Hungry for Death: Destroy All Monsters w/CD
“Hungry for Death: Destroy All Monsters” is a catalog published by Boston University on the occasion of the Hungry for Death /Destroy All Monsters exhibition held at the Boston University Art Gallery November 15-December 22nd, 2011. The emphasis and focus of the catalog is on the music produced by DAM. Essays contributed by Byron Coley, music critic, poet and biographer; and Branden Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. With an illustrative discography written by Loren, edition of 1000 copies released at Boston University on occasion of the exhibition Hungry For Death, a Destroy All Monsters restrospective of art and music. CD is bound into the book with a selection of demos and outtakes from the studio and live shows from all eras and phases of the band.
An introductory essay by Byron Coley describes his history with the band and his role in bringing out the release of the boxed set “Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976” with Thurston Moore in 1994. Brandon W. Joseph’s essay “The Hippie Apocalypse” places the music of DAM within the context of the politics and excesses of their time. An illustrated discography was compiled by Cary Loren within a timeline of personal notes. Images from flyers, posters, journals, banners and photographs bookend the written texts in the middle of the book.
Bound inside the back of the catalog is a 32 track, 74 minute CD of previously unreleased DAM music titled “Get Out of My Bedroom! -a mix tape”, the CD includes demos, practice tapes and live performances from all time periods of the band from 1974-2007, including a few solo works and early demos. Musicians playing on the CD include: Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Cary Loren, Niagara, Ben Miller, Laurence Miller, Ron Asheton, Michael Davis, Rob King, and Roger Miller. The book is 76 pages, 6×9”, illustrated in full color, 1000 copies were published by Boston University, the CD was produced by The End is Here.
the music was everything anyone could have ever hoped for. It mixed all kinds of crazy elements – Sun Ra’ Arkestral space blast, Futura-style free rock (ala Mahogany Brain, Fille Qui Mousse, et al), avant garde improv in the style of AMM and MEV, plus an acknowledgement of the roots of the Detroit underground rock scene, specifically the conceptual-art era of the Psychedelic Stooges in their pre-first-LP format. It was a goddamn riot of chaotic sounds and shards – just amazing. And the visuals fit the bill, also. – Byron Coley from the intro.
“Hungry for Death gives us a glimpse of Detroit’s psychotic mood at the end of the sixties, a mood we can see was influenced by (amongst others) Betty Page, John Sinclair, MC5, Famous Monsters of Film Land, Mexican pop Catholicism, black power incitements, Sun Ra, Vincent Prince movies, trips to Ann Arbor, ‘sploitation of blax of women of soul, kitch percussion, fake blood and the Charlie Manson edition of Life magazine. ” -Review by Freddy Syborn