By: Franklin Bruno
He invented the breakbeat, a key element of hip-hop.
The “Master of Records” remains enigmatic despite his renown.
One of his key ideas is “anomalous monism.”
His is an unwieldy and rarely screened oeuvre.
“The most famous unknown artist in New York.”
Works of art to be completed by the audience…
His sound was brawny, guttural, and tremendously expressive.
“We ought to go into rehab, but we’re too stoned to care.”
High modernist experiments executed at pulpsmith rates.
A practicalminded brand of utopian modernism…
A brilliant, principled actress typecast as a ditz or naïf.
“I use all my skills to make situations as chaotic as possible.”
Andre Bazin wrote “he directs facts” — but did he?
“I decided to face reality by writing lyrics.”
He preferred thieves and roués to bosses, bureaucrats, and burghers.