1000 pictures and documents from the work and life of Charlemagne Palestine explode from the pages of the book, superimposed in "strumming" layers, weaving the historical & present, works & performance, private & public into a tightly knit sschmmettrroobookk (new expanded edition).
The first print run of this book was published in 2018 on the occasion of Palestine's solo exhibition at BOZAR, that showcased a few of his immersive and psychedelic installations involving hundreds of plush animals. This second edition is enriched with a text by Luca Lo Pinto
and celebrates the arrival of Palestine in Europa, with a show at Galleria L'Attico in Rome in June 1972, exactly 50 years ago.
Charlemagne Palestine (born Charles Martin ni 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s, intended by the composer to rub against audiences' expectations of what is beautiful and meaningful in music. A composer-performer, he always performed his own works as soloist. His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is best known for his intensely performed piano works. He also performs as a vocalist. Palestine's performance style is ritualistic; he generally surrounds himself (and his piano) with stuffed animals, smokes large numbers of kretek (Indonesian clove cigarettes) and drinks cognac.
See also Marie Canet: Palestine, first name Charlemagne – Meshugga Land