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Gang of Four

When I was in graduate school at MIT I walked past the Revolution Bookstore on Mass Ave on my way to my lab. The bookstore’s windows were full of posters and banners in garish colors (primarily red) with slogans asserting their views of the state of the world and exhorting passersby to revolution. The existence of this bookstore as well as the Red Bookstore in Central Square seemed like quaint, almost nostalgic, agitprop . One set of posters denounced the notorious Gang of Four in China. Around the same time, I started listening to the band Gang of Four (not the be confused by the later Gang of Four of Design Patterns). The Gang of Four were political but also had a great abrasive sound. I was reminded of the band the other day by an article in the Boston Globe. Hugo Burnham, the band’s drummer, is now on the faculty at The New England Institute of Art here in Boston.

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