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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 14 Dec 1994 21:19:02 CST
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|                   Guy  Debord                         |
|                   1931 - 1994                         |
|                                                       |
|               essayist, filmmaker,                    |
|     co-founder of the Situationist International      |
"The whole life of those societies in which modern conditions of
production prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of
spectacles. All that once was directly lived has become mere
* _The Society of the Spectacle_, Guy Debord, translated by
Donald Nicholson-Smith,1994: New York, Zone Books. Distributed by
The MIT Press, Cambridge, USA, and London, UK.
PARIS (AP) --Guy Debord, an avant-garde essayist who influenced
the upheavals of French society in the late 1960s, has committed
suicide. He was 62. Town officials in the village of Champot
where Debord lived announced an investigation Thursday into the
suicide. No details about how Debord took his life Wednesday were
disclosed. Little-known outside France, Debord denounced what he
called "the show-biz society" and declared that performing arts
should be based on powerful emotions, passions and sexual desire.
His ideas were influential among theoreticians and essayists who
achieved prominence in the May 1968 student-led cultural revolt
that shook French society.
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