(SOLD): KOROT, Beryl and GERSHUNY, Phyllis. Radical Software.
(New York): Raindance Coporation, 1970. Issues 1 and 2, 3 and 4 of this seminal video journal. The idea for which came about in the fall of 1969, right after the Woodstock festival. The Vietnam War was raging; a previously powerless and voiceless generation in the U.S. and abroad found that they could no longer trust their governments or the newspapers and television networks to communicate any truths except those in service of the prevailing order. The social implications were evident: radical hardware was fine but what was critically needed was Radical Software. Issue one contains an article by Gillette on media ecology and another on the evils of EVR (a proprietary playback system developed by CBS); by Paul Ryan on the communication possibilities of cable TV; by Gene Youngblood on “The Videosphere.” Nam June Paik weighed in with “Expanded Education for the Paperless Society,” two pages of observations, quotes and news clips. Thea Sklover wrote a report on the state of cable television in America, and Robert Kragen wrote on “Art and TV.” There were contributions from Shamberg, Vassi, Aldo Tambellini, Jud Yalkut, Alex Gross, Richard Kahlenberg, and others. Also of note was a description by Bonnie Kline and Dorothy Henaut, both from the Canadian program Challenge for Change, of their experiences bringing portapak media access to local community groups in Montreal.
Also included was an interview by the Raindance Corporation with R.Buckminster Fuller, transcribed from a Raindance videotape, on broad subjects of Earth Day, the evolution of civilization, some reminiscences on his youth, aspects of the space program, and the meaning of ecology.
The “FEEDBACK” section on the last pages offered contributions from 32 groups and individuals all of who were involved with portapak video to one degree or another. With issue two the emphasis was on technology. There was a laser and holography article by Lloyd Cross, and articles by Parry Teasdale, Eric Siegal, Andrea Brown and Charles Bensinger. There were two by Paul Ryan, and one, entitled Frequency and Form, by Vic Gioscia. But the first five pages were about cable TV and the electromagnetic spectrum, containing charts, text, and interviews, compiled and written by Beryl Korot. It was an exhaustive survey, providing a wealth of data for public access activists. Issues in quarter-fold format. Issue one in near fine condition, issue two with some (coffee?) staining to outer covers, Issue three, centre-fold ruffled at edges, issue four with cover art by Ant farm in very good condition. Uncommon.