Episode 33 with Joseph Gervasi
Joseph A. Gervasi’s youthful punk projects included The Cabbage Collective,NO LONGER A FANzine, Philly Zine, and The Orgasmic Toilet Band.
Non-punk later projects include Exhumed Films (www.ExhumedFilms.com) and his business, Diabolik DVD (www.DiabolikDVD.com).
Joseph co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks. It was a live musical accompaniment to the 1970 Czech New Wave film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Live performances were held in Philadelphia, MoMA in NYC, Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and around North America. A CD/LP was released by Drag City in the US and Finders Keepers in the UK. The music and interviews with Joseph and Greg Weeks appear on the Criterion Collection release of the film.
Joseph’s less youthful punk project is LOUD! FAST! PHILLY!, an “aural history” of hardcore punk in Philadelphia. These interviews (along with portraits of many of the interview subjects by Karen Kirchhoff) can be found at www.LoudFastPhilly.com or wherever podcasts can be heard.
More recently Joseph has been involved with the Pete Buttigieg campaign, the organization Veterans For Responsible Leadership (www.VFRL.org), and the Dr. Jill Biden For First Lady Facebook page.
Joseph lives in Philadelphia.