I WAS A JACK SMITH LOVE ZOMBIE
HISTORICAL TREASURES, Hanuman, 1989
Smith: WAIT FOR ME AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL: The Writings
of Jack Smith, Serpents Tale, 1997
thirty years of astonishing activity as a filmmaker, photographer
and performer, Jack Smith produced a body of creative, antic
writing that intersects and transcends the genres of hothouse
fantasy, criticism and social comment. Bringing together long
unavailable essays, performance scripts, interviews and other
material, Wait for me at the Bottom of the Pool reveals the
ideas and personality of an artist whose distinctive vision
has influenced generations of filmmakers and performance artists.
With caustic wit, Smith praises the performances of Maria
Montez as well as the sculpture of Walter de Maria, examines
the cult success of Reefer Madness and the uses of pornography,
and discusses the perils of democracy, the evils of property
and the police state, art history and architecture”.
Edward Leffingwell and J. Hoberman: JACK SMITH: FLAMING
His Amazing Life and Times Serpents Tail, 1997
“Creator of the notorious film Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith
astonished an international audience with his work in film,
photography, theater, performance and the written word. Example
and antagonist to generations of artists and performers. Revered
by Robert Wilson, denounced by Kenneth Anger, imitated by
Andy Warhol, Jack Smith is ready for his close-up, on location
in the streets and ruins of the world”. (Quotations from publishers
This volume recognizes Smith's seminal contributions and the
need for a significant rethinking of the history of the American
'I genuflect before Jack Smith, the only true 'underground'
'He was uncompromising. He had everything'
'Gadfly, trickster, visionary… Jack Smith changed the art
world. In what seems like tamer times, it's great to look
back at a genuine and truly out there revolutionary'
'Jack is the daddy of us all'
'Jack Smith is the hidden source of practically everything
that's of any interest in the so-called experimental American
theater today. Absolutely'