David Grubbs in Chicago, New Book Reviewed

David Grubbs performing as part of EMP Pop Con...

Source: Bleader.

On Friday, Grubbs will publish his first book since then, a formally adventurous prose poem called Now That the Audience Is Assembled (Duke), which obliquely describes a fictional musical performance that incorporates text-based score, free improvisation, instrument building, and durational extremes—the point of view shifts without warning and seemingly arbitrarily from third person to the mind of the musician to members of the audience. I’ve only read the 140-page book once, and I know I missed many of its nuances, but its audacity and provocation nonetheless moved me.


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