A panorama of the most important avant-garde writers and artists of the century. This is a reissue of the 1999 Sub Rosa release. It begins in 1912 with Apollinaire and ends with the Brazilian avant-garde of the seventies. These are unique archival recordings most of which have never been released before. The concept of this release is from the writer, critic and close collaborator, Marc Dachy. Original recordings from: Guillaume Apollinaire (Parisian father of the avant-garde, 1912); Vladimir Maïakovski (leading Russian Futurist poet, 1914, 20); Richard Huelsenbeck (father of Dada in Berlin 1916 & 1967); Kurt Schwitters (the genius father of Merz, 1932); James Joyce (Irish writer and poet, 1929); Gertrude Stein (fiction writer, New York, 1934, 35); Antonin Artaud (Parisian playwright, actor, director, essayist, 1946); Tristan Tzara (father of Dada in Zurich, 1948, 49); Camille Bryen (one of the founding fathers of Tachism, 1932, 49); Marcel Duchamp (French/American painter and mixed media artist, 1957); e.e. cummings (American poet, painter, playwright, essayist); Brion Gysin (longtime Burroughs collaborator and cut-up technician, 1960, 62), Julian Beck (founder of the Living Theater, 1968, 73); Gherasim Luca (rare voice of the French poet in New York, 1969, 84); François Dufrène (French Lettrist and creator of crirythme, 1961, 73); Pierre Guyotat (Parisian avant-garde fiction writer, 1976); Augusto de Campos (Brazilian avant-garde poet, essayist and translator, as performed by Caetano Veloso, 1963, 79, 85).