Nam June Paik - My Jubilee Ist Unverhemmet
  Year :   1977
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Album
  Info :   Edition Lebeer-Hossmann

  Work Details  
  ...In 2 weeks I will be 45. It is time for Archeology of Avantgarde. I lived in Korea in the 40's, where only available informations were from Japanese books printed before world War II. Therefore it was great luck that I heard the name of Arnold Schoenberg in 1947 or so. He immediately interested me, because he was written as a devil or the most extreme avantgarde. However there were no record or scores of Schoenberg available in Korea in 1947, except for a pirate edition of his op 33 a piano piece. It took 2 or 3 years of desperate struggle to find only available record, which was released in the pre-war Japan, Verklarte Nacht. I will not forget forever the exitement of holding this fragile 78 RPM record in my hand like a jewel from Egyptian tomb. And I cannot forget the disappointment of this record, which was purely a Wagnerian Quatsch. Korean war came soon after. 25 years after this experience I found the same record of Schoenberg in a flea market in New York. I played this record 4 times slower (on 16 RPM) in a Merce Cunningham dance event. Merce smiled and said: "You improved Schoenberg". Hamburg 2/7/1977 Nam June Paik (liner notes). B-side has grey/black art by Nam June Paik. Hand numbered and signed by the artist on the record label. Edition of 100 copies. Accessed 12.08.2009 from