Just a quick update! First, The Rozz Williams Scholar Society on YouTube has announced
an upcoming interview with Chuck Collison. Chuck ran the Happiest Tapes On Earth label
for several years, and released not only Premature Ejaculation, but also several other
critcally acclaimed noise and electronic artists in the mid-to-late Eighties. Chuck was a
primary contributor to Premature Ejaculation during this era, and contributed material for
"Pig". Keep an eye on the channel for dates and information.
Discovered just last night...after being on Rozznet for more than a decade, an error I made
when building the audio page, has been realized. The concert for Paris, La Sabale was not what was
shared, and was not what was included on the cassette that was pictured. The audio that was shared
was from Theatre Du Forum. The original bootleg cassette that was imaged, contained the audio from
Les Bains Douches. To be clear, there are images of La Sabale, so it is a show from the '84 Tour,
however, there's no known recording of this show. Though much of this tour was recorded by fans, this
show is not known to exist, along with a handful of other shows from the tour. So, my theory, and I'm sticking to it...
my mistake in coding Rozznet a hunndred years ago resulted in a "La Sabale" show traded via torrent, file sharing,
and physical tape traders. I would propose, if you obtained your "La Sabale" show in the past 10-ish years,
compare it to Theatre Du Forum, or Les Bains Douches and see if it doesn't match up. What can I do but
apologize to anyone who gave up a precious item, or paid money to someone to obtain this show. If, a huge if -
I should ever have La Sabale cross my desk, I will feed it to RWSS or here so everyone can have it for
I wish all of you the best!
RozzNet is (nearly) 25 Years Old! And it's been nearly 5 Years since anyone updated the mechanics of these pages. Sadly, today
is not the day, and I am not the person. I may pop in to make some corrections to information, and delete the code that has
been mutilated over the decade since I left, but the future of Rozznet's overall design will be a reflection of someone else's
With that said, there are number of things out there that I may as well share, for that one person that still looks to Rozznet
to be the news source for all things Rozz. Ever see that Carol Burnett sketch where she is Harvey Korman's mistress, and he
assures he, that he is going to leave his wife and marry her? That is probably a good indicator of how this has been going for you.
Let's get into some releases, in no particular order.
'Every King A Bastard Son' was released by Cleopatra Records in late 2021.
Originally released in 1992 on compact disc, this is the first time it is available on vinyl.
Packaged in a gatefold cover, with both original and interpretive album art, and pressed on
either red or blue vinyl. These are limited pressings, likely to be pressed in limited pressings
when the original limited pressings run out. I will call this the "Boy Harsher" effect, but let's be
serious, Cleopatra won that race long before the members of Boy Harsher were even conceived.
It is available here: Every King A Bastard Son LP
Next up, was the much delayed debut of 'Dream For The Dying' on vinyl; thanks Adele!
Also from our friends at Cleopatra Records; perhaps an homage to the original album.
Packaged in a gatefold (reasons?) and pressed on a gorgeous black/purple splatter.
You will get most of the songs you remember from this classic album, and a surprise that
I will leave you to research on your own. You're welcome!
It is available here: Dreams For The Dying LP
While we are on board the Cleopatra Records express, let's move straight on to 'Rozz Williams - In His Own Words - Christian Death and Beyond'.
Are you a fan of the Exocet font? Great! Painstakingly researched, and deeply insightful; Dave Thompson, world-respected and
critically acclaimed music author, has constructed a comprehensive look into the world that was Rozz Williams. Rife with interviews,
photographs, and personal recollections, this is a great resource for both new and exhausted fans of Rozz Williams. I don't know what happened to the
gigography here, but that's why you have us at Rozznet, right? Setting the record straight... every half-decade or so.
Did I mention it comes with a 7-Inch record in red or clear? I didn't? I wonder why?
It is available here: Rozz Williams - In His Own Words
I hope you like reading! Because there's another book?! I know. Years of deserted island, waiting for a messgae in the
bottle, Cleopatra giving us reclaimed water to keep us alive, and then it's a Gilligan's Island made for TV movie with tons of
special guest stars (Morgan Fairchild... probably). So, Nico B./Cult Epics (I assume) and renowned punk photographer, Edward Colver,
have partnered to present a wealth of images taken between 1981-1982 of Rozz Williams and Christian Death. There are the images we
are all familiar with, the ones adorning 'Only Theatre Of Pain' and seen, plagiarized all over the internet, and with this
compendium, a deeper look at those photo sessions with never before seen images of the band. If you are spending the money in your
Rozz swear jar on only one thing, probably should be this. And as a bonus, you can add another copy of 'Only Theatre Of Pain'
AND 'Deathwish' to your collection, as special versions of the hard cover will offer the book, and a double vinyl. You can even obtain
copies signed by the band (probably not Rozz), or a copy signed by Ed Colver. Available in soft cover as well if price is a
consideration. There will be a website to accompany this release, with an extensive biography, and I think a revised and
comprehensive gig list. If there's no gig list, you can count on your family at Rozznet to update you. James Coleman has been kind enough to share a link with us, thank you!
