Julius eastman research compendium


a thousand memories

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Archibald, Sasha. "Stacy Hardy's 52 Niggers and the Undoing of Julius Eastman." http://threeletterwords.org/stacy-hardys-52-niggers-and-the-undoing-of-julius-eastman-sasha-archibald/

Bloch, Jeff. "Black Musician's Song Titles Censored by FMO Protest." Daily Northwestern. 1980. (Thanks to Peter Gena for scanning this).

Eastman, Julius. "The Composer as Weakling." Ear. April/May 1979: 7.

Gann, Kyle. "That Which is Fundamental: Julius Eastman, 1940-1990." Village Voice. January 22, 1991: 49. 

____."The Miraculous Revival of Julius Eastman ." Arts Journal Blog: Post Classic. September 5, 2009. http://www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Grundy, David. "Stay on It: the Music of Julius Eastman." Streams of Expression. December 31, 2013. http://streamsofexpression.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/stay-on-it-on-music-of-julius-eastman.html

Hamill, Denis. "The Chill Spreads." Newsday. January 9, 1989. 3.

Hardy, Stacy. "52 Niggers." Chronic. March 13, 2003. http://chimurengachronic.co.za/52-niggers/

Horowitz, Joseph. "Julius Eastman Sings, Plays Piano at Environ." New York Times. October 12, 1976.

Johnson, Tom. "Julius Eastman and Daniel Goode: Composers Become Performers." The Village Voice. October 25, 1976.

Kisselgoff, Anna. "Dance: Molissa Fenley in 'Geologic Moments.'" The New York Times. November 6, 1986. (Collaboration with Eastman)

Lawrence, Tim. "I Want to See All My Friends at Once: Arthur Russell and the Queering of Gay Disco." Journal of Popular Music Studies. August 2006. 18.2. 144-166

Leach, Mary Jane. "In Search of Julius Eastman." New Music Box, November 8, 2005. http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/In-Search-of-Julius-Eastman/

____. "Julius Eastman's Prelude to Joan d' Arc." Sound American 9: June 2014. http://soundamerican.org/sa9-julius-eastman

McKenna, Kristine. "New Music Festival for Aficionados." Los Angeles Times. July 6, 1980. 78. (festival overview of New Music America 1980 in Minneapolis. Eastman performed Evil Nigger and Gay Guerrilla)

Morrison, Matthew D. "Julius Eastman: Gay Guerilla." OUPblog. May 28, 2015. http://blog.oup.com/2015/05/julius-eastman-gay-guerilla/

Oestreich, James R. "Modern Recitals by 2 Pianists." New York Times. February 27, 1991. 

Pareles, Jon. "Eastman Piano Piece." New York Times, October 23, 1983

Rockwell, John. "S.E.M. Ensemble Offers Vocal Spark in Kitchen Concert." New York Times, March 15, 1975. 

Simon, Jeff. "A Closet of Its Own Devising." Buffalo News. January 14, 1994.

Strauss, Renate. "Julius Eastman: Will the Real One Stand Up?". Buffalo Evening News. July 17, 1976

Strongin, Theodore. "Piano Recital Given by Julius Eastman." New York Times, December 9, 1966.

Weston, Jeff. "The Actual and the Virtual." Performing the Music of Julius Eastman (Exhibit). University at Buffalo Music Library. February, 2017. 9-13

Woodward, Joseph. "California EAR Unit Gives the West Coast Premiere of a Julius Eastman Piano Piece." Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2007.


Dohoney, Ryan. An End to Downtown: Julius Eastman in New York's Musical Cultures, 1975-1990. Publication forthcoming.

Levine-Packer, Renée and Mary Jane Leach. Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music. University of Rochester Press, 2015.

