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Brendan Greaves at Rhizome DC

Location 7014-A Westmoreland Ave. Takoma Park, MD 20912 United States
Date Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Rhizome DC is pleased to welcome Brendan Greaves, author of Truckload of Art: The Life and Work of Terry Allen — An Authorized Biography, for a reading and conversation with local music journalist John Lingan. People's Book will be there with copies of the book for sale. Truckload of Art is the definitive, deep-dive, authorized, and first-ever biography of Terry Allen, the internationally acclaimed visual artist and iconoclastic musician whose work bridges the disparate worlds of contemporary art and country music. For nearly sixty years, Allen's inimitable art has explored the borderlands of memory, crossing boundaries between disciplines and audiences by conjuring indelible stories out of the howling West Texas wind. Tracing influences from his Lubbock, Texas childhood, spent amidst wrestling matches and concerts organized by his father, to his formative years in the explosive Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, author Brendan Greaves meticulously captures twenty years of both Allen's art and music careers. With humor and critical acumen, Greaves deftly recounts how Allen built a cult following with pioneering records like Lubbock (on everything) (1979) and multiyear, multimedia bodies of richly narrative, interconnected art and theatrical works, including JUAREZ (ongoing since 1968). Drawing on hundreds of revealing, exclusive interviews with Allen, his family members, and many of his notable friends, colleagues, and collaborators, Greaves offers a poetic, deeply personal portrait of arguably the most singularly multivalent storyteller of the American West. Brendan Greaves is the founder and owner of the record label Paradise of Bachelors and has collaborated on numerous projects with Terry Allen, including Pedal Steal + Four Corners, for which he earned a Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes. The event will be moderated by John Lingan, a writer who has contributed to publications like The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post. 

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