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The long-awaited first biography of one of the 20th-century's greatest revolutionariesGuy Debord is the first comprehensive biography of one of the finest, but most overlooked, writers in the French language. Beginning with his participation in the student riots and occupation of the Sorbonne in May 1968, Debord's art and activism reflected the tumultuous events of contempThe long-awaited first biography of one of the 20th-century's greatest revolutionariesGuy Debord is the first comprehensive biography of one of the finest, but most overlooked, writers in the French language. Beginning with his participation in the student riots and occupation of the Sorbonne in May 1968, Debord's art and activism reflected the tumultuous events of contemporary French history. Whether his medium was poetry, film, or journalism, Debord forever challenged convention and custom alike. And when his philosophy of Situationism was later adopted by Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, Debord's ideas reached his widest following ever.Drawing on extensive documentation, previously untranslated correspondence, interviews, tracts, and book excerpts, Guy Debord provides the reader with an abundance of material on a rare historical figure who refused all interviews and "wrote much less than most people who write but drank much more than most people who drink".Discussed by Greil Marcus in the popular Lipstick Traces, Debord's life and art have never been more fully explored in his historical and political context than in this book. Debord's radical classic Society of the Spectacle inspired a generation of revolt and rightfully earned him notoriety as one of the most profound and forceful revolutionaries of modern times....

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ISBN : 9780922915446
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 267 Pages
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Guy Debord: Revolutionary Reviews

  • xDEAD ENDx
    2018-12-15 20:44

    Though the writing in this book is somewhat iffy (it jumps around a bit and can sometimes be dry), it cleared up a number of gaps in my knowledge of Debord and his influences. Obviously Marx, Hegel, etc. are there, but also figures like Lukacs, Bataille, etc. It's nice to see them explicitly mentioned as having influenced Debord. I was also glad to see Debord's films receive a good amount of mention. I've only watched a few online (alas, they just don't play in America anymore) and would love to see them in a theatre setting; this book positions them as just an integral part of Debord's theory/oeuvre/life as his writings.The directions to Kriegspiel are also in the appendix for those with a knack for board games. I seem to recall someone selling the actual game a few years back, but otherwise it might have to be a DIY creation for any interested parties.

  • Tosh
    2018-11-16 00:49

    A decent survey of Guy Debord's writings and films - but as someone else has mentioned it is not meant to be the sole reading of this fascinating figure. It's best to read Debord's work than have a critical study on him. I was hoping when this book came out that it would be a straight-ahead biography on the man. But it wasn't. Nevertheless one cannot have enough books on this important figure in post-war Europe.

  • Chris
    2018-11-20 16:33

    Guy Debord accomplished a lot: as a writer, as a film-maker, as a philosopher. He fought the good fight for what he believed in, and for a long time, there were many people that followed along. It seems they tried to create a viable alternative, and for a time they seemed to have succeeded. He chose his own exit in the end.

  • Gabriel Thy
    2018-11-21 17:53

    A beginner's introduction to the life of French Neo-Marxist writer and provocateur Guy Debord. There's nothing truly originally in this book, but it was the first Debord biography written from America.