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The Luther Blissett Enigma

Radio Eye    Sunday 11/03/01  8.30pm 

(Australian Radio  abc ) 

  “By exploring every conceivable avenue down which it is possible to
escape the 
  shackles of a conventional identity, Luther Blissett infuses the world
with a 
  fresh vitality.” - Luther Blissett (1998) 

  Luther Blissett is a black British footballer who was ‘bought’ for a
record fee 
  by the prestigious Italian club AC Milan in the early 1980s. He
  played a disastrous season and became a symbol of heroic failure in
  Somehow by the 90s Luther Blissett had become a ‘multiple name’ used
  media-savvy, culture-jamming Italian activists. Articles, exhibitions, 
  performances, best-selling books, CDs and numerous hoaxes were
attributed to the 
  increasingly ubiquitous Luther, until even the venerable writer and
  Umberto Eco was suspected of being Luther. Numerous Luther events and 
  appearances led to media scandals, public outrage and violent
  with police. 
  Much more than a prank, the Luther Blissett phenomenon proposes
radical new ways 
  to consider identity, originality and collective action in a world
obsessed with 
  individual celebrity and continued a tradition of multiple names
reaching back 
  to the Berlin Dadaists. 
  ‘The Luther Blissett Enigma’ charts the history of Luther from his
  beginnings as a footballer to his mutation into an international
cultural virus 
  and his eventual Japanese-style ritual suicide on New Year’s Day,
2000. The 
  program includes accounts of Luther’s first sighting as a multiple
identity on 
  the Rome underground, his conversations with fellow multiple-namer
Karen Eliot, 
  commentary from Blissett scholars Stewart Home and Vittore Baroni and
  music and text by Luther Blissett. 
  Luther Blissett is played by veteran Australian actor, Norman Kaye. 

  Sound engineer: Andrei Shabunov 
  Producer: Brent Clough 

Unfortunately as yet we are not streamed, although some programmes are
on demand with REal Audio. Neither are we picked up by Radio Australia
which is 
the overseas part of the ABC, so it makes it hard for listeners anywhere

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