Charlie Nothing: State of the Ding assembles photos, artworks, writings, and inventions by the legendary provocateur Charlie Nothing, with a focus on his dingulators — psychedelic string instruments welded from old American auto parts. The publication is 120 pages, printed on cardstock and board, and includes an original, never-before-heard 7” record, which Charlie pressed in 1979 but only shared privately. Too earthy for the beatniks, too vulgar for the hippies, and too sentimental for the punks, Charlie forged his own inscrutable brand of bohemianism across forty years in California, winding through circles of artists and outcasts, and ultimately forming his own renegade cosmos in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The dingulators were a weapon in his war on conformity, at once an instrument for spiritual reflection and an armament for social sabotage. Their extreme atonality seems to mock the very notion of a musical philosophy; but, explored in the context of his other creations — chapbooks, paintings, novels, fliers, manifestos, and apicultural equipment — they become a key to the mysterious cosmology of Nothing.
The book comes in a limited edition of 150 numbered copies. Printed by Tiny Splendor and yours truly.
— Zully Adler
Encino (CA): House Rules/Goaty Tapes, 2020.
First edition, limited to 150 copies Squarish 8vo (22.4 × 20.2 cm) Softcover 104 pp Texts in English Spiral bound. Risograph printed in various colours.
New. Item ID: 5059.