Gene Youngblood

1942 Writer Critic

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Gene Youngblood was a foundational critic of the Los Angeles avant-garde. Beginning in the early 1960s he wrote about local culture and cinema for the 'Los Angeles Herald-Examiner' and eventually for 'The Los Angeles Free Press,' he also hosted a weekly radio program on KPFK. His writing provided foundational insight into the Los Angeles avant-garde, psychedelic culture, and experimental uses of technology. In 1970, he consolidated these ideas into a volume entitled EXPANDED CINEMA, a comprehensive alternative to New York-based perspectives on experimental film. Youngblood was also a founding member of the faculty in the Critical Studies department at the California Institute for the Arts. He is currently working on a book series and documentary regarding his life called SECESSION FROM BROADCAST: GENE YOUNGBLOOD AND THE COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION.