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“This enigmatic 7”, released in 1979, is one of the most startling DIY records from this period: it originally comes in a plain white cover with ‘Pulp Music’ or ‘Pulp’ written and two signatures, no label but a white pen numbering and an extra hole burned instead. The music was as rough as you could guess from this strict design: a very “intense mix of manic precise percussions together with vocal yelps, grunts and screams leavened with distortion and feedback”.
The so-called Pulp or Pulp Music (in fact the label name, not the band name) was a London based duo composed of the performance artist Anne Bean and the percussionist and instrument-maker Paul Burwell. Anne Bean has presented solo and collaborative projects incorporating visual art, sound, and performance since the beginning of the 70’s. Active on the improvised music scene through the 70’s, notably in a collaboration with David Toop and poet Bob Cobbing, Paul Burwell was also one of the founding members of the London Musicians Collective.
This duo met several years before the release of this 7” and performed in various places until the beginning of the 80’s. One of their last appearances took place in october 82 at the Final Academy which was intended to be a celebration of William Burroughs. During three days, this event featured readings by William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and John Giorno, together with bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, 23 Skidoo … and a remarkable performance from Anne Bean and Paul Burwell as described by Performance Magazine:
 “(…) but Burwell and Bean put an incredible show of pyrotechnics preaching, pounding of drums and proclaiming of ‘White mans gotta god complex’ by the Last Poets. A sample of the late Steve Cripps ‘legacy’ of explosives had the battery of the exotic snappers, video and super eighters, minor celebs and their retinues, scampering for cover, as Anne bean raged, stamping her feet in the billowing smoke.”
Soon after this event, Anne Bean and Paul Burwell extended their duo with sculptor Richard Wilson, to form the influential and much noticed performance group, BOW GAMELAN ENSEMBLE, which lasted until the beginning of the 90’s. Sadly, Paul Burwell died on Sunday 4th February 2007.”