Movements that dig velocity. Movements that worship war. Movements that have been accused of being fascist. Sbrang Gabba Gang : Gabber Reconstruction of the Universe is the sound of two cultural movements violently crashing into each other at breakneck speed. What happens when the Italian futurist avant-garde clashes with gabber, a belligerent strain of hardcore techno and the Netherland’s first proper youth culture?
Sbrang Gabba Gang : Gabber Reconstruction of the Universe will introduce you to the strange custom of forming human pyramids at gabber raves, futurist after-shave cocktails and Pietro Cannata, the man who took a hammer to the toes of Michelangelo’s David.
In Sbrang Gabba Gang, Riccardo Balli, author of Frankenstein 8-bit explores the parallels of gabber and futurist ideas by way of personal accounts, literary mash-ups of Futurist manifestos and a storyline that follows the vandalistic shenanigans of a posse of gabber-futurists consisting of Dominator Marinetti, Luigi “Holy Noise” Russolo, Luciano “Thunderdome” Folgore and Giacomo Balla/Balli. These ideas further come to life in a series of anaglyphic images to be explored with special magenta-green 3D glasses attached to each volume.
100 40 copies available at Chili Com Carne / Portugal
ORDER HERE also possible to buy at Kingpin Books, Linha de Sombra, Matéria Prima, Neat Records, Snob, Tigre de Papel, Tinta nos Nervos, Senhora Presidenta, Glam-O-Rama, ZDB and Flur.
@ USA you can buy it @ QUIMBY'S (Chicago)
Released 17th September 2020 at I Never Read
160 pages with numerous illustrations and photographs
Comes with a pair of 3D glasses for your full enjoyment!
Cover by Nicolò Masiero Sgrinzatto, 3D images by Teresa Prati, design by Denny Donato Debellis, preface by Bianca Ludewig
and texts by Benedikt Achermann, Pablo Echaurren, Clemens Marschall (Rokko's Adventures), Matt Muscarella (The Melodyst) and Jan Hartungen.
Wire Magazine #443 review:
By an Italian but in English, written in a style that resembles the LOUD energy of a S.Wells sluiced through the unforgiving yet gleeful anti-humanism of a Biba Kopf, this monograph maps Italian Futurism onto gabba, and vice versa. So it's an intellectual entertainment - penned by one who knows viscerally whereof he speaks... who's sweated and stomped in the four-to-floor forge 'till the crack of dawn, and beyond... been battered by drop-hammer bassdrum and blasted by hoover-noise... soaked up the sensations and survived to make sense of the senselessness.
(...) enthusiasm is a word that would aptly describe that, also. It was almost like reading about the music scene surrounding bands I was in during the 1980's and 90's, in the sense that what one is doing becomes the centre of the universe, all-encompassing, massively important to those people involved... but, sadly, probably inconsequential to the rest of the population. I found the passages of historical notes towards the end of the book to be fascinating reading, too; it's obvious there was a lot of research done for the sake of accuracy. Another lovely publication!
pStan Batcow (by email)