Kew. Rhone. by Peter Blegvad
Kew. Rhone. by Peter Blegvad (Uniform Books / 2014)
An unusual and strangely beautiful book exploring further, themes and motifs to be found on avant garde musician (Slapp Happy, Faust, Henry Cow etc) Peter Blegvad's visionary and highly experimental album, Kew. Rhone.
First released in 1977, Kew. Rhone. is an work created by a mismatched assortment of musicians performing intricate jazz and pop-inflected songs with lyrics about unlikely subjects and unlikelier objects, lyrics which refer to diagrams or function as footnotes, or are based on anagrams and palindromes. Kew. Rhone. would never trouble the charts, it aspired to higher things, and yet, re-released in various formats over the decades, curiosity about this categorically elusive work has grown. Now its authors and some of its connoisseurs have broken silence to discuss the record and to reflect upon the times in which it and they themselves were forged.
Peter Blegvad, Kew. Rhone.’s lyricist and illustrator, excavates each song in turn, uncovering themes and sources. In the second part of the book, a consortium of writers and artists respond to the album in various ways, illuminating without dispelling the mystery of a work designed to resist interpretation even as it invites it.
Softcover in fine condition with clean, unmarked pages and no creasing to cover or spine.