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IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AND I FEEL FINE

I just wanna get radical!

—Matt Archbold, professional surfer, 1987

I want my future work to operate in the interchange between Robert Smithson’s unfinished project and Michael Jackson’s face.

—Ashley Bickerton, 1988

IN FRANCE THEY CALL them enfants terribles. In Italy you might hear duri. Here in America, we call them bad boys. We find them in our movies, we find them in our literature. Rock music, since its inspired invention back in the ’50s, has perhaps been the most comfortable home for our bad boys. Its thesis is one of giving it all—chills, thrills, passion, and pathos—and bad boys and bad girls are best at that. Look at Elvis, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith, and Prince at the height of their powerful youths. And look at the 1987 video by R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”: a young Turk—he can’t be more than 15—alone in a Gordon

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