5 December 2014
Rosenbergs revisited - Jon Rose's 'twisted trilogy' is now complete
After a decade-long creative pause in book publishing, Jon Rose has brought to completion his 'twisted trilogy of cultural critique' with the publication of the third and final volume in the series, rosenberg 3.0 : not violin music. The first two instalments, The Pink Violin: an anthology of writings about the music of the Rosenbergs and Violin Music in the Age of Shopping, both by Jon Rose & Rainer Linz, were published in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
It is perhaps a key to understanding this new collection of articles about art and culture, that rosenberg 3.0 : not violin music is announced as having been 'curated', as opposed to merely 'edited'. The reader is invited on an excursion in a museum of ideas and thought fragments (as well as real artefacts and treasures - the museum was housed in the town of Violin in Slovakia for several years), to wonder about the original owners or uses of some and to admire the durability and practicality of others, to walk straight past a row of display cabinets only to get stuck endlessly obsessing about a surprising display in the next room.
A separate part of the book is formed around definitions of music by Rose's colleagues, friends, acquaintances and fellow artists from all over the world - this material alone would provide a starting point for several academic studies. The long list of musicians who have contributed to rosenberg 3.0 include Erkki Veltheim, Anthony Pateras, Chris Abrahams, Eugene Ughetti, Cat Hope, Jim Denley, Lawrence English, Claire Edwardes, Michael Kieran Harvey, Douglas Kahn, Peter Tregear, Martin Wesley-Smith, Ross Bolleter, Colin Bright, Robin Fox, Gabriella Smart, Joel Stern, Warren Burt, Richard Toop, Michael Atherton, Damien Ricketson, Alister Spence, Sean Baxter, Ernie Althoff, Bree van Reyk, Ros Bandt, Brian Ritchie, Lloyd Swanton, Melody Eötvös, Julian Day, John Whiteoak, Peter Knight, Scott Tinkler, and others.
Also included are photographs from the 'Rosenberg Archive' and a CD of archival recordings of Johannes Rosenberg improvising on pipe organs.
> Read a pdf extract - Chapter 1 of
rosenberg 3.0 : not violin music, curated by Jon
> rosenberg 3.0: not violin music, curated by Jon Rose - book details (AMC Online)
> Purchase book via blurb.com
Rose - AMC profile
Jon Rose - homepage, including more information & resources about the Rosenbergs
- see also book info and late additions to the list of definitions of music in the 21st century; background about the Museum and its last major exhibition (www.jonroseweb.com)
Dr Johannes Rosenberg's Facebook page
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