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« on: December 29, 2009, 03:24:42 PM »

I was flickering through a book at work today called Mail art: an annotated bibliography to see if they were listing any zines I forgot when a book title caught my eye: Last Trax by Vittore Baroni, Piermario Ciani and Massimo Giacon. The book was released by Trax in 1988. This is what it says in "Mail-art":

"An outstanding effort which documents the Trax project, 1981-1987. It was organized by Baroni and Ciani to distribute alternative cultural materials in innovative ways. The book is composed of general statements, a chronological index of products and events, a list of contributors, and concluding statements. "Trax is a mysterious body wandering in the scenery of the 'young' media of the early eighties: an international conspiracy, an impersonal system, an autonomous and independent network." Beautifully designed."

I have never seen Last Trax. Is it worth tracking down? Is it in English? Has anyone got any info?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 11:10:33 PM »

Just bought  2 weeks ago from illegal street seller(from pakistan/india perhaps), not even selling table just a blanket on a concrete floor -10 celcius:
"Hitlerin Testamentti-Viimeisimmät pöytäpuheet vuosilta 1943-45 Täydentävin sitaatein" Pamflet/zine size
"Suomen Fuhrer- Valtakunnanjohtaja Pekka Siitoin(1944-2003) Book
Funny. He even has a multiple copies.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2010, 10:26:19 AM »

siitoin book is worth tracking down. I think print run is merely... 100-150? Lots of typos, very unprofessional, but utmost kult.
About Last Trax, I know nothing about.

I don't know where the "art book people" meet and talk, but I find it utmost hard to gather information about what are worth to buy and what are not. I buy probably 50% online, 50% in real life. So half of the time, it's either about buying the thing you know but cheaper, or just having a gut feeling that this could be something interestesting. I don't think I have bought any books I REGRET buying, but I do have some regrets of buying too many multiples of some books, which aren't that easy to deal forward.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 11:27:49 PM »

Maybe this'd be a little offtopic for this thread, but I don't want to create another theme. Some 4-5 years ago in a videostore in Germany I saw an art book. The theme of the book was death. The text was in typewriter and as if would be glued of separate text lines in pages. These were some poems/novels/facts about the deaths of people whose photos in b/w were published in there. If I remember correctly the color of the book was grey/violet. If someone would know what I am talking about and what this book could be, please write it here, I would like to track it down. The price was somewhat about 20 euros and for some reason I haven't bought it at that moment and now I pity that up till now. THanks.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 10:08:38 AM »

Although I don't have the book myself, I think it sounds a bit like this one:

http://feralhouse.com/titles/crime/death_scenes.php

There are some pictures of spreads from the book on Amazon -- looks like what you're describing. Check the customer images:

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Scenes-Homicide-Detectives-Scrapbook/dp/0922915296

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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010, 09:32:03 PM »

Death Scenes came to my mind too. I have it for sale too. Not on list, but in my shop. Anyone into true crime photos, that's essential purchase!
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 01:47:29 PM »

Thanx! Yes, this was it. Remembered that there was woman's name/surname on the cover. Will have to track it down.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2010, 09:48:23 PM »

Be sure to get Nick Bougas' video taken from the same archive released in the late 80's/early 90's and introduced by Anton LaVey who also composed the soundtrack.

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010, 11:09:46 AM »

Wasn't LaVey reading all the narrative in Death Scenes #1 video? I have dub from the old VHS trade days. Series progressed ok'ish, but in days like we're living now, it's pretty old to have like war footage special, when you're "aaahhh plleeease stop wasting my time with same shit that daily news does!" haha..
That goes to plenty of old cult videos. At the time it was brutal and bizarre, now it's like regular TV entertainment - or close to it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010, 11:20:01 AM »

Totally agree on everything.
The whole death-mondo thing is useless at the moment unless done with a concept behind it.
After rotten and similar sites everybody gets access to this sort of "deubachery on request".
But back then it had a strange twisted appeal.
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