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Andy Zax

Andy Zax (@andyzax) is a Grammy-nominated music producer. Brilliant Colors, his anthology of Tupper Saussy’s Neon Philharmonic recordings, was released in 2004. Under the alias @Discographies, his writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Daily, and on Twitter. In 2010 The Village Voice hailed him as its music critic of the year. His favorite section in any used record store is “Miscellaneous.”

November 15, 2013

On the afternoon of April 9, 1987, a man stood outside the United States penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. He had been convicted of one count of willful failure to file an income tax return and sentenced to a year in prison. His orders from the court were to surrender himself to the institution before April 10. While an accomplice rolled videotape, the man outside the prison, who was both a literalist and something of a showman, held up the day’s newspaper and announced: “I surrender to the institution!”