The musician in conversation with Frances Morgan, performing, reading and showing images from 30 years of activity
Carla Bozulich is a US musician whose work over the last three decades has emerged in a wide variety of contexts, from site-specific performance pieces to tributes to the outlaws of Country & Western, but which always leaves the floor strewn with blood and guts – usually her own. Emerging from the early 1980s LA underground as a member of the notorious performance art unit Ethyl Meatplow, in the 90s Bozulich was on the verge of becoming a bona fide rock star courtesy of The Geraldine Fibbers’ mix of US roots music and emotional Grand Guignol. Instead, she opted to spend the last two decades living a nomadic existence throughout Europe and the US, pursuing her interests in collaboration, performance, noise, improvisation and cathartic songwriting in her group Evangelista, and via alliances with the likes of Willie Nelson, Wayne Kramer, Lydia Lunch, Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Okkyung Lee, Christian Marclay, Xui Xui and many others.
For Off The Page, Carla Bozulich spoke with The Wire’s Deputy Editor Frances Morgan, playing music and showing images from a prolific and uncompromising 30 year artistic life.
The fourth edition of Off The Page, The Wire’s literary festival for sound and music, took place at Bristol’s Arnolfini, 26–28 September, and was coproduced by The Wire, Arnolfini and Qu Junktions. Audio recording by Gary Fawle at Events in Sound. Photography by Paul Samuel White.