The Society of the Spectacle – introduction

Will Self has written a long introduction to Notting Hill Editions’ small and beautifully formed new hardback publication of Guy Debord’s Situationist masterpiece The Society of the Spectacle, originally published in 1967.

“Never before has Debord’s work seemed quite as relevant as it does now, in the permanent present that he so accurately foretold. Open it, read it, be amazed, pour yourself a glass of supermarket wine – as he would wish – and then forget all about it, which is what the Spectacle wants.”

You can buy a copy for £10 from the Notting Hill Edition website here.

A shorter, edited version of Will’s introduction can be read here at the Guardian Review.

You can also watch The Society of the Spectacle film from 1973 here: