An avant-garde artist for all seasons

Tony Conrad has been one of the best-kept secrets of the 1960s New York avant-garde art and music scene.

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July 13, 2017 21:32
Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad in 1966. (photo credit: FREDERICK EBERSTAD/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

Anyone heard of Tony Conrad? No? You’re not alone. Okay, let’s try another identification ploy. How many of you have heard of Velvet Underground? A lot more, huh? Well, it may interest you to know that, anonymity notwithstanding, had it not been for Conrad we might never have had the pleasure of listening to the aforementioned American experimental rock band.

That, and plenty more, comes across in Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, a documentary by Tyler Hubby that will screen at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on July 17 at 6 p.m.

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