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Jim Roche
Learning to Count
1. Hippys Are Living Proof, 1971 (3:31)
2. Every Man, Woman, And Child, 1972 (7:53)
3. Fight It Out, 1972 (11:46)
4. Bubble Blower, 1972 (5:08)
5. Straight Razor, 1972 (9:14)
6. Mama Bear, 1972 (8:50)
7. Power Poles, 1973 (3:31)
8. Swoops Down Outta The Sky, 1975 (12:33)
9. Cadillac, 1973 (5:52)
10. Store Up Your Treasures in Heaven, 1974 (7:29)
11. Whatcha Doing Down There Boy, 1975 (7:32)
12. Whatsda Matter Wid Jew, 1977 (5:33)
13. Lucky T’s Texaco, 1975 (6:17)

From the LP Learning to Count (Hard Line, 1982), Produced by the Morgan Art Gallery, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
I first started doing the tapes while living in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. The sixties were ust over and Americans had polarized themselves completely on political, economic, and racial issues. I had traveled all over the forty-eight main States by then and realize now that the audio work is indeed d summation of travel in the sixties, viewed through a seventies reality that (although I did not know it back then) predicted conditions for the eighties that are starting to appear.

My primary work has been in the Visual arts working through the museum exhibition system. The sculptured narrative installations I was doing at the time of the tapes were composed in part with actual “human condition” packets. These were pinned up solidly, shoulder to shoulder, and covered entire walls of these participating museums. These narrative (readable) fragments of a rapidly changing culture were torn out of newspapers, received through the mail, removed off poster Walls and, in general, taken from all sources.

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