The Fix is in! The Strike editors bring you another weekly roundup of interesting little tid- bits from the world wide web: an extensive history resource site, an little known, odd artist/poet/madman from Illinois, an early Peruvian punk band and some unsettling sculptural work by a South Korean artist. Enjoy!
Beatriz: This site has an incredible load of papers, books and other stuff available for free. If only I had found this site sooner.
Mike: I came across this story in Red Wedge Magazine and it just too crazy to ignore. Was Calvin Williams insane? A Satanist? or what? You be the judge.
The poems in this anthology, though derived from earlier work by another author, are remarkably good….
“The following poems by Calvin Williams are the first in a series based on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915. Master’s poetic anthology consisted of epitaphs of the dead citizens of a small town in Central Illinois. His poems undermined idyllic notions of small town American life. Calvin Williams’ anthology takes the style and structure of Master’s Spoon River Anthology and applies them to a series of fictional characters in Southern Illinois in the wake of an unspecified disaster.”
‘Directly in front of Tucker’s exhibit, Adam Turl of Carbondale and Husni Ashiku of Polo had a table with a mound of dirt on it, little envelopes with quotations from The Church of the Morning Star and a willingness to talk about what they want to do, including a documentary on artist Calvin Williams from Solomon, who Turl described as a faith healer, painter and sculptor.
Turl and Ashiku met Williams recently at PK’s pub and learned of the artist’s personal philosophy that revolves around “everything is upside down” Turl said.
‘“He’s a character. We need access to him. He’s been standoffish,” Turl said about the desire to do a documentary about Williams.’
Who is Calvin Williams? Well, it’s complicated but this is what’s known:
“Calvin Williams was born in 1976 in Solomon, Il. to the Rev. Charles Montgomery Williams. Calvin’s mother died in childbirth. Rev. Williams was both a strict and corrupt man–according to Calvin. After the death of Calvin’s three sisters his relationship with his father turned bitter and acrimonious.
In a strange incident–again, according to Calvin, his father attempted to drown him in the Mississippi River. Calvin described this as a key element in his life. He survived, he claimed, by embracing the darkness of the waters. After this traumatic event, Calvin left home and went into the woods near Fountain Bluff, Illinois, a site he selected because of its association with Native American rock art. It was there that Calvin began to develop his own theology in opposition to the conservative Christianity of his father.
Allegedly Calvin acquired healing powers and those that he healed came to follow him as a messianic figure. Some years later his followers formed the “Church of the Morning Star.” The church was named for the star that appeared the morning and represented Lucifer’s fall from heaven after leading a rebellion against God.”
Raul: Los Saicos were a short-lived proto-punk band active in Peru between 1965-66 that only released six singles before they stopped making music. Though they experienced a surge in popularity within Peru at the time, it has only been in recent years that they have garnered a wider following as many music publications have come to dub them the forefathers of punk rock. Their stripped down, raw, surf and garage-rock influenced style, complete with harshly screamed lyrics dealing with themes of destruction, certainly put them in the realm of other proto-punk originators like the Stooges and MC5, as well as directly link them to modern bands carrying on the same tradition, like the Black Lips. Here, Noisey produced a short, 13-minute, documentary on the band chronicling their short-lived career and their new-found fame.
Elyveth: Choi Xoo Ang is an emerging mixed media artist based out of Seoul, South Korea who creates figurative sculptures out of clay and resin that examines human rights, society’s pathological state, and sex and gender politics among other themes.