“Boyd Rice is a black pimp.” —Charles Manson
“Boyd Rice was my mentor." —Marilyn Manson
“Boyd is an iconoclast!” —Anton LaVey, Church of Satan
“Boyd Rice could be the next John F. Kennedy or Jesus Christ.” —Kim Fowley
“(Boyd Rice) is a bad influence.” —Der Spiegel
Referred to by some as “The most dangerous man alive”, Boyd Rice (c. 1956) is a pioneering American artist, occultist, prankster, mystic, social critic, archivist, and provocateur whose impact & influence has penetrated nearly every level of global underground culture; a remarkably brazen and polarizing figure who has courted endless controversy worldwide over a span of more than four decades. Rice initially came to prominence in the 1970s as one of the founders of the “Industrial Music” genre and as one of the first artists signed to Mute Records. He quickly gained a reputation for starkly ritualistic live performances that were regarded as being the most abrasive, minimalistic, dangerous, and blisteringly high volume concerts ever staged. As early as 1980, he was already being hailed as “The Godfather of Noise”.
Since then, Rice—a high school dropout raised in a Southern California trailer park—extended his creative pursuits to innumerable fields including visual art, film, literature, photography, acting, interior decoration/design, and culinary arts (taking first prize in the 2012 Denver County Fair Jello molding competition) among other things; something of a Renaissance Man for an age of decadence and decline.
In his own words:
“My life is a testament to the idea that you can achieve whatever the hell you want if you possess a modicum of creativity, and a certain amount of naivete concerning what is and isn’t possible in this world. I’ve had one man shows of my paintings in New York, but I’m not a painter. I’ve authored several books, but I’m not a writer. I’ve made a living as a recording artist for the last 30 years, but I can’t read a note of music or play an instrument. I’ve somehow managed to make a career out of doing a great number of things I’m in no way qualified to do.”
Jim Goad (c. 1961) is an American author, publisher, social critic, country crooner, pioneering “wigger”, ex-convict, brain tumor survivor, iconoclast, and cultural provocateur. He is perhaps best known for *ANSWER Me!* magazine, which he co-authored, edited, and published with his late wife Debbie Goad between 1991 and 1994. Scandals surrounding the magazine included a line being quoted from the second issue by a man who shot at the White House in 1994, a triple suicide, a potential influence on the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and an obscenity trial over the fourth and final issue in Washington State (the state ultimately lost). Goad has authored nine books including The *Redneck Manifesto*. His latest, *The Bomb Inside My Brain*, features a collection of four dozen essays about “brain surgery, heartache, broken friendship, family alienation, drugs, religion, PTSD, and fatherhood.” He has also written two weekly columns for *Taki's Magazine* for the past nine years, and hosts a weekly podcast entitled *Jim Goad's Group Hug*. Goad has described himself as being “Misunderstood in ways you would never understand.” Join us for this episode of THE EXILE HOUR as we fraternally bond with our featured guest over our mutual indifference towards fraternal bonding, non-ironic reverence for Vanilla Ice, the discovery of our shared Chinese Zodiac animal (the "cock"), Philadelphia Tidewater (read: “tide-WOODer”) accents, and ultimately seek to discover if he might also be understood in ways that he would never understand. ...
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“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.” -Virgil “Endurance is more important than truth..." -Charles Bukowski Ben Bennett (c.1984) is a unique, virtuosic free improvising percussionist who rose to international prominence and notoriety in 2014. After creating a series of live-streamed internet videos, in which he sat cross-legged and gazed into a camera all while maintaining a ceaseless grin upon his face for four hour durations, Ben joined the ranks of weird YouTube celebritydom. In 2017, after creating 300 episodes of “Sitting and Smiling,” he inexplicably began a new series entitled “Walking and Talking,” in which he walks and talks (often self-reflexively) on camera, typically also for four hours at a time. Ben is the son of American experimental text, sound, and visual poet John M. Bennett and brother of composer/performer John Also Bennett. Additionally, he is also a highly skilled urban forager, survivalist, and as we discover towards the conclusion of this episode, something of a freestyle rapper. Join us for this episode of THE EXILE HOUR in which we engage Ben in a fast & furious dialogue about the nature of post-human consciousness, endurance art, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, conspiracy theories, and suicidal selfie sticks. ...