Johan Kugelberg

Writer and editor, runs Boo-Hooray exhibit space, New York

Johan Kugelberg is a writer/editor who runs the Boo-Hooray exhibit space in New York City.

His books include 'The Velvet Underground - New York Art', 'Beauty is in the Street', 'Born in the Bronx', 'Brad Pitt's Dog' and Punk - An Aesthetic' (September 2012). He has staged exhibitions in England, Sweden, Japan, France, Holland and the USA.

He has taught at Yale and Cornell, and implemented the Cornell hip-hop history archive and the Cornell punk archive, and the Ira Cohen archive and Paris May 1968 archive for Yale University.

Find out more about Boo-Hooray exhibit space.

A Little List: Rare Book Trade Thoughts in Gilbert-and-Sullivan Mode

I am getting ready to travel to Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. As a faculty member I teach a summer course there each year. Preparing for this course I end up pondering rare books, antiquarian book dealing, and how libraries deal with the history and artifacts of the second half of the 20th century.
11/06/2014 12:05 BST

Here: My Futile Desire to Summarize and Introduce the Situationists

What Malcolm and Vivienne (and maybe Bernie) did was utilize the strengths and methods of the situationists to flog their sublime clobber. By mistake or osmosis, that resulted in the get up and get on with it cultural espresso of seventies punk continuing to trickle down, to inspire to wake some up and make some dream.
27/05/2014 13:20 BST

Buddy Esquire: King of the Hip Hop Flyer RIP

ddy started writing graffiti in 1972, tagging, collecting the tags of others in black books and steadily advancing his craft as a draftsman. He made his first flyer in the summer of 1977, for a neighborhood block party. The following year Buddy designed his first flyer for a hip hop jam.
17/02/2014 13:59 GMT

The Eternal Legacy of Lou Reed

In 2007, I staged an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Velvet Underground and Nico album. It took place at a very snazzy and upscale upper east side antiquarian book gallery. It was an amazing night. Lou was there, and Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule, and Sterling Morrison's wife Martha.
31/10/2013 14:20 GMT

The Shaggs

The Shaggs have at this point taken their place in the pantheon of folk art, as exemplified by Philosophy of the World, their privately pressed 1969 LP, a notorious work, sometimes ridiculed and held up as an example of absurd ineptitude, more often celebrated as a naïve musical narrative created outside of the norm of influences and cultural reference.
03/04/2013 15:09 BST

Pussy Riot and the Legacy of Punk

The riot girls taught us that young women inside a counter-culture movement don't necessarily get heard until they grab the microphone.
11/09/2012 12:35 BST

The 'Deeply F*cked, Surreal And Counter-Intuitive' World Of Swedish Pizza

In Sweden, its culinary landscape has created - out of necessity and osmosis - a national blanket of works of art that reach such a deeply fucked surreal and counter-intuitive culinary splendor that the most absurd creations by high-concept experimental artists, experimental chefs or artist-chef-experimental-weirdos wither in comparison.
20/06/2012 10:16 BST