Item #6898 Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti [The Return of the Durutti Column]. André Bertrand.

Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti [The Return of the Durutti Column]

Strasbourg: Association fédérative générale des étudiants de Strasbourg, 1966. Offset. [4 pp]. 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (folded), 19 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (unfolded). Text in French. Very good; minor edge wear, mild wrinkling and creasing at top and bottom edge, tear on back cover bottom edge (~1 in.). Item #6898

Situationist comic illustrated by André Bertrand and distributed during student protests at Strasbourg University in October 1966.

Printed using unsanctioned university funds and pasted around the Strasbourg University campus in the fall of 1966, this influential broadsheet comic expounded the plight of workers while poking fun at the family, society, and Marxist orthodoxy. Its juxtaposition of found imagery and leftist text is a classic example of Situationist ‘détournement,’ or the appropriation of mass media images to subvert their original meaning, often to satirical effect. This comic is rich with era-specific social and political commentary, and its public display played a major role in introducing Situationist ideas to a wider audience.

Although named after an anarchist militia in the Spanish Civil War, which itself takes its name from the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist militant Buenaventura Durruti, its borrowed title is misspelled. This name—misspelling and all—was later used by the Manchester post-punk band Durutti Column, whose 1980 debut studio album was titled “The Return of the Durutti Column.” Factory Records also included a sticker reproducing the panel that détournes an American Western in its famed first release, “A Factory Sample.”.

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