David Grubbs - "Good night the pleasure was ours"

Friday, September 22, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
David Grubbs

David Grubbs discusses Good Night The Pleasure Was Ours. The reading will be followed by a short live performance.

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op


About the book: With Good Night The Pleasure Was Ours, David Grubbs melts down and recasts three decades of playing music on tour into a book-length poem, bringing to a close the trilogy that includes Now That the Audience is Assembled and The Voice in the Headphones. In Good Night The Pleasure Was Ours, the world outside the tour filters in with eccentric sparseness. From teenage punk bands to ensembles without fixed membership, and from solo performance to a group augmented by digital avatars, Grubbs presents touring as a series of daily dislocations that provides an education distinctly its own. These musicians’ job is to play that evening’s gig—whether to enthusiastic, hostile, or apathetic audiences—and then to do it again the next day. And yet, over the course of the book’s multidecade arc, Grubbs depicts music making as an irreversible process—one reason for loving it so.

About the author: David Grubbs is Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.  He is the author of Good Night The Pleasure Was Ours, The Voice in the Headphones, Now That the Audience is Assembled,and Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (all published by Duke University Press) as well as the collaborative artists’ books Simultaneous Soloists (with Anthony McCall, Pioneer Works Press) and Projectile (with Reto Geiser and John Sparagana, Drag City).  Records Ruin the Landscape has appeared in French, Italian, and Japanese translations.

Grubbs has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 200 releases.  In 2000, his The Spectrum Between (Drag City) was named “Album of the Year” in the London Sunday Times.  He is known for his ongoing cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe and visual artists Anthony McCall and Angela Bulloch, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.  Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and has performed with Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Will Oldham, Loren Connors, the Red Krayola, and many others.  He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a member of the advisory board of the journal Sound American, a member of the board of directors of Blank Forms, and director of the Blue Chopsticks record label. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-Op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615