An illustration of El Medico Asesino, scanned from Box y Lucha magazine, issued No. 2821, June 2007.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
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Forgive the sporadic posts. I’ve been busy installing this exhibition in Philadelphia with the group I’m part of, Temporary Services. So in the meantime, please enjoy this close up photo that I took last month of Morbid Tales by Celtic Frost on my turntable.
Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the day that Malachi Ritscher publicly took his own life in protest of the Iraq War. Ritscher was a Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, hot-pepper-sauce maker, and supporter of experimental and improvised music. I visited his grave this morning at Calvary Cemetery and brought him four Habanero peppers. I hope he would have liked them. They looked right for the Fall colors.
Malachi Ritscher will be the subject of a large project by my Public Collectors initiative next year. It has been an honor to spend time talking to his friends and family and thinking about his life and actions. More details on the project to follow later. Today is for remembering.
Today is my birthday, so I’m just going to enjoy a little cake photo I found at Swap-O-Rama a while back - part of someone’s collection of personal items that were dumped in a cardboard box. From 1973, a few years after I was born.
A detail from the cover of the album Mom’s the Word (Century Records, 1973, Villa Park, IL). This is a high school band record with kids from the Glenbard West Jazz Ensemble and a recording from their Mother’s Day concert on May 13, 1973. And yes, they did perform the theme from Shaft and it’s excellent (how could it not be?).
The typographic treatment of the lyrics for the album Things I Hate to Admit by Victim’s Family (1988, Mordam Records) is unusually obsessive and dense in a way that is well suited to their precise and complicated music. Here are the lyrics to “World War IX.”
The typographic treatment of the lyrics for the album Things I Hate to Admit by Victims Family (1988, Mordam Records) is unusually obsessive and dense in a way that is well suited to their precise and complicated music. Here are the lyrics to “Mondo Freudo.”