Christian Marclay: Guitar drag

Clear vinyl
One-sided 14 min
Soundtrack from the video Guitar Drag, 2000. Recorded in San Antonio Texas, on 18th November 1999.

Mastered by by Flo Kaufmann
Cover design by Ellinor Gylling with stills from the video
Edition 1500 copies
Released April 2006

The record is the sound track for Marclay’s video with the same title that was shown first at London’s Hayward Gallery sound art exhibition “Sonic Boom” in 2000.

The full 14 minutes sound track is released on a beautiful 12’’ clear vinyl record packaged in a sleeve with stills from the video.

“Guitar Drag has many different layers of references, it alludes to the ritual of smashing guitars in rock concerts, it recalls Fluxus and its many destruction of instruments. It is also like a road movie, with reference to the landscape of Texas where it was filmed, with references to cowboys and rodeos. It is about violence in general and more specifically about the lynching of James Byrd Jr. who was dragged to his death behind a pickup-truck. I want the video to have these multiple layers and trigger people’s imagination in contradictory ways. The piece ends up being seductive and repulsive at the same time.”
– Christian Marclay, 2001

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