Tanz mit Laibach Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK By Alexei Monroe MIT Press, 400 pages Central Europe’s most notorious musical agents provocateurs are the subject of an intriguing new study by cultural theorist Alexei Monroe. Founded in the early ’80s, industrial mavericks Laibach have been controversial from the get-go for adopting the German name of their hometown, Ljubljana, not to mention their appropriation of Nazi and totalitarian aesthetics in their albums, concerts and statements. At home in Slovenia, veterans of the World War II partisan movement succeeded in banning public use of the name “Laibach” from 1983 to 1987; the band continued to perform and release music anonymously at home while touring under the name abroad. Laibach is but one branch of the Gesamtkunstwerk known as Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), a complex network consisting of the art group Irwin, the Department of Applied and Pure Philosophy, the theater group Noordung, and the design collaborative Nov
In Spring 2006 Maska will publish a updated and expanded second edition of Pluralni monolit. PM2 will feature a revised design as well as some exclusive new material. More details will follow nearer the time.
The first review was published by Simon Reynolds on his blog and can be found here (18/6/2005): http://blissout.blogspot.com/ The second review was published by the Czech Business Weekly on 27/6/2005: http://cbw.cz/phprs/view.php?cisloclanku=2005062733