Artist : Tav Falco
Publisher : Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2018
C-60 cassette plus laser printed insert
Recorded by Harold Verra at HOK Gallery, The Hague, 15 September 2018
Design : André Koolmees
The cassette comes with a laser printed J-card and insert
Limited edition of 80
Postage & packing not included
Tav Falco is best known as the frontman of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, but his artistic output also covers photography, filmmaking, writing and acting. Falco’s talk on the latest CCC cassette was recorded on 15 September 2018 at René van der Voort’s Any Record in The Hague, where in another part of town a number of Falco’s photographs were being shown at HOK Gallery.
Gustavo Antonio (Tav) Falco was born in Philadelphia in 1945, grew up in Arkansas and started his career in Memphis in 1973. Falco held a variety of jobs for a number of years in that town while gaining a reputation as a performance artist and documentalist. His film on bluesman R.L. Burnside was done in 1974. Photographer William Eggleston was an important influence on Falco’s work, so was country musician Charlie Feathers. After having met guitarist Alex Chilton, who was impressed by one of Falco’s destructive performances, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns were formed in 1979. The ‘art damage’ rockabilly band has gone through a large number line-ups since then, all masterminded by Tav Falco. After having moved to New York in 1980 and having introduced the Panther Burns there, Falco has divided his time high energy between the US and Europe. Apart from touring and recording with his band, Falco has written books (including one on the history of Memphis music from the Civil War to the present day), directed films, acted in others, and documented people and places that have a special place in his artistic vision.
Tav Falco’s artistic vision is the main theme of the cassette’s informal talk with Alfred van der Helm of HOK Gallery. “To stir up the dark waters of the unconscious” is my motto, Falco explains, and tracing some of the historical lines of this vision he then touches upon Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Freud’s subconscious, and jazz. Falco stresses the influence that the energy and open-mindedness of the jazz of the 1940s and 1950s had on the Beats, which he describes not so much as a movement or a lifestyle but as a celebration of spirituality. A fireside chat with Orpheus from Memphis.