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The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU

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Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. The New York-area noncommercial, free-form station features programming ranging from pure rock and roll to flat-out uncategorizable strangeness such as cooking instructions, off-kilter kids' music, and spoken-wordmash-ups. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guidebegun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programmingwas a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that quickly gained noteriety and earned its own devoted cult following. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues havebecome treasuredand valuablecollector's items.

The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU collects for the first time the magazine's best writing and artwork including work by some of the biggest superstars of the cultural underground, such as Harvey Pekar, Nick Tosches, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Kaz, Ken Freedman, Luc Sante, Johnny Marr, Amy Rigby, Mark Newgarden, Ron English, Daniel Johnston, Richard Sala, Tony Millionaire, Pat Moriarity, Wayno, and many more.

Review:

"The aesthetic of 91.1 WFMU, New York's legendary free-form radio station, is defiant eclecticism born of the cultural and musical ideals of the 1960s. This musical philosophy translates into a careening, relentlessly aggressive collection of cartoons, illustrations, essays, charts and various other media in LCD, a compilation of material from the meticulously arranged program guides the station released between 1986 and 1998. LCD stands for 'Lowest Common Denominator,' but one glance at the book's contents confirms the sarcasm that such a title suggests. In truth, the collection is a celebration of everything but popular appeal: an appreciation of old rock and roll songs translated into French resides comfortably with a series of cartoons documenting bizarre moments in history, such as the opening of the first Santa Claus school. Connoisseurs of the bizarre have a bountiful flea market of vaguely dated junk to explore, including a distinctly creepy interview with Gumby creator Art Clokey, an in-depth feature on obscure Hawaiian exotica records and enough wholly inexplicable and vulgar cartoons that one can imagine R. Crumb being a big fan. For those who delight in failed show-business tales, the sporadic contributions of Andy Breckman, a former SNL staff writer and Don Mclean tourmate, are laugh out loud highlights each time they appear." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide?begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programming?was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that has earned its own devoted cult followers. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured?and valuable?collector's items. Dave the Spazz has spent the past twenty years hosting a weekly radio show on WFMU, self-publishing, freelance writing, making artwork, singing in punk-rock bands, and holding down one crummy job after another.

About the Author

Dave the Spazz has spent the past twenty years hosting a weekly radio show on WFMU, self-publishing, freelance writing, making artwork, singing in punk-rock bands, and holding down one crummy job after another.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568987156
Subtitle:
The Art and Writing of WFMU-FM 91.1 FM
Author:
Dave The Spazz
Preface by:
Jarmusch, Jim
Preface:
Jarmusch, Jim
Introduction by:
Freedman, Ken
Introduction:
Freedman, Ken
Foreword:
Jarmusch, Jim
Editor:
Dave the Spazz
Author:
the Spazz, Dave
Author:
Jarmusch, Jim
Author:
Dave the Spazz
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Radio broadcasting
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
Disc jockeys
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Subject:
Popular Culture
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.96x7.62x.76 in. 1.24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Style and Design
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Pop Vocal
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock » Reference and Criticism

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The aesthetic of 91.1 WFMU, New York's legendary free-form radio station, is defiant eclecticism born of the cultural and musical ideals of the 1960s. This musical philosophy translates into a careening, relentlessly aggressive collection of cartoons, illustrations, essays, charts and various other media in LCD, a compilation of material from the meticulously arranged program guides the station released between 1986 and 1998. LCD stands for 'Lowest Common Denominator,' but one glance at the book's contents confirms the sarcasm that such a title suggests. In truth, the collection is a celebration of everything but popular appeal: an appreciation of old rock and roll songs translated into French resides comfortably with a series of cartoons documenting bizarre moments in history, such as the opening of the first Santa Claus school. Connoisseurs of the bizarre have a bountiful flea market of vaguely dated junk to explore, including a distinctly creepy interview with Gumby creator Art Clokey, an in-depth feature on obscure Hawaiian exotica records and enough wholly inexplicable and vulgar cartoons that one can imagine R. Crumb being a big fan. For those who delight in failed show-business tales, the sporadic contributions of Andy Breckman, a former SNL staff writer and Don Mclean tourmate, are laugh out loud highlights each time they appear." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide?begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programming?was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that has earned its own devoted cult followers. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured?and valuable?collector's items. Dave the Spazz has spent the past twenty years hosting a weekly radio show on WFMU, self-publishing, freelance writing, making artwork, singing in punk-rock bands, and holding down one crummy job after another.
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