|BOYD RICE: A BIOGRAPHY Brian M. Clark
A biography of the innovative noise musician and controversial counter-cultural provocateur, Boyd Rice. Originally published as the introduction to the “collected works” anthology Standing In Two Circles, this edition contains numerous photographs, a complete discography and bibliography, and additional material not included in Standing In Two Circles.
Boyd Rice is one of the most provocative and controversial underground figures of the post-punk era. First coming to prominence as an avant-garde audio experimentalist (recording under the moniker NON), Rice was a seminal founder of the first wave of industrial music in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, through collaborations with Re/Search Publications, Rice further established his position in the underground with recountings of his uproarious pranks and the promotion of ‘incredibly strange’ cult films and ‘industrial’ culture. Rice’s influence on subculture was further exerted through his vanguard exhibition of found photographs and readymade thrift store art, as well as his adamant endorsements of outsider music, tiki culture and bygone pop culture in general. Rice is also notorious for his public associations with nefarious figures both infamous and obscure, including friendships and ideological collusions with the likes of cult leader Charles Manson and Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, among others. His work continues to profoundly affect the countercultural underground at large, inspiring and enraging in equal measure.