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An observation of the new order of everyday life
The Amen break is a singular sample of a four-bar drum solo that went on to change the course of music in the twentieth century. Originally derived from seven seconds of a soul B-side, the sample proliferated with the rise of hip hop in the 1980s and became a staple of drum and bass and jungle music. Prior evokes the Amen break to consider how singular events—the murder of George Floyd, the choice to wear a mask or not, or an untruth uttered by a leader—can create ripples on the future, a beat and rhythm against which history is composed.
The images in Amen Break hover delicately around the tumult and uncertainty of this year, effecting an uncanny mix of tranquillity and stillness, under which bubble tension, emotion, and isolation. A swirling, rushing city comes to a deceptively peaceful stop.
Missed-delivery slips litter empty windows, yellowing newspapers decompose on stoops, and naked mannequins bear witness to one of the greatest periods of economic and social turmoil in living memory. Dwelling alongside these small marks of absence are looted shopfronts, political posters, the residue of protests, makeshift morgues, and the social-distancing apparatuses that have ushered in a new order of everyday life.
Presented in a broadsheet newspaper format, Amen Break looks outward from a decisive year to contemplate what comes next. Shop this book at MENDO.