Blog Lydia Lunch and Quincy Troupe

Lydia Lunch and Quincy Troupe

Posted May 30, 2021, 10:06 a.m. by T

KFAI - Undead

Seven Stories Publishing

Lydia Lunch and Quincy Troupe


Lydia Lunch has always been known for her dry humorous raunchy and raw approach to channelling her alchemy, i.e. spoken-word and performance art, fuelled by anger and outrage. Defiant in tone and style, So Real It Hurts meanders between anecdotes, intimate accounts of events to witty and sharp observations of social phenomena. Apart from personal revelations, the book is particularly interesting when light is shed on the relationship with Hubert Selby Jr and other protagonists, her account on the history of No Wave and her empowering rallying for the causes of taboo-busting feminism.

Lunch’s elaborations are fierce, explosive, revelatory and gripping and infused with urgency, specifically when it comes topics like environmentalism, consumerism and other social failures.

In essence, So Real It Hurts, is an anthology, which had previously been rejected by close to thirty publishers as it proudly states on the cover,  of new and established writings show no sign of Lydia Lunch dimming her flame, and with an introduction by Anthony Bourdain it is framed in a suitable context with the common denominator between being their appreciation of food and cooking, as her name suggests.

Great to have Lydia’s essays available in book form as most of what I had from Lydia were her diatribes from the days of her contributing to Forced Exposure magazine. An empowering and unflinching book with relevance especially for those without a voice who refused to be victims.

Seven  Stories’ Miles & Me: Miles Davis, the man, the musician, and his friendship with the journalist and poet Quincy Troupe is a nice counterpoint to Lydia Lunch in that is portrays a more subtle, less boisterous yet still provocative man and the way he went about his art with music and poetry until his untimely departure in 1991.

I quite enjoyed how  both Miles’ acute approach and his idiosyncratic vision is portrayed as well as his fragility and the solitude and loneliness that fuelled and impaired his genius. The book is testament to Miles being an accomplished poet in the realm of music and a skilful musical poet, which formed a unique melange that is highlighted by the author’s insights.

A warm and intriguing memoir based on Quincy Troupe’s experiences, a professor of literature at the University of California San Diego and accomplished author, and his friendship with Miles Davis.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Come from Away @ Capitol Theatre

Posted by T
June 10, 2021, 10:49 p.m.

Come from Away Capitol Theatre Sydney, Australia June 9, 2021   Now, what are the ingredients for a great musical? The cohesive progression of the story via integration of dialogue, ... read more

Hip-Hop Architecture book review

Posted by T
June 9, 2021, 8:46 p.m.

Hip-Hop Architecture Bloomsbury Visual Arts   Hip Hop, the way it was incepted, could not have more epitomized the concept of a movement, pertaining to all areas of life – ... read more

American Psycho: The Musical @ Sydney Opera House

Posted by T
June 8, 2021, 7:12 p.m.

American Psycho – The Musical Sydney Opera House June 8, 2021   I have always enjoyed Bret Easton Ellis’ oeuvre and was specifically delighted when American Psycho was on the ... read more

Audio = Ground-Zero

Posted by T
June 6, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

Audio =-Ground-Zero For People Who Listen   No matter if it is movies or music – sound reigns supreme. Listening to sound at its best is a delight. It is ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Akasha x Robert Stein

Posted by T
June 5, 2021, 10:25 a.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Akasha x Robert Stein Collaboration As we have previously covered, what Dave Padden and his crew have accomplished with Akasha Brewing within its six ... read more

KFAI - Root Of All Evil


Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.