Clemens Marschall’s book Avant-garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin is an account, through the 20th century and beyond, of a dangerous bastardisation of punk spirit and avant-garde theory. Three very unique characters trace a line through this history of precarious transgression in the fringes of popular culture: Iggy Pop, who was punk before punk; Joe Coleman, who distanced himself from the then-existing punk scene; and GG Allin, who died for what he thought was punk, thus putting the final nail in the coffin of the ‘avant-garde from below’.
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A chapter on Joe Coleman.
by Anthony Haden-Guest. New York: William Morrow, 1997. Descriptions of Coleman’s Performance Art in his “Dark Stars” chapter. (See Haden-Guest essay, in The Book of Joe, p. 23).
by Jack Sargeant. London and San Francisco: Creation Books, 1995. (Includes Coleman interview; seen in context as a “collaborator” in the subcultural movement centering on NYC underground film; see Film section, p. 213.)