Book Excerpts/Chapters 

Cahill, Sarah. "Performance Anxiety and Minimalism." Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013. 385-386. (BE)

Dohoney, Ryan. "John Cage, Julius Eastman, and the Homosexual Ego." Tomorrow is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014. 39-62. (CH)

____. "Mapping Downtown: Julius Eastman in New York City, 1976-1990." Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music. Edited by Mary Jane Leach and Renée Levine-Packer, publication forthcoming, 2015. (CH)

Edwards, Maurice. How Music Grew in Brooklyn: A Biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2006. (BE)

Gann, Kyle. American Music in the Twentieth Century. Schirmer, 1997. 215-216. (BE)

____. "That Which is Fundamental: Julius Eastman 1940-1990." Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. (CH. Also appeared in the Village Voice as Eastman's only obituary on Jan 22, 1991, pg. 49. SEE LISTING UNDER 'PERIODICALS')

Grubbs, David. Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 154. (BE)

Hisama, Ellie M. "'Diving into the Earth': the Musical Worlds of Julius Eastman." Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship. Cambridge University Press, 2015. (CH)

Lawrence, Tim. Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992. Durham: Duke University     Press,2009. 289. (BE)

Levine-Packer, Renée. This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo. Oxford University Press, 2010. (BE)


Dohoney, Ryan. "The Voice of Julius Eastman in Downtown Expressive Culture." 35th Annual Society for American Music Conference. Denver, CO. March 18-22, 2009. (Abstract)

Hanson-Dvoracek, Andrew. "A Postminimal Analysis of Julius Eastman's Crazy Nigger." 2nd International Conference on Music and Minimalism. Kansas City, MO. September 2-6, 2009. (Abstract)

____. "The [B]lessing is Miracle: Quotation and Structure in Julius Eastman's Gay Guerrilla." Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference. University of Central Missouri. April 10, 2011. (Abstract)

Hisama, Ellie M. "Julius Eastman's Musical Worlds." 2nd International Conference on Music and Minimalism. Kansas City, MO. September 2-6, 2009. (Abstract)

____."The Worlds of Julius Eastman."  35th Annual Society for American Music Conference. Denver, CO. March 18-22, 2009. (Abstract)

Weston, Jeff. "They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top: Julius Eastman, Tompkins Square Park, and the Politics of Belonging." 2015 University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Colloquium. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2, 2015. 


Hanson-Dvoracek, Andrew. "Julius Eastman's 1980 Residency at Northwestern University." Masters Thesis, University of Iowa, 2011. (TH)

Mendez, Matthew Laurence. "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich: Julius Eastman and the Construction of 'Guerilla' Musicianship." Thesis (A.B.), Harvard University, 2009. (TH)

Schlegel, Steven. "John Cage at June in Buffalo, 1975." Masters Thesis, State University of Buffalo, 2008. (TH)

Weston, Jeff. "Understanding Julius Eastman's Evil Nigger Sonically, Culturally, and Visibly." Masters Presentation, Bowling Green State University, 2012. (TH)

Weston, Jeff. "Visibility Politics and the Process of Becoming in the Music of Julius Eastman." PhD Dissertation. University of Pittsburgh, Forthcoming. (D)


Rockwell, John. "New Music in America." New Music America; June 7-15, 1980: A Festival Organized by Walker Art Center. Minneapolis, 1980. (Eastman is briefly mentioned in Rockwell's essay; however, the composer failed to submit an artistic statement for the festival catalogue).

John Bewley, Jeff Weston, Jan Williams, Joseph Kubera, Bobby Previte, John Smigielski. "Performing the Music of Julius Eastman." Performing the Music of Julius Eastman. University at Buffalo Music Library, February-June 2017. 

"Julius Eastman." New Music America 1981. San Francisco, 1981. (Thanks to Peter Gena for scanning this). 


Gann, Kyle. "Damned Outrageous: The Music of Julius Eastman." Liner Notes to Unjust Malaise. New World Records DDD B000BRP1ZQ. 3 Compact Discs. 2005.


Duffalo, Corneilius and Chris McIntyre. Stay On It. Transcription. 2006. 

Leach, Mary Jane. "Julius Eastman Scores." The Julius Eastman Project. 2009.http://www.mjleach.com/EastmanScores.htm


Dohoney, Ryan. "Julius Dunbar Eastman." The Grove Dictionary of American Music: 2nd Edition. July 1, 2014.

Gagné, Nicole V. "Eastman, Julius." Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2011. 83.


Kotik, Petr and Walter Zimmerman. "On Performing Feldman's For Philip Guston." (INT, See introduction)

Overton, Adam and G Douglas Barrett. "Transcript of Julius Eastman's Interpretation of John Cage's Song Books (1970)." October 12, 2012. (TR)



documentary FIlm

Doring, Adolfo. Without a Net: the Resurrection of Julius Eastman. 2013. https://vimeo.com/57721838


"Julius Eastman." State University of New York at Buffalo, Music Department Photograph Collection, Buffalo. http://ubdigit.buffalo.edu


Eastman, Julius. New Music 1980. Minneapolis. 18 minutes. (¾" U-Matic held by the Walker Art Center Archives.)


CCA: Glasgow. "Julius Eastman Creative Associates Tour (Part 1) 1974." https://vimeo.com/75197042

____. "Julius Eastman Creative Associates Tour (Part II) 1974." https://vimeo.com/81385740

Dag in de Branding. Crazy Nigger. Den Haag. 2008. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkmJdNeWglo. (also available on DVD)

Fenley, Molissa. Geologic Moments. 1986. (Music by Julius Eastman and Philip Glass). https://vimeo.com/68981712

New Music America 1980. Evil Nigger and Gay Guerrilla. June 13, 1980. (Includes Julius Eastman as Performer. DVD transfer held by Walker Art Center Archives. Also available as sound recording). 

S.E.M. Ensemble. "John Cage- Song Books (Performed by S.E.M. Ensemble)." 1974 / 2013. (Includes Julius Eastman as Performer). https://vimeo.com/46107428


Cage, John. Song Books. Performed by the SEM Ensemble, Live Recording. June 4, 1975. (Includes Julius Eastman: narrator, voice and auxiliary percussion). http://library.buffalo.edu.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/music/spcoll/june.html

Davies, Peter Maxwell. Eight Songs for a Mad King. Nonesuch Records H-72185. Vinyl. 1973

Dinosaur L. "Go Bang." 24->24 Music (Includes Julius Eastman: keyboards and voice). 1982.

____. "In the Cornbelt." 24->24 Music (Includes Julius Eastman: keyboards and voice). 1982.

Eastman, Julius. "Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc" and "The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc." Concerts by Composers: Julius Eastman. Experimental Intermedia Foundation. http://www.dramonline.org/albums/concerts-by-composers-julius-eastman/notes

____. "Creation." Fifth Biennial Survey of Contemporary Music: Works by Frederic Rzewski and Julius Eastman. Society of Electronic Music of Buffalo. KPFA Radio Broadcast. 1973. http://radiom.org/detail.php?omid=CM.1973.08.26

____. "Feminine." Feminine. Frozen Reeds Records fr6. 2016. Recorded live by the SEM Ensemble (Wednesday, November 6,1974 at Composers Forum in Albany, The Arts Centre on the Campus of the Academy of the Holy Names, Albany, New York.)

____. "Piano 2." Book of Horizons. New World Records 80745. 2014. Performed by Joseph Kubera.

____. "Stay On It." Performed by Students at the New England Conservatory as part of Jason Belcher's MM recital. 2012. https://soundcloud.com/belchercomp/julius-eastman-stay-on-it-1973

____."Touch Him When." Tellus #4, Tellus. Cassette. 1984. http://ubumexico.centro.org.mx/sound/tellus_4/Tellus-4_01_Julius_Eastman-Touch_Him_When.mp3

____. "Stay on It", "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", "Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc", "The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc", "Gay Guerrilla", "Evil Nigger", "Crazy Nigger", "Julius Eastman's Spoken Introduction to the Northwestern University Concert." Unjust Malaise. New World Records 80638. 3 Compact Discs. 2005. http://www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi?rm=view&album_id=15097

Eastman, Julius and Thomas Sikorski. Unchained. Bolt BR 1026. Compact Disc. 2014. http://monotyperecords.com/bolt/eng.html

Kolb, Barbara, and Richard Moryl. Figments, Chansons Bas, Three Place Settings, Chroma, Illuminations. New York: Desto B004A2H8MW. Vinyl. 1972. (Includes Julius Eastman: narrator side A). 

Monk, Meredith. Dolmen Music. ECM New Series ECM1-1197. 1981. (Includes Julius Eastman: percussion and vocals). 

____. Turtle Dreams. ECM New Series ECM-1240. 1983. (Includes Julius Eastman: organ). 

Russell, Arthur. Tower of Meaning. Chatham Square Productions, CLS 145. Vinyl. 1983. Conducted by Julius Eastman.