Ronald Nameth Bibliography
Angell, Callie (in press). The Films of Andy Warhol.
James, David E. (1989). Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Renan, Sheldon (1967). An Introduction to the American Underground Film New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.
Whitehall, Richard (1968). "Nameth/Warhol replace arc with strobe" Los Angeles Free Press (January 5).
Youngblood, Gene (1968). "Ronald Nameth Exploding Plastic Inevitable" Los Angeles Free Press (January 12).
Youngblood, Gene (1970). Expanded Cinema., New York: E.P. Dutton Co.
Press Quotes - EPI
"Suddenly the intermedia shows are all over town..Theirs remains the most dramatic expression of the contemporary generation. The place where its needs and desperations are most dramatically split open. At the Plastic Inevitable it is All Here and Now and the Future."
--Jonas Mekas, Village Voice
"A Three-ring psychosis that assaults the senses with the sights and sounds of the total environment syndrome ... Discordant music, throbbing cadences, pulsating tempo."
"Not since the Titanic ran into that iceberg has there been such a collision as when Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable burst upon the audiences at The Trip Tuesday. For once a Happening really happened, and it took Warhol to come out from New York to show how it's done. "
--Los Angeles Times
"Warhol's brutal assemblage --non-stop horror show. He has indeed put together a total environment, but it is an assemblage that actually vibrates with menace, cynicism, and perversion. To experience it is to be brutalized, helpless. --you're in any kind of horror you want to imagine, from police state to mad house. Eventually the reverberations in your ears stop. But what do you do with what you still hear in your brain ? The flowers of evil are in full bloom with the Exploding Plastic Inevitable."
--Michaela Williams, Chicago Daily News
"Shatteringly contemporary --the electronic music, loud enough to make the room and the mind vibrate in unison --Nico, the beautiful flaxen-haired girl, the noise, the lights, the film and the dances build to a screeching crescendo."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"The Velvet Underground, a group whose howling, throbbing beat is amplified and extended by electronic dial-twiddling, has a sound hard to describe, even harder to duplicate, but haunting in its uniqueness. And with the Velvets come the blonde, bland, beautiful Nico, another cooler Dietrich for another cooler generation. Art has come to the discotheque and it will never be the same again."
--John Wilcock, East Village Other
"The sound is a savage series of atonal thrusts and electronic feedback. The lyrics combine Sado-Masochistic frenzy with free-association imagery. The whole sound seems to be the product of a secret marriage between Bob Dylan and The Marquis de Sade."
--Richard Goldstein, New York World Journal-Tribune
"The rock 'n roll music gets louder, the dancers get more frantic, and the lights start going on and off like crazy. And there are spotlights blinking in our eyes, and car horns beeping, and Gerard Malanga and the dancers are shaking like mad, and you don't think the noise can get any louder, and then it does, until there is one rhythmic tidal wave of sound, pressing down around you, just impure enough so you can still get the beat; the audience, all of it fused together into one magnificent moment of hysteria."
--George English, Fire Island News
"Nico, astonishing --the macabre face --so beautifully resembles a momento mori, the marvelous deathlike voice coming from the lovely blond head."
--David Antim, Art News