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Painful but Fabulous in Montreal: Book Launch and Film Premiere

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Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS is pleased to present the book launch of "Pablo’s Curiosity-Underground Education" by Canadian radio DJ, music director and musician Pablo Duran. Pablo Duran will be giving a talk on his new book, followed by a book signing and a film premiere: "Painful but Fabulous in Montreal."

"Pablo’s Curiosity-Underground Education" includes interviews with musicians and artists like Kraftwerk founder Ralf Hütter, guitarist Johnny Marr, Blues legend Otis Rush. Between December 2000 and October 2003, Duran explored various themes and ideas sometimes overlooked in textbooks and the music press. Thoughts on creativity, individuality, and the then nascent digital world are discussed in a riveting manner. Lacking any formal journalism training at the time, Duran relied on his instincts, making for extremely candid, revealing and unique conversations.

Each interview is preceded by additional notes providing context to every dialogue, followed by last reflections. Working at college radio helped gain access, when that failed, the job was seen through rather alternative means. Whether it was staking out a venue to personally request an interview from an artist to waiting in the wee hours at an afterhours club for a meeting to materialize, this book gives a rare first-hand account on what happens before and after pressing the record button, providing an adventurous cultural snapshot of the musical landscape at the dawn of the 2000s.

"Painful but Fabulous in Montreal", an independent film by Pablo Duran, will premiere at the book launch. It features the legendary counter-culture musician Genesis P-Orridge.

"On Monday March 3rd 2003, I turned up at Concordia University’s VAV Gallery to meet Genesis P-Orridge, his wife Miss Jackie, and a select number of participants to work on the
collective construction of a piece.

We were each given a 12” board along with instructions to express our true essence of being. The work would then be assembled during a large sigil–“a neo-magick ritual based around ecstasy, will, desire and knowledge”–later that week. A career retrospective, "Painful but Fabulous", was also on display.

I had just purchased a Mini DV camera and couldn’t wait to put it to use. I approached Gen and
asked, “Is it OK if I can film?” to which s/he replied, “You can film whatever you want.”

That I did."

–Pablo Duran

Pablo Duran was born in Montreal in 1981. He discovered his knack for writing while studying Communications Management at McGill University. His passion for music has led him to play
many roles within the industry, including work as a radio DJ, promoter and music director.

Additionally, as a musician, he’s played the Warped Tour, performed with Prince Paul and David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets), and worked with Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies, The Dresden Dolls).

He began conducting interviews in 2000. He lives in Montreal.


Image: Still from "Painful but Fabulous in Montreal"
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