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Literary Nonfiction. Music. 100 CASSETTES started life as 100 hand drawn/painted cassette covers for an installation at the dA Center for The Arts in Pomona, California. Six months after that installation, the book 100 CASSETTES started being written in earnest. The book's ninety nine chapters (two of the cassettes make up one chapter) delve into the possibility of each imagined release by a wealth of artists spanning over fifty years. Find early entries of abstraction on Ida Cox, Alice Cooper, Talk Talk, Earl Sweatshirt and Lord Invader to nonfiction-based entries on Tony Conrad, Korla Pandit, Jackie Moore and Black Sabbath. Featuring a foreword by Jonathan Lethem and an afterword by Allen Callaci, the book winds around autobiographical information, the rich culture of Southern California from 1969 to the present day, and all musical points in between.
Callaci conjures a mix of fiction and trivia and memoir and secret code, and when I say 'I wish I'd written it myself' I mean that I wish I thought I could have, or even knew exactly how it works.--Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
and Ninety Nine Percent of Nothing
This book could be your life.--Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo
This collection conjures up times and places that are achingly personal and bends them towards the universal.--Allen Callaci, author of Heart Like a Starfish
In 100 CASSETTES, music and whatever else there is to life try to drive through Dennis Callaci's brain, and continually get stuck in its fascinating detours and rest stops. Who knows which parts are fact and which are fiction, but it's definitely all true.--Marc Masters, Washington Post
, author of No Wave