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By Andy Merrifield

Although recognized for his founding of the avant-garde Situationist foreign flow and his admired political and cultural activism, man Debord was once still an incredibly elusive and enigmatic determine, spending his final years in an remoted farmhouse in Champot, France. Andy Merrifield's Guy Debord pushes again the farmhouse shutters and opens a window onto Debord's existence, idea, and art.

Merrifield explores the dynamics of Debord's principles and works, together with the groundbreaking Howls for Sade and his 1967 vintage, The Society of the Spectacle. Debord understood lifestyles as paintings, Merrifield argues, and during that lens he chronicles Debord's stint as a innovative chief within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, his time in Spain and Italy through the Seventies and the reclusive years best as much as his demise in 1994.

Dada and Surrealism's legacy and punk rock's god, man Debord spun theories on democracy, humans, and political strength that also resonate this day, making Merrifield's concise but complete research a useful source on one of many most popular highbrow revolutionaries of the 20 th century.

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Thirteen Ibid. , p. 26. 14 Blaise Cendrars, To the top of the area (London, 2002), pp. 13,73. 15 the total Poems of François Villon (New York, 1960), p. 25. sixteen Ibid. , p. 173. 17 Pierre Mac Orlan, Petit manuel du parfait aventurier (Paris, 1998), p. 15. 18 man Debord, Panegyric, vol. I, trans. James Brook (London, 1991), p. forty six; Panégyrique, vol. I (Paris, 1993), p. 52–3. 19 Louis Chevalier, The Assassination of Paris (Chicago, 1994), p. 12. 20 Ibid. , p. 246. 21 Ibid. , p. eighty four. 22 ‘In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni’, pp. 226–7. 23 Chevalier, Assassination of Paris, p. 245. 24 man Debord présente Potlatch, 1954–1957 (Paris, 1996), p. 38. 25 Ibid. , pp. 37–9. 26 ‘Critique de los angeles séparation’, in Debord, Oeuvres cinématographiques complètes, p. forty five. 27 Ibid. , p. forty six. 28 Ibid. , pp. 55–6. 29 Ibid. , p. forty seven. 30 man Debord, ‘Perspectives de differences conscientes dans los angeles vie quotidienne’, stated in Internationale Situationniste (Paris, 1997), p. 219. 31 Karl Marx, ‘The financial and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844’, in Karl Marx: Early Writings (Harmondsworth, 1974). 32 See the putting to Debord’s letter to consistent (25 may possibly 1960) in man Debord, Correspondance, vol. I: Juin 1957–août 1960 (Paris, 1999), p. 336. 33 Constant’s early sketches of latest Babylon, courting among 1956 and 1974, were collated and awarded in Catherine de Zegher and Mark Wigley, The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to past (Cambridge, MA, 2001). 34 ‘Programme elementaire du Bureau d’Urbanisme Unitaire’, in Internationale Situationniste, p. 216. 35 ‘In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni’, in Oeuvres cinematographiques complètes, pp. 278–9. 36 Ibid. , p. 280. 37 Philippe Sollers, ‘L’étrange vie de man Debord’, in Eloge de l’infini (Paris, 2002), p. 574. 38 ‘In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni’, in Oeuvres cinematographiques complètes, p. 240. 39 Ibid. , p. 238. forty Ibid. , p. 247. forty-one Ibid. , p. 253. forty two Ibid. , p. 259. three It by no means acknowledged something severe 1 man Debord, l. a. Société du spectacle (Paris, 1992), p. 15. 2 Karl Marx, ‘The fiscal and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844’, in Karl Marx: Early Writings (Harmondsworth, 1974), p. 377. three man Debord, ‘Avertissement pour l. a. troisième édition française’, in l. a. Société du Spectacle, p. eleven. four Marx, monetary and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, P. 326. five man Debord, Panégyrique, vol. II (Paris, 1997). 6 man Debord, ‘Préface à los angeles quatrième édition italienne de los angeles Société du spectacle’, in Commentaires sur ‘La Société du spectacle’ (Paris, 1992), p. 131. 7 man Debord, Considérations sur l’assassinat de Gérard Lebovici (Paris, 1993), pp. 30–31. eight ‘Préface à los angeles quatrième édition italienne’, p. 129. nine This latter word Debord used to finish an essay known as ‘La Planète malade’ (1971), destined for the unfortunate 13th Internationale Situationniste sooner than its dissolution. In it, Debord tackles ‘spectacular pollution’, the place mass-commodity construction and alienated labour has created a ‘sick planet’. The hitherto unpublished textual content has lately been published, in los angeles Planète malade (Paris, 2004).

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