Fallout from Paris – London Vol. I Readings

Posted in News with tags , , , , on June 8, 2012 by MONDO MEMPHIS

Many thanks to everyone who attended the book readings in Paris and London of MONDO MEMPHIS Vol. I: Ghosts Behind the Sun given by Tav Falco. Here is a review with a video of the Paris presentation and photos from the events. Also check out an interview made after the London Rough Trade East reading by Sarah Corbett for Trebuchet Magazine: Tav Falco [Interview].

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Tav Falco read selections from Ghosts Behind the Sun and presented several of his photographs in the Salle Walter Benjamin in the Galerie Colbert of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. Photo by Nicole Brenez

Tav Falco Photo Presentation

Tav Falco presenting his photographs in the Salle Walter Benjamin, with Céline Laurens’ eloquent assistance. Photo by Gina Lee

Tav Falco Big Green Bookshop

Tav Falco reads from MONDO MEMPHIS: Ghosts Behind the Sun at the Big Green Bookshop in North London. Photo by Gina Lee.

Tav Falco Rough Trade East Reading

Tav Falco reads at Rough Trade East in London. Photo by 1st 3 Photography.

Tav Falco at Rough Trade East in London

Tav autographed copies of his book + Panther Burns’ CDs afterwards: a happy ending! Photo by Gina Lee

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Book Readings in Paris and London

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by MONDO MEMPHIS

Tav Falco Galerie Colbert

Tav Falco reads from MONDO MEMPHIS:
Ghosts Behind the Sun — Splendor, Enigma & Death

in Paris and London

An original history of the gothic South and an intertext of the urban legends, rural fables and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors. MONDO MEMPHIS is a major work on American history and culture.

Paris

May 24, 2012 – 4:00 pm

 Galerie Colbert – Salle Walter Benjamin
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
2 rue Vivienne  75002

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London

May 30, 2012 – 3:00 pm

Rough Trade East
‘Dray Walk’ Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane  E1 6QL

and

May 30, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Big Green Bookshop
1 Brampton Park Road  N22 6BG

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MONDO Book Reading

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2011 by MONDO MEMPHIS

Tav Falco reads from MONDO MEMPHIS: Ghosts Behind the Sun — Splendor, Enigma Death at the historic Burke’s Bookstore in Memphis, December 1st.

CITY LIGHTS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 9, 2011 by MONDO MEMPHIS

POD CAST From CITY LIGHTS READING With TAV FALCO, ERIK MORSE, and JELLO BIAFA

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US TOUR 2011

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by MONDO MEMPHIS

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MONDO MEMPHIS US TOUR 2011

MONDO MEMPHIS is a dual, 450-page encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, written by legendary performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse and published by Creation Books. MONDO MEMPHIS is both an original history of the gothic South and an intertext of the urban legends, rural fables and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors.

Falco and Morse will talk on the topics of ‘Fantasy, Urbanity and Topography’, in which they discuss “writing” the space of the city/suburb (both in its Northern and Sun Belt incarnations) as a source of imagination, sensuality, horror and architectonics.

BOOK READING SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER

9th:  City Lights Bookstore – 6:00 pm – www.citylights.com
with Tav Falco and Erik Morse
The esteemed V. Vale will join the discussion along with the illustrious Jello Biafra.
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10th: Stories Bookstore – 7:30 pm – www.storiesla.com
with Tav Falco, Erik Morse and writer Geoff Nicholson
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11th: End of an Ear Bookstore – 4:00 pm – http://endofanear.com
with Tav Falco and Erik Morse
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13th: Euclid Records – 4:00 pm – www.euclidnola.com
with Tav Falco
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16th: Powerhouse Arena – 6:30 – www.powerhousearena.com
with Tav Falco, Erik Morse and poet Kenneth Goldsmith

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DECEMBER

1st:  Burke’s Book Store – 4:30 pm – www.burkesbooks.com
with Tav Falco
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Volumes 1 and 2 in Paperback Pre-order

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2011 by MONDO MEMPHIS

MONDO MEMPHIS Volumes 1 and 2 are now both available for paperback pre-order from amazon.com.

GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN: Splendor, Enigma & Death
by Tav Falco
**click here to order**
release date of November 1, 2011

BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND: A Roman Noir of the Deep South
by Erik Morse
**click here to order**
release date of April 30, 2012

“These books put the ‘psycho’ back in ‘psychogeography,’ and history seldom gets this personal.”
– Luc Sante, author of Low Life (1991), Evidence (1992), and The Factory of Facts (1998)

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Tav Falco’s sprawling study of Memphis begins with the Civil War massacre at Fort Pillow, the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 and the grisly murders of the Harp Brothers. Falco traces these legends of Reconstruction-era Memphis to an equally brutal twentieth century underworld – Beale Street kingpin Jim Canaan, Edward Crump’s political machine, the Dixie Mafia, and others. Also included are revelatory dialogues concerning the city’s many music legends, from rockabilly icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Feathers to more underground figures such as Jim Dickinson and country blues wailer Jessie Mae Hemphill. Interwoven with these accounts is an autobiographical history of Falco’s own time in Memphis, including his involvement with performance art ensemble Insect Trust, working with pop/rock maverick Alex Chilton, and the formation of his seminal rock and roll band, Panther Burns. With over 80 illuminating photographs, mostly previously unseen originals by Falco, and many printed in duotone or colour. 300 pages, illustrated throughout.

Erik Morse’s vertiginous novella follows West Coast graduate student Everly Loennrot as he lands at the city’s luxurious Peabody Hotel for a mysterious research assignment. Guided by the invisible hand of Dr. Red McGill, professor of Southern history, Loennrot wanders through a postmodern Memphis of plasticine landmarks and leopard-skin tourist traps. There he encounters a troop of eccentric characters – an Elvis conspiracist, a rock musician cum alchemist and a rockabilly femme fatale who may be a prostitute, hired gun or ghost. When a midnight rendezvous at a highway motel turns deadly, Everly enters a vortex of double crosses, double meanings and murder, all of which point to a centuries’ old secret society known only as the Memphi. Struggling to decipher the rebus slowly enveloping him, Everly is faced with a terrifying question – is the Memphi a blood-thirsty criminal syndicate, or simply an elaborate hoax? With 9 chapter illustrations, and a full-colour cover shot by well-known Memphis photographer William Eggleston. BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND is Volume Two of MONDO MEMPHIS, a dual encyclopedic history of Memphis written by Erik Morse and musician Tav Falco, of Panther Burns.

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER SOLD OUT!

Mondo Memphis Pre-Order

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by MONDO MEMPHIS

UPDATE: The limited edition of MONDO MEMPHIS is sold out.

Visit CREATION BOOKS for more information.

MONDO MEMPHIS – Vol 1: GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN: Splendor, Enigma and Death by Tav Falco and Vol 2: BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND: A Roman Noir by Erik Morse – limited edition hardcover including a signed and numbered photograph is now available for pre-order from Creation Books.

Pre-order now


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