The Best of LCD

The Art and Writing of WFMU

Dave the Spazz

     7.6 × 10 in (19.3 × 25.4 cm)
256 pages
150 color illustrations, 300 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987156

Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. The New York-area noncommercial, free-form station features programming ranging from pure rock and roll to flat-out uncategorizable strangeness such as cooking instructions, off-kilter kids' music, and spoken-word mash-ups. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide--begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programming--was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that quickly gained noteriety and earned its own devoted cult following. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured--and valuable--collector's items.

The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU collects for the first time the magazine's best writing and artwork including work by some of the biggest superstars of the cultural underground, such as Harvey Pekar, Nick Tosches, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Kaz, Ken Freedman, Luc Sante, Johnny Marr, Amy Rigby, Mark Newgarden, Ron English, Daniel Johnston, Richard Sala, Tony Millionaire, Pat Moriarity, Wayno, and many more.

For the past twenty-five years Dave the Spazz has been hosting a weekly radio show, self-publishing, and doing freelance writing and artwork. He's been singing in a few punk rock bands and holding down one crummy job after another. He is obsessed with the extraordinary and the routine. His artwork, writing, musical endeavors, and radio broadcasting have been an extension of his take on the modern world.

The Spazz is currently working on a history of anthropomorphism in the world of entertainment, tentatively titled "They Dress Up Chimps, Don't They?"

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