Order here: Christian Death by Edward Colver at Headline Records
Lastly and most importantly! Gitane Demone Quartet along with a whole host of familiar and new friends have recently released
'Retrospekt'. Beautifully filmed, and captured by Sam Hare, this live performance is an avant-garde and artistic journey into
the exploration of Sun Ra's, "Retrospekt" at Cafe Nela. Everything Gitane puts her spirit into, returns love and light, and when
she surrounds herself with talent, improvisation, and creative thinkers - the journey is unforgettable.
Check out the full video here: Retrospekt at YouTube
That's really it for now and who knows how long? You may notice some corrections to the bio and/or performances, that's just
some maintenance. Until the bug bites again, much love to you all!
Ron Marrs (Haloe - for the oldskoolers).
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RozzNet is 20 Years Old! We have a few different new images done by some wonderful artists to commemorate our 20th Anniversary. Our new intro image was designed by the extremely wicked artist GRIS GRIMLY! We have limited edition Posters, Vinyl Stickers, Enamel Pins, Buttons, Prayer Candles, and Post Cards available with this design, and with other designs as well. These items are available here, or you can email us directly.
NOW Available! The new GITANE DEMONE QUARTET album PAST THE SUN on DARK VINYL Records .
From Dark Vinyl: There are a lot of known variables to the members of the GITANE DEMONE QUARTET. The precision-punk chording of RIKK AGNEW (Adolescents / Christian Death / Social Distortion). The dexterous textured and sophisticated keyboard sounds of Paul Roessler (The Screamers / 45 Grave / Nina Hagen Band). The nimble and persuasive percussion electronics of DEB VENOM (Aunty Trust). And at the fore, the voice like no other, the darkly compelling and poetic wailing of GITANE DEMONE (Christian Death / The Crystelles).
Together they generate a unique sound seething with vitality and rich in imagination that far outreaches the sum of it's parts. Flirting with the most aggressive and surreal elements of each of their past projects, the GITANE DEMONE QUARTET stirs a violent cauldron that splashes out far beyond the parameters of any genre expected of them.
They HAUNT. They ROCK. They LOVE.
Nico B. is planning to release a HARDCOVER edition of THE ART OF ROZZ WILLIAMS. This book has long been out of print, and the previous publisher has no intentions for it's reissue. Nico, therefore has started an INDIEGOGO campaign to fund the reissue. There are many options for you to choose from to secure your copy today! Get yours!.
PREMATURE EJACULATION - DEATH CULTURES to be re-released on May 9, 2014 by Italian Label Looney-Tick Productions.
DEATH CULTURES was originally released in 1987 by Happiest Tapes On Earth. This release has been re-mastered, will have different cover art and will come in a high quality digipak on professional CDR in a very limited 100 copies.
Also, check out a new review of SLEEPING DOGS
on Heathen Harvest
Record Store Day is here and there is a NEW Limited EDWARD COLVER edition Christian Death 7 inch!
Frontier Records is releasing this two track on white vinyl as one of their offerings for Record Store Day !
This 7 inch gate-fold single features never-before-seen photos of Rozz Williams and the band taken by the legendary Edward Colver.
Limited edition of 2,500 includes a stunning poster.
These are sure to go fast, so make sure to visit your local participating brick and mortar record shop!
Happy New Year from all of us at RozzNet.com! A lot happened over the last year! Here is a refresher in case anyone missed it!
Lethal Amounts put on a large scale Rozz Williams Exhibit
the whole month of April. This was the largest collection of friends, family and fans ever presented to the public. They also offered
some very limited edition prints and shirts for the event. The items included a poster/shirt combo by fellow musician Ignacio "Iggy Vamp" Segovia
and a never before published silkscreen of Rozz from the Only Theatre of Pain days by legendary photographer Edward Colver. Hopefully some of you were able
to grab up some of these rare items.
Frontier Records also came back on the scene almost two years after the Anniversary rematered version of Only Theatre of Pain
with cassette issues. Yes for all you nostalgic folks, cassette tapes! The issue offers 4 different colors; silver, gold, black & white and the
parchment variation. You can grab these rather cheap from Frontier Records along with a second pressing of the vinyl Anniversary issue on
Nico B. has been rather busy this year as well. In April he released the follow up to PIG, 1334. A fictional story based on the last
few hours of Rozz Williams. They film was released as a double feature set (PIG & 1334) throught his company Cult Epics. More recently his company
put out a series of live recordings called "Sleeping Dogs". This release is available in a iTunes edition, very limited double vinyl release and a CD release in
November of this past year.
