The Dark Bob

The Dark Bob

Born in Santa Monica, California, The Dark Bob began his performance art career in 1975 when he co-founded the multi-media art team of Bob & Bob. This early work has been historicized in books, catalogs and documentary profiles for television, radio and film. He is generally regarded as a "pioneer" in L.A. performance art.

His one-man, multi-media shows combine song, dance, film, storytelling, live on-stage painting and comedy. He toured the United States extensively with Partectijed (For Everyone), Uncontrollable Love and Tales From The Dark Bob. He has performed not only at museums and galleries, but also universities, nightclubs, theatres, county fairs, honkytonks and large concerts.

His music has been produced by PolyGram/Polydor Records, Chronic Interactive Media, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), High Performance Records and his own label MITB Records. His songs, soundtracks and audio-works have been programmed on radio and featured in theatre pieces and feature films. Notable collaborations: Kabbalamobile with performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and Andy Dick & The Dark Bob with actor/comedian Andy Dick.

The Dark Bob's artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations) have been exhibited in galleries and museums across America and around the world.

He has been featured on numerous local television shows around the U.S. and has appeared many times on radio stations in this country and abroad. Additionally, the artist has been included in several film and video documentaries. Notably: “Life & Time Tonight”, KCET-PBS TV profile, "California Stories", KCET-PBS - TV profile, NPR (National Public Radio) profile by Elizabeth Perez Luna, "Views From L.A", by MVC - TV, "Young Turks", a documentary film by Stephen Seemayer, The Pacifica Radio National Network Interview, "The Territory of Art”, Produced by The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).

Numerous profiles, articles and reviews have been written on The Dark Bob. From the most eclectic art journals as well as mass media publications both local, national and international. Notably: The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, The Chicago Reader, Artforum and Artweek.

The Dark Bob recently organized and hosted All Stars of LA Performance Art. This seven part series featured some of the most renowned and influential performance artists in the nation as well as several pieces by emerging artists. These shows helped revitalize performance in Los Angeles and played to sold out crowds in LA’s most prestigious large nightclubs.
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The Dark Bob Discography Tracks


AIN 0001 The Dark Bob Uncontrollable Love(LP) An Illuminated Nation AIN 0001 US 1987 Sell This Version
5853-2 The Dark Bob An Ever Ominous Dream(CD, Album) MITB Records 5853-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
00118-5854-2 The Dark Bob Kingdom Come(CD, Album) MITB Records 00118-5854-2 US 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HP 001 Lewis MacAdams, Jr., The Dark Bob Lewis MacAdams, Jr., The Dark Bob - Beirut(7", S/Sided, Thi) High Performance Records (2) HP 001 US