Essays and Interviews

Avant-Garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and GG Allin


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’.

Read more about at Last Gasp (link below)

Out of Art


Cover image and feature article about Joe Coleman

Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away


A chapter on Joe Coleman.

The New York Grimpendium


Joe Coleman is featured in a chapter in this book.



Cover image and interview/article.

My Work and Me


Curator Susanne Pfeffer interviews Joe about his work.

The End Is Near!: Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium, and Utopia


texts by Roger Manley et al. Los Angeles, CA: Dilettante Press, 1998. Includes full-page contemporary profile portrait of Coleman in addition to four works in full color: Ticket to the Ghost Train (1992); Ecce Homo (1994); The Victory of Hell (1995); and Faith (1996).

[Note: limited edition (pressing of 500) book insert available: 9 x 9 in. card-stock print featuring Coleman’s Faith, announcing “special exhibition of works” (those included in The End Is Near!) in 1998 at Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore in Santa Monica.]

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