Gitane DeMone has started up a new website this summer as well as a new release! Head
on over to her site to check it out. Ryan Wildstar has also been busy putting together his latest release
available on his site for digital download.
A lot has transpired over the course of the last two years. We want to send well wishes to Ron Marrs, he has left RozzNet to spend more time with his family. RozzNet is currently working on a major project to be announced in April. Gitane has a new album out on iTunes, visit her site for more information. Last month saw the European release of "Sleeping Dogs". Put out by Nico B and Cult Epics, Sleeping Dogs takes bootlegs some of us may have all ready heard and gives them a nice remaster for Rozz's 50th birthday. Simply look it up on Ebay and Amazon to find it!
By now you've either seen or heard about the remastered, reissued release of "Only Theatre Of
Pain" on Frontier Records. This will be the most sought after version of OTOP since the Japanese
pressing on King Records. Initial copies of the lp will be on violet wax, and a very limited number will
include a bonus 7-inch featuring two unreleased tracks: "Cavity: First Communion (Alternative Version)" /
"The Lord's Prayer". The compact disc version will include "Deathwish". Also, pre-orders will receive a
limited edition poster promoting the release. Orders begin shipping on 10 May, so pre-order your copy soon,
here: Frontier Records.
In an age of high-priced vinyl, this is an amazing deal for under $20, please do not miss out. Please note:
as of right now, only the vinyl versions including the bonus seven-inch are limited in quantity, as well
as the posters.
Here's the official statement from Frontier Records: "The founding fathers of American goth-rock,
CHRISTIAN DEATH released their debut, Only Theatre of Pain, on Frontier Records in March 1982, and that
landmark album has had an enormous influence on goth, death-rock, dark-wave, metal and even industrial
music scenes all over the world, shaping the approach of more bands than can be counted. Led by vocalist
and founder Rozz Williams, the CHRISTIAN DEATH of Only Theatre of Pain included guitarist Rikk Agnew,
fresh out of The ADOLESCENTS, bassist James McGearty, drummer George Belanger and backing vocals
from SUPERHEROINES leader (and Rozz's future wife), Eva O. as well as performance artist Ron Athey.
It was this line-up, with its dirgy, effects-laden guitar riffs and ambient horror-soundtrack synths,
that crystalized the ominous post-punk sound that has established this album as the ultimate archetype
of goth sensibility. Genre touchstones include "Romeo's Distress," "Spiritual Cramp" and
"Mysterium Iniquitatis." This reissue features Rozz Williams's original hand-drawn art and calligraphy,
and an additional period photo by Ed Colver, all set against a parchment-like background. Frontier
has digitally remastered the audio for both the LP and CD, the latter containing the Deathwish EP as a bonus.
The first pressing of the LP, itself on violet-colored vinyl, will include a black-vinyl 7" single in a
white paper sleeve featuring two unreleased tracks: "Cavity - First Communion (alternative version)"
and "The Lord's Prayer."
April 2011 will see the release of Caustic Zombies by Dagger Vision Films and will feature the music
of Premature Ejaculation from the Rozznet.com release of "6". The film is currently in post-production.
It was shot in Pennsylvania, and the story is built around the disaster that occured at Three Mile Island.
It's currently unclear how or if the current nuclear emergency in Japan will affect the release of the movie.
More information is available here:
Caustic Zombies at Wikipedia.
"6" has officially been released by Malaise Music.
The source material for 6 was provided by John Collins and was remastered and repackaged for this series. Painstaking efforts
were made to recreate the intended graphics for this release and Scottie has done an absolutely amazing job.
"6" was previously released by Rozznet.com in 2001 in extremely limited quantities.
An effort is being made to provide the original
unaltered images for the current Malaise Music, Rozz Williams: The Lost Recordings series. Because much of the
imagery that adorned the original artwork is banned in some European countries (i.e. swastikas), many of the covers
have been made safe to sell, ship, and own. Many fans have requested the original covers, so Rozznet is in talks with
Malaise Music to provide those to fans as a free download. More details coming soon.
Lastly - updates to Rozznet have stalled. This will begin to correct itself now that more pressing projects are beginning
to be cleared from my plate. As many have noticed, the front entrance page has changed. I would like to note that the
message that adorned the front page remains.
