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The first collection of the texts by one of the world's leading and most controversial performance artists
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Serpent's Tail
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Abel
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you seen her performances? All of the voices are Diamanda Galas, solo voce, il sono l'Anticristo, singing through four octaves like an amplified soul; the microphones, four or five in all, are all plugged into different speakers, and the speakers are located in Babylon, Akeldama, Golgotha, and Circle #9. And maybe one in the secret porno room in the Vatican.

  1. Multimike Declamations = 3 minutes
space : S32O → monophonic and/triphonic + → stereophonic
use notes 3,4
processing : mik
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Tim
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you need escapist, cheery songs to simplistically lift your spirits and distract your mind from the tribulations of life - if you want a soothing voice (in terms of words AND sound) - LEAVE NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN! YOU HAVE JUST ENTERED DIAMANDA GALAS TERRITORY!

Diamanda Galas is a singer/musician/AIDS activist and (this I was unaware of until I read the book) former immunologist. Her work can rarely be described as sunny or cheerful, because it delves in dark areas, but there is an element of
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Scott
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't care what anybody says, but song lyrics presented as poetry never work. Not even great song lyrics. On top of that, the lyrics here vacillate between 1) images of death and religion that fail to rise above a high school goth level of depth, and 2) utter gibberish. This is really lost without the music.

There are a couple of isolated moments that are brilliant. I particularly liked the last passage, her violent and pornographic depiction of her raping a music critic, if only for its boldne
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Daniel Levesque
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Shit of God" takes every activist cell in my body and makes it question just what the fuck it thinks it's doing. "Not enough," says my brain. "Your activist cells are not doing enough..."
A beautiful collection of the written words used in her performances, the texts read like poetry. If you like Diamanda Galas, you should eat this book.
Mike
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I absolutely fucking adore Diamanda, but honestly, this book is utterly useless.

As poetry without the music, this book doesn't work. You really need the music otherwise this does come off as drivel. Such is the way with music-less lyrics a lot of the time, especially from a performer who is all about embodiment, delivery, and the inhibition of a certain elemental spirit. Diamanda's not the right person to give this treatment; you absolutely have to hear her. It's blasphemous to try to market her
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Robert Beveridge
Oct 03, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: Existing Galas fans
Diamanda Galás, The Shit of God (High Risk Books, 1996)

Printing a book of song lyrics and marketing it as poetry is a very risky proposition indeed. In my experience, maybe 20% of them work intermittently. I've only ever encountered one that worked from first page to last, Nick Cave's now woefully long out-of-print King Ink. (Cave's novels, by the by, are equally enchanting and come highly recommended at Goat Central.) The Shit of God, which covers Diamanda Galás' work from the earliest days (“W
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CuntyLicious
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: none-fiction
Honestly? i got it simply because it was an autographed copy.
Unless you're knowledgeable about her Background, opinions, activism, and her rich musical history, you won't find anything sustainable here.
but, if you're a devotee of Miss Galas, then, it's a must own.
Trevor Woodhouse
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore Diamanda and think she is a genius but she too often resorts to childish name calling and humor becoming a teenager which hurts her overall tone. Some of her work is brilliant and others just incoherent blather unfortunately. She is amazing though nonetheless.
Joel
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Diamanda Galas's texts are interspersed with biblical passages, poetry from renowned writers and her own thoughts. The songs, searing, the lyrics, while may be deemed iconoclastic and groundbreaking struck me as something coming from someone who is really sad and lonely. I guess, that's just me.
Mara
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not for the faint of heart, nor would I recommend this to anyone who is NOT familiar with Diamanda Galas’s musical catalogue.

She speaks out for the voices of those unheard, swept under the rug that society places in our doorway of what is acceptable. Loudly do we hear the cries of those who have survived rape, abuse, and mental anguish in its many many guises.

This work, her work, teaches us to be loud. To be unapologetic. To bring down the predators that would otherwise have us disappear into t
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TyLean
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was rather disappointed with this book as I assumed it was more a collection of essays and rants by Diamanda, but in fact, it's simply a collection of lyrics and photos with SOME extra text. It's perfect for the collector, but if you are wanting to better understand Diamanda's exquisite work, there isn't much in this book that can't be found on her albums.
Lisa
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Shit of God: The Texts of Diamanda Gal
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Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, dark, and humorous!
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Diamanda Galás is an American-born avant-garde performance artist, vocalist, keyboardist, and composer of Greek heritage.

Known for her expert piano as well as her distinctive, operatic voice, which has a three and a half octave range, Galás has been described as "capable of the most unnerving vocal terror." Galás often shrieks, howls, and seems to imitate glossolalia in her performances. Her works
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