Rebotamos este post de Steve Cleary en la Sound and Vision Blog de la British Library dedicado al archivo de Allan Fisher.
I am therefore pleased to report that poet Allen Fisher has generously donated to the British Library his personal treasure trove of 35 Balsam Flex cassettes – almost all of which have hitherto proved impossible to track down – with the promise of more to come if he can find them.
The Balsam Flex label was run by artist E. E. Vonna-Michell from an address in South West London, and was active in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The artists featured were drawn largely from the UK’s experimental poetry, performance and sound art scenes, and along with Allen Fisher and Vonna-Michell himself included Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Peter Finch, Lawrence Upton, cris cheek, Ulli McCarthy (aka Ulli Freer) and the less familiar names Alice Blommer, Tumla Nitnelav and Yurine Burns.
Information on the label being scarce I am grateful to Dr Will Montgomery of Royal Holloway, University of London, for allowing me to see a draft of his article ‘Balsam Flex: Cassette Culture and Poetry’, which is to be published by Palgrave Macmilllan as part of the book Modernist Legacies: Trends and Faultlines in British Poetry Today.
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