From minimalism and Ginsberg to proto-punk and the Modern Lovers to underground disco and David Byrne, Arthur Russell’s plethora of musical experiments – frequently caught between avant-garde and pop – have left quite a legacy. Like so many of our great innovators, Russell was relatively unknown during his lifetime. The Village Voice said of his death, “It seems as though he simply vanished into his music”. This Saturday, March 20th, sees a day celebrating Russell’s rich contribution to experimental music, and the launch of radio documentary Arthur Russell: Tapes of Thought by documentary maker John Connell. Featuring modern-day pioneers such as Kirin J Callinan, Daniel Stricker of the Midnight Juggernauts, Mark Bradshaw of Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Lovely Head, Luke Bacon and DJs Ron Radge and Strickmachine, the free day promises to be as packed with gems as Russell’s musical output itself.
Saturday Mar 20, 2–6pm, Cockatoo Island, free