This evening (31 Aug), the record store Rough Trade East will play host to a Q&A and performance celebrating the publication of Musics: a British Magazine of Improvised Music & Art 1975-1979.
Published by Ecstatic Peace Library - the publishing arm of former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore's record label - the book is a facsimile of the publication of the same name. Experimental musicians Steve Beresford and David Toop have penned the foreword and afterword. Beresford, Moore and Toop will lead the panel discussion and performance, and be available afterwards to sign the book.
During its five-year run, Musics covered sound art and field recordings, 20th century composition, improvisation, electronic performance and non-European music. In doing so it linked the academically-vaunted Stockhausen and Cage to more informal forms of music, while tracing the rise of multimedia and conceptual art.