GUERRILLA RADIO. John GIORNO.

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GUERRILLA RADIO.

Original manuscript. Nd. (1970). Three typed sheets on Giorno Poetry Systems printed stationery. Stapled at top left corner. Approx. 750 words, with one holograph correction in black ink by the author.


The text constitutes Giorno's manifesto for the establishment of guerrilla radio stations, intended to inspire others to follow his 'Radio Free Poetry' project at St. Mark's Church in New York City: "Start a guerrilla radio station and organize your people by starting an alternate communications media".


His idea was to circumvent Federal Communications Commission regulations in order to broadcast alternative political points of view as well as literature that was not easily embraced by mainstream media. Giorno's statement in the final paragraph - "Guerrilla Radio is a liberated media [and] will be a web or grid of small radio stations linking everyone across the country and having no center. The airwaves belong to the people" - prefigures the techno-utopian view of the internet and new media as presenting opportunities for cultural production and political activism.


The text was printed in a revised and abbreviated form (633 words) in "Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning For Art", a publication issued to accompany the exhibition held first at the Jewish Museum and later at the Smithsonian between September 1970 and February 1971 (transistor radios were available for renting by visitors to the shows which broadcast the voices of Antonin Artaud, John Cage, Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Jerry Rubin, John Sinclair, and Andy Warhol, among others). No record of its publication elsewhere can be found.


Paper slightly age-toned along edges; faint paper clip marks to upper left corner.

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