The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94 | An Exhibition Curated by Thurston Moore | 1 - 30 June

The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94
1-8 June
Tuesday – Saturday, 11-6pm

Tenderbooks presents an exhibition curated by Thurston Moore with Ecstatic Peace Library to celebrate the publication of The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94. Mayhem are the most influential Black Metal band in the world, and no strangers to controversy. Death Archives offers a unique insight into one of music’s most extreme subcultures.

During the band’s ongoing career, now spanning thirty years, bass player and only surviving band member from the original line-up, Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud, has collected a hoard of photographs, video diaries and memorabilia. The exhibition shares a rare collection of photographs, reproduced in the publication, from the early years of Mayhem's existence including their first photo-sessions in full corpse regalia; recording session footage and the bands' radical album artwork.

Today, Norwegian Black Metal is one of the most distinct and controversial subcultures in the music world, its popularity spanning globally from China to Mexico. The book is not only a documentation of a band – it is also a story about Norway, and a unique Norwegian subculture, where a deep fascination for authentic Nordic culture and nature is deeply immersed.

Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94
by Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud with Svein Strømmen & Christian Belgaux
Afterword by Thurston Moore
Published by Ecstatic Peace Library, 6 June 16
£30 contact mail@tenderbooks.co.uk to purchase a copy

Ecstatic Peace Library is an art and culture press founded by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and visual book editor Eva Prinz in 2010.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Norwegian Embassy in London.

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