With Magnetic Fields Disrupted

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Rock Music

Ann Arbor, MI: Ann Arbor Publishing, 1972. First Edition.

In 1970, Gertrude Kurath, on an anthropology grant, was tasked with writing a book of the basic history and techniques associated with modern experimental rock music. Kurath, while being a leading scholar on both American Indian and modern American dance, was not well-versed in the form, and sought help from Roger Miller, a guitarist and composer who played in an Ann Arbor band called Sproton Layer. Miller gave Kurath a copy of the band's first (and ultimately, only) full length album, "With Magnetic Fields Disrupted." He would later move from Ann Arbor to New York and co-found the seminal post-punk band Mission of Burma.

"With Magnetic Fields Disrupted" explores modern rock techniques and sounds that were later subsequently categorized as no wave and proto-punk. The text accompanying Miller's score, drawings, and lyrics, by Kurath and Miller, is a technical treatise on the conceptual and sonic techniques used to make the album.

Saddle stitched card wrappers. Mimeograph reproduction, 91 leaves. Very Good or better overall, supple, with some offsetting to the wrappers and a small ink notation at the top right corner of the front wrapper (dated 1972).


[Book #141498]

Price: $850.00