chad Taylor, John Tilbury, Nasheet Waits, and Nate Wooley). Learn more at

Susan Sontag On Photography, (Penguin Modern Classics: 2008), by Susan Sontag, non-fiction essays.

Correction, (Vintage: 2003), written by Thomas Bernhard, fiction.

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, (First Vintage: 2006), written by Charles C. Mann, non-fiction.

Lust, (Serpent’s Tail: 1992), written by Elfriede Jelinek, fiction.

Notes Toward A Conditional Art, (Getty Publications: 2001), essays and interviews by Robert Irwin, non-fiction.

The Anarchy of the Imagination: Interviews, Essays, Notes- Rainer Werner Fassbinder, (The Johns Hopkins University Press: 1992), edited by Michael Tötenberg and Leo A. Lensing, non-fiction.

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, (Penguin Classics: 2006), by Hannah Arendt, non-fiction.

The Recognitions, (Dalkey Archive Press: 2013), by William Gaddis, fiction.

Jean-Luc Godard: Cinema Historian, (Indiana University Press: 2013), by Michael Witt, non-fiction.

The Society of the Spectacle, (Zone Books: 1995), by Guy Debord, non-fiction.

The Voice Imitator, (The University of Chicago Press: 1997), Thomas Bernhard, fiction.


“Classics” I return to:

Silence, (Wesleyan University: 1973), by John Cage, non-fiction.

My Prizes, (Knopf: 2010), by Thomas Bernhard, essays.

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