NYC Screening - ICONOCLAST: Boyd Rice

Anthology Film Archives will be featuring screenings of Larry Wessel's four hour documentary on cult figure/artist/musician, Boyd Rice, ICONOCLAST: Boyd Rice. Screenings at the East Village institution are August 20-21 at 7:00PM each night, and tickets are available here.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Mr. Rice's oeuvre, allow us to give you some background: Boyd Rice first came to prominence in the 1970s as one of the founders of the genre known as Industrial Music. Since then, Rice has enjoyed a career spanning four decades, encompassing the worlds of pop culture, music, art, and film. He has been dubbed ‘The Godfather of Noise Music’, authored several books, exhibited his art in a number of one-man gallery shows, and even lectured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite having been a high-school dropout. Bands and artists Rice has been connected to include NON, Z'Ev, Death In June, Frank Tovey, and quite a few others.

"My life, says Boyd Rice, "is a testament to the idea that you can achieve whatever the hell you want if you possess a modicum of creativity, and a certain amount of naiveté concerning what is and isn't possible in this world. I've had one-man shows of my paintings in New York, but I'm not a painter. I've authored several books, but I'm not a writer. I've made a living as a recording artist for the last 30 years, but I can't read a note of music or play any instrument. I've somehow managed to make a career out of doing a great number of things I'm in no way qualified to do."

Told through the words of the provocative raconteur himself, ICONOCLAST is a roller coaster ride through the fevered mindscape of one of the most controversial artists of the modern age. From Charles Manson to Marilyn Manson, tiki bars to industrial noise, this kaleidoscopic magnum opus features dozens and dozens of interview subjects, including filmmaker Allison Anders, televangelist Bob Larson, satanist Blanche Barton, and disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer.

Currently finishing his forthcoming NON album set for release on Mute in 2012, Boyd recently performed in the UK at the Roundhouse for Mute’s Short Circuit festival.

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Originally published at the Vinyl District.