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    Charlemagne Palestine – Sacred Bordello

    August 26th, 2009

    Charlemagne Palestine – Sacred Bordello

    Sacred Bordello is one of my all-time favorite books about one of my all-time favorite artists. In an explosion of color and stark black and white, it chronicles the whole life and insanely multi-hued career of Charlemagne Palestine, who has been pushing the Milky Way-wide padded envelope of minimal music and maximal art since the middle of the 20th century. Starting out in New York City in the late 1950s as a student of accordion and piano, Charlemagne scored some early experience as a drummer for beat poets and Tiny Tim. In the ’60s, he studied piano, painting and sculpture, improvised some electronic drones, played the carillon at a church and composed music for the Tony Conrad film Coming Attractions.

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