The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia Ed. by Christopher M. Reeves and Aaron Walker

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The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, the first book devoted to the ensemble, examines the founding tenets, organizing principles, and collective memories of the Sinfonia, whose reputation as “the world’s worst orchestra” underplays its unique accomplishment as a populist avant-garde project. While seemingly a niche musical anecdote, the story of the Portsmouth Sinfonia engenders wide-ranging conversations that touch upon the legacy of interdisciplinary art pedagogy, the power of popular music, the investment necessary in order to work and learn together, and the effects of destabilizing canonization. The collaborative publications and curatorial projects of Reeves and Walker deal with the generative possibilities of collective creative making. Published 2020.
ISBN: 9781940190235
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9", 232 pages
Materials: Softcover book, 30 full color pages


Soberscove Press
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Soberscove Press is an an independent press that publishes books about art and culture. Soberscove was founded by Julia Klein in 2009 with a focus on making art historical materials accessible to a non-specialist audience; this concern continues in the books we publish today. Soberscove books tend to explore modes and functions of documentation, process, and connect historical themes and issues to the present. We also produce books in collaboration with artists.