Living Ur Sonata: Conjuring Kurt Schwitters to Transcend Authority and Seize the Hour

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Mythoprint Publishing, Jul 1, 2023 - Art - 200 pages

LIVING UR SONATA reveals the transcendent truth of Kurt Schwitters' 1920s epic of nonsense. The Nazis burned Ur Sonata and mocked Schwitters' visionary art as degenerate. Today widely performed, Ur Sonata inspires us to reject nationalism and overcome language barriers to embrace our common humanity. With urgency and humor, Andrew Laties brings tales of Kurt Schwitters' dramatic life into resonance with stories of Laties' own forty years performing, encouraging readers to seize the hour and sing along with Ur Sonata.

Includes full text of Ur Sonata.


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Andrew Laties (1959— ) co-founded Urchestra, Easton Book Festival, Book & Puppet Company, Vox Pop, The Children’s Bookstore, Chicago Children’s Museum Store, and Eric Carle Museum Bookstore. His Ur Sonata performances with Lynn Book were honored in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective Art in Chicago: 1945-1995. He shared the 1987 Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Award for bringing children and books together. His Rebel Bookseller: Why Indie Businesses Represent Everything You Want to Fight For—From Free Speech to Buying Local to Building Communities won the 2006 Independent Publisher Award and is available in a 2nd edition from Seven Stories Press.

Kurt Schwitters (1887—1948) was a painter, collage-maker, typographer, sculptor, graphic designer, writer, and performer: one of the world's leading experimental artists.

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