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Black Mask & up against the Wall Motherfucker: The Incomplete Works of Ron Hahne, Ben Morea, and the Black Mask Groupby Ron Hahne
Synopses & Reviews
Chronicling the history of two New York City provocateur groups—Black Mask and Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker—this account complies the complete 10 issues of the newspaper Black Mask; numerous leaflets, articles, and flyers generated by Black Mask; the Up Against the Wall Motherfucker Magazine; and Free Press and Rolling Stone reports on Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker. Founded in the mid-1960s, the Black Mask group melded the ideas and inspiration of Dada with the anarchism of the Spanish Revolution, and this volume demonstrates how they heavily influenced the art, politics, and culture of the decade as they briefly shut down the Museum of Modern Art, protested Wall Street, battled at Students for a Democratic Society conferences, and defended the shooting of Andy Warhol. This history then details how in 1968 Black Mask reorganized as Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker, which combined the confrontational theater and tactics of Black Mask with a much more aggressive approach in dealing with the police and authorities. A lengthy interview with founder Ben Morea provides context and color to this fascinating documentary legacy.
Founded in New York City in the mid-1960s by self-educated ghetto kid and painter Ben Morea, the Black Mask group melded the ideas and inspiration of Dada and the Surrealists with the anarchism of the Durruti Column from the Spanish Revolution. With a theory and practice that had much in common with their contemporaries the San Francisco Diggers, Dutch Provos, and the French Situationists-who famously excommunicated three of the four members of the British section of the Situationist International for associating too closely with Black Mask-the group intervened spectacularly in the art, politics, and culture of their times. From shutting down the Museum of Modern Art to protesting Wall Street's bankrolling of war, from battling with Maoists at SDS conferences to defending the Valerie Solanas shooting of Andy Warhol, Black Mask successfully straddled the counterculture and politics of the '60s, and remained the Joker in the pack of both sides of "the Movement."
About the Author
Ron Hahne and Ben Morea are the principal founders of the Black Mask Group and producers of the 10 issues of Black Mask. They both live in New York City.
Table of Contents
Section 1. Black Mask — Section 2. Black Mask leaflets — Section 3. UAW/MF Free Press report — Section 4. UAW/MF Magazine — Section 5. UAW/MF leaflets & articles — Section 6. UAW/MF Rolling Stone report — Section 7. Ben Morea interview.
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