'Necessary Discomforts: an Artistic tribute to Rozz Williams'
from Nov 12th thru the 14th at Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, CA. With a very special reception on the 13th
from 8pm to 11pm with many special guests! Featuring artwork by Rozz Williams and those he inspired:
Ryan Wildstar (EXP, The Whorse’s Mouth), Jill Emery (The Asexuals, Shadow Project, The Decadent,
Super Heroines), Doriandra (EXP), Ace Farren Ford (EXP), and Paris Sadonis (Shadow Project, EXP, The Whorse's Mouth),
Lorin Morgan-Richards, Michele Witchipoo, Jeremy Cross, David Richardson, Nicolas Caesar, Frankie Babylon, Gina N. Turcios,
Mike Textbeak. Nico B will have his new film 1334 available (a second part to his film PIG, which focuses on Rozz's last days),
Steve Darrow (Asexuals, The Decadent, Super Heroines) will be displaying a cruficix made by Rozz (he held on the back cover
of Only Theatre of Pain album) and some other rare early items.'
Le théâtre des douleurs (And What About The Bells) by Sébastien Michaud was released
by publisher, Camion Blanc on 18 October 2010.
First, the good news: Despite being in the works and rumored for nearly a decade, this body of work has finally
come to light and is available. Along with an exhaustive and detailed biography, are a collection of
unpublished poems and writings by Rozz Williams that have been collected and compiled by Ryan Wildstar
and translated into French by Lydie Barbarian. The book is rounded out by a complete discography, and gigography -
painstakingly pieced together by Anton Desmazeau, John Collins and Scottie - as well as users on The Land Of
Rozz forum. Alltogether, Le théâtre des douleurs (And What About The Bells) is a staggering 444 pages.
Now the bad: The book is available through Camion Blanc's website for 38 Euro, or $53 + shipping. Amazon.fr also has the item
listed for around $50 + shipping. Unfortunately, much of the contents of the book are in French, and
an English version (though rumored), would likely be a year away at best. Consider that it's a French
book about Rozz - many American publishers would be looking for some sort of demand on a large scale
to facilitate a desire to spend the money to publish it not only in English but in America. That, or
philanthropists that are also Rozz fans (not too many of those?!) Because of these limitations, the
book is a must have. Though it does not appear to be limited in nature - my recommendation is not to wait.
Official Press Release: With more than 60 black & white pictures and original documents, as well as many exclusive interviews, "Le Théâtre des douleurs" goes back over the whole career of Rozz Williams, from Christian Death to Shadow Project, including Premature Ejaculation and his other solo projects.
In the second part of the book: nearly 70 texts and unreleased poems by Rozz Williams, compiled and published in their original version under the title "And What About the Bells?" by his former collaborator Ryan Wildstar, and translated for the first time in French by the Franco-British journalist Lydie Barbarian.
The performance list has finally been amended to match the extensive research John Collins and Scottie has
done for the forthcoming book by Ryan Wildstar. Next up is a discography revision and then onto the unouched sections from
Rozz Williams: The Lost Recordings has begun it's roll-out to fans. A website has been built
to offer more information about the series as well as each release. This series has been painstakingly
compiled by John Collins after the purchase of a series of tapes that contained some of Rozz Williams'
unreleased recordings of Premature Ejaculation, Heltir and additional noise projects. The intention
of the sale of these "lost recordings" was to put them in the hands of a Rozz fan that was most likely
to help them see the light of day. Through conversations with Ron Marrs, it was discovered that he possessed
an additional 8 cassettes of the same nature. The idea of for a series of releases to capture this time capsule
of Rozz's body of work took shape, and an graphic artist as well as a sound engineer offered their services
to recreate the original artwork and remaster all of the original material. Chuck Collison and Erik Freeman
were approached and they offered their blessings for the releases to go forward. Dark Vinyl, a long-standing
supporter of Rozz's noise-projects came on board to exclusively distribute the series. There
has never been such a comprehensive compiling of Rozz's material, and never such time, energy and cooperation
of talent to bring these recordings to fans. The series is not limited; there is no reason to ever pay criminal
amounts of money on eBay for these recordings any longer. These will be of far superior quality than anything
available to date. There is no money to be made on these recordings either: cost to manufacture and distribute are precisely reflected
in the price to sell. The motivation driving this series is to benefit the fan: the fan who paid $50 on eBay to get a
dodgy copy of a copy of some Happiest Place On Earth release that probably was incomplete and full of 'unwanted' noise;
to benefit the fans who can't find all the recordings they know exist but because they were so limited, has little chance
of ever finding one; and finally for the fan who appreciates Rozz's noise projects and the diversity they offer and wants
the remastered, first-time-ever on cd releases.
For more information:
Dark Vinyl / Going Underground
Rozz Williams: The Lost Recordings YouTube