Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Liverpool is a place of myths - both as generated by its inventive inhabitants and as envisaged from afar. As infamous Liverpudlian raconteur George Melly points out, the city is ‘aware of its own myth and eager to project it.' Centre of the Creative Universe presents Liverpool as a world city with an undying capacity to inspire imaginations - from Sefton Park to San Francisco. Lavishly illustrated, this book traces the representation of the city in art, photography, film, music, literature and poetry and presents an insightful and revealing account of art and bohemian life in Liverpool since 1945. The city emerges as an unlikely centre of avant-garde activity attracting internationally-renowned artists as diverse as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bernd and Hilla Becher, the Boyle Family, Yoko Ono, Candida H_fer, John Latham, Tom Wood, Martin Parr, Rineke Dijkstra and Alec Soth.

Table of Contents

The Crater of the Volcano: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde
Liverpool Surreal
In Camera: Stories from the City
The Archive City: Reading Liverpool's Urban Landscape Through Film
Raising the Consciousness? Re-visiting Allen Ginsberg's Liverpool Trip in 1965
Liverpool's Left Bank
Facts and Fictions: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde in the late-1960s and 70s
Filmaktion: New Directions in Film-Art
A Shallow Madness: Memories of
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Art in Liverpool 1988-1999
Packaging Culture, Regulating Cultures: The Re-branded City
Liverpool Will Never Let You Down Bill Drummond; Mapping Art onto the City Timeline
Editors and Contributors
Photography Credits
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