COUMING OF YOUTH.

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COUMING OF YOUTH.

Original poster announcing a performance by COUM at the Melkweg, Amsterdam, 27th-30th March (1975). Colour silkscreen, designed by Mick Flaum. 80x28cm. Three horizontal folds, o/w Fine.

The performance, a version of 'COUMing of Age', retitled as 'COUMing of Youth', was the first to involve Peter Christopherson and ran for four consecutive nights. It featured tapes of Charles Manson's LP, 'Lie' (an oblique reference to Manson's short-lived band, The Milky Way, or Melkweg), and an increased depiction of violence, especially self-mutilation, reflecting the influence of the Viennese Actionists (with whom COUM had exhibited at the 1973 Edinburgh Festival), and new recruit, Peter Christopherson - "As a consequence of my joining COUM they became more visceral in their interests" (quoted in Ford 5.9).

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