Buddhist Bubblegum: Esotericism in the Creative Process of Arthur Russell
by Matt Marble
"Arthur Russell's notebooks often read as revealed texts. Equally obscure, obtuse, hilarious, and profound, Arthur was prepping for a future when his music and ideas would be accepted and embraced. In 1987, Arthur said to Paper Magazine, 'When you're playing music, ideas don't help much at all.' Process for Arthur was his mantra and in Buddhist Bubblegum, Matt Marble unwraps and reveals the secrets of Arthur's work. Until now, little has been known of Arthur's matrix and methods outside of a small group of collaborators and friends. Matt digs deep into Arthur's writing revealing a profound process deeply based in Arthur's Buddhist practice. Buddhist Bubblegum is an essential addition to understanding the genius of Arthur Russell and the methods that define it." —Steve Knutson, Audika Records, Arthur Russell Estate
Matt Marble is an artist, author, and the host and producer of Secret Sound, a podcast revealing the influences of esoteric spirituality on known and marginalized voices in American music history. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Cool Grove Press
November 7, 2021
6 x 0.62 x 9 inches