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Bob COBBING (Great Britain)

Bob Cobbing (1920, Middlesex, England) poet, artist, musician, performer, publisher. One of the pioneers and classics of European visual and sound poetry, the key figure in the English school of concrete poetry of the 1950s 90s. His first monotypes (visual poems made with help of a typewriter and/or duplicating machines) were created in 1942; the first samples of sound poetry were represented by the author in 1954. He was the editor and publisher of the AND magazine (1954-69, collaborating with M. Levin, J. Rowan, A. Klarke), a classic model of the experimental poetry periodical, that presented a wide range of poetic strategies from the typewritten minimalism to the manipulated mimeograms. In the 1950s, he established the Writers Forum of Experimental Poetry and Performance Workshops, a community of experimental poets and literary men with regular workshops that have been held for more than forty years. In 1963, he established the publishing house Writers Forum Press, that with its numerous editions had a great impact on the development of the little press movement in Great Britain as well as on the establishment of experimental poetry in Europe. For about forty years within the Writers Forum press there have been implemented around 750 editions, and a great number of exhibitions and readings of poets from various countries of the world have been held. In the 1960s-70s Cobbing collaborated with such outstanding representatives of literary and artistic underground as E. Morgan, J. Sharkey, D. S. Houedard, J. Furnival, J. H. Finlay, B. Gysin, W. Burroughs and others. Under the aegis of the Writers Forum he edited and published jointly with D. S. Houedard and P. Mayer a magazine, Kroklok (1971-76) which, according to art historians, was the classic of the European alternative and experimental literature (G. Perneczky). Cobbing is the author of more than 250 poetic editions and books, including recent titles such as: 15 Shakespeare Kaku Augmented (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Poems (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Voices (London: Writers Forum, 1999), Kob bok: selected text of bob cobbing (1948-1999) (Buckfastleigh, Devon: Etruscan Books, 1999), Domestic Ambient Noise (in collab. with L.Upton, 1994-2000) and many others. He is the author of a number of anthologies, including Verbivisivoco (in collab. with B. Griffiths, London: Writers Forum, 1992), Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry (in collab. with L. Upton, London: Writers Forum, 1998). Cobbing has published more than thirty original editions of sound poetry and his works are represented in various international anthologies, including Text-sound-composition 1. A Stockholm Festival 1968 (Stockholm: Fylkingen Rec., 1968), Text-sound-composition 5. Stockholm 1969 (Stockholm: Sveriges Radios forlag, Fylkingen Rec., 1969), akustische texte konkrete texte visuelle texte (Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1970) and many others. He has participated in a great number of festivals and forums of contemporary poetry both in Great Britain and abroad. He has held numerous solo exhibitions of visual and object poetry, painting, graphics and others. In 2000, a poetic festival A Day for Bob Cobbing dedicated to Cobbing's 80th birthday was held in London. Bob Cobbing lives and works in London (Great Britain).



For Alaric Sumner
(fragment, on CD-edition: 156)

Performed by Bob Cobbing.
Engineered and produced
by Lawrence Upton, London, 2000.
2000 Bob Cobbing, London.

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Theory

Theory

Dmitry BULATOV
Dick HIGGINS
Christian SCHOLZ
Valeri SCHERSTJANOI
Larry WENDT
Sergei BIRJUKOW
Jean-Yves BOSSEUR
Henri CHOPIN
Michael LENTZ
Dean SUZUKI
Arrigo LORA-TOTINO
Klaus Peter DENCKER
Gerhard RUEHM
Teddy HULTBERG
Serge SEGAY
Jean-Pierre BOBILLOT
Jerome ROTHENBERG
Endre SZKAROSI
Carla BERTOLA
Steve MCCAFFERY
Lawrence UPTON
Rea NIKONOVA
Philadelpho MENEZES
Fabio DOCTOROVICH
Ide HINTZE
Jacques DONGUY
Enzo MINARELLI
Nicholas ZURBRUGG
Dmitry Aleksandrovich PRIGOV

Practice

Practice

Fernando AGUIAR
Charles AMIRKHANIAN
Pierre-André ARCAND
Vittore BARONI
Eric BELGIUM
Carla BERTOLA
Isabella BEUMER
Sergei BIRJUKOW
Julien BLAINE
Guy BLEUS
Jaap BLONK
Jean-Pierre BOBILLOT & Jean-Luis HOUCHARD
Lars-Gunnar BODIN
Christian BÖK
Jean-François BORY
Dmitry BULATOV
Warren BURT
Philippe CASTELLIN
Cris CHEEK
Henri CHOPIN
Carlfriedrich CLAUS
Wayne CLEMENTS
Bob COBBING
Philip CORNER
Fabio DOCTOROVICH
Jacques DONGUY
Jas DUKE
Paul DUTTON
Carlos ESTEVENZ
FLOOM
Bartolome FERRANDO
Peter FINCH
FLATUS VOCIS TRIO
Giovanni FONTANA
Jean-Claude GAGNON
Hartmut GEERKEN
Alexander GORNON
Rosa GRAU
Mark GREY
Alex HAMBURGER
Jarl HAMMARBERG
Bernard HEIDSIECK
Ide HINTZE
Lászlo HORTOBÁGYI
Jol HUBAUT
Brenda HUTCHINSON
Elise KERMANI
KESKEN
Richard KOSTELANETZ
Nobuo KUBOTA
Ilmar LAABAN
Werner LAUBSCHER
Jean-Jacques LEBEL
Michael LENTZ
Arrigo LORA-TOTINO
Jackson MacLOW & Anne TARDOS
Claude MAILLARD
Chris MANN
Richard MARTEL
Steve McCAFFERY
Philadelpho MENEZES
Enzo MINARELLI
Phil MINTON
Massimo MORI
Charlie MORROW
Sainkho NAMTCHYLAK
Rea NIKONOVA
Alistair NOON
Maggie ΒSULLIVAN
Tibor PAPP
Oskar PASTIOR
Serge PEY & Joachim MONTESSUIS
Dmitry PRIGOV
Sergei PROVOROV
Miroslaw RAIKOWSKI
Josef Anton RIEDL
Américo RODRIGUES
Gian Paolo ROFFI
Jerome ROTHENBERG
Günter & Colette RUCH
Gerhard RUEHM
Xavier SABATER
Valeri SCHERSTJANOI
Elke SCHIPPER
Serge SEGAY
Gary SINGH
Hazel SMITH
Steven Ross SMITH
RE: SOUNDING
Enno STAHL
Amanda STEWART
Rod SUMMERS
Alaric SUMNER
Mark SUTHERLAND
Endre SZKÁROSI
Pierre THOMA
Gabór TÓTH
Liesl UJVARY
Lawrence UPTON
VERBOMOTORHEAD
Alberto VITACCHIO
Ania WALWICZ
Michael J. WELLER
Larry WENDT
Trevor WISHART
Pamela Z
Ellen ZWEIG