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Marc Masters

Rob Young

192 pages
220 b/w and colour ills
27.0 x 22.0 cm
10.5 x 8.5 in
ISBN13: 978 1 906155 02 5
No Wave on Largehearted Boy

No Wave author Marc Masters has contributed a Book Notes essay to the Largehearted Boy blog, in which Marc listed the ten most extreme No Wave tracks, 'a sampling of some of the farthest out musical journeys that No Wave has to offer'.

Read the full essay here.

More Praise for No Wave

No Wave has been reviewed in the latest issue of The Big Takeover. Here is a quote from the review:

"Alongside Simon Reynolds’ epitomic post-punk divulgence, Rip It Up And Start Again, is Masters’ No Wave, a perfectly crafted insight to the New York no wave scene... Providing many unseen photographs of Contortions, DNA, Mars, Teenage Jesus, Suicide, Glenn Branca and his Theoretical Girls, Y Pants, and Rhys Chatham, plus remarkably insightful testimonials from key players (Arto Lindsay, Lydia Lunch, James Chance), No Wave stands as a classic document of a highly influential yet inevitably terminal movement; a furtive and undeniably inspiring clutch of ideas into action, rendered at any cost, either life or death. The key is passion, and you don’t learn it—you just do it."
The Big Takeover

Another review of No Wave by the San Francisco Bay Guardian can be found here, and the book has also been mentioned in the New York Times, see here.

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No Wave

No Wave traces the history of this noisy and uncompromising genre, from its most famous names down to its many offshoots and sidetracks. From early pioneers like Suicide and Richard Hell, to forgotten treasures like Red Transistor and Bush Tetras, and descendents like ESG and Sonic Youth, No Wave charts all the cracks and crevices of a surprisingly diverse movement.

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Flashing through the New York underground in the late 1970s, No Wave was the ultimate anti-movement. Its bands consisted of artists and poets untrained in music, looking to explode rock and disappear before the smoke cleared. No Wave tells the fascinating story of this radical, anarchic and hugely influential musical movement.

Best known for short songs and even shorter life-spans, No Wave bands fused disparate styles to fashion abrasive, rhythmic songs that were completely original and utterly compelling. The primary perpetrators – Lydia Lunch’s howling Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance’s skeletal Contortions, the dark-noise groups Mars and DNA – all drew on primitivism, performance art, and the avant-garde.

The book also delves into No Wave cinema, where pioneers like Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, and Beth and Scott B. translated the aggression and innovation of No Wave music to the screen. Musicians often starred in these films, and figures like Jim Jarmsuch and Steve Buscemi first cut their teeth in this vibrant scene.

Illustrated with rare and previously unseen concert photos, record covers, and other ephemera of the times, and featuring exclusive interviews with key protagonists from the scene, No Wave is the definitive guide to a genre whose sounds and ideas still vibrate through alternative culture today.