About

Pulk-Pull* is, as the title says, an on-going investigation of Radiohead‘s music and art. If you have helplessly stumbled onto this site and have no idea who or what Radiohead is: read this Wikipedia entry and/or these biographies at greenplastic.com and/or at ateaseweb.com.

The site was created on January 22, 2001 by Joseph Tate (also @josephtate) in Seattle, WA in the United States and since then he has been the sole author. He has published an academic essay on Radiohead’s antivideos in the journal Postmodern Culture and lectured on the band in France, the U.K., and the U.S. He edited a collection of essays investigating the band’s music and art that was published in May 2005. He has an essay on Karl Marx and Radiohead in Radiohead and Philosophy, a collection published in 2009. He lives in Seattle, WA.

The site takes its name from “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors,” the third song on the band’s fifth studio album entitled Amnesiac. For more information on the word “pulk,” see Message 40. The site’s individual entries are referred to as “messages.” This derives from “In Limbo,” the seventh song on the band’s fourth studio album entitled Kid A in which the song’s speaker receives unreadable messages: “Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea / Another message I can’t read.” Given this as context, the site’s messages are often unreadable or non-traditional readings: the site’s interpretative method is non-linear, rhizomatic (after Deleuze and Guattari). As the above implies, the band’s music and art are treated as texts—cultural objects woven (hence “text” like “textile,” from Latin texere, to weave) together from pre-existing materials, traditions.

No information on Pulk-Pull* is definitive. As Message 15 reads, quoting the phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty: “[...] we find in texts only what we put into them [...].” French phenomenology aside, a guiding principle is that readers participate in the texts they read: what one reader discovers, another discards.

The site’s readership spans North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Readers occasionally submit information to the site. When I post such information, the contributor is credited. Not all submitted material is used.

You can contact Joseph using this email address: joseph @ pulk-pull.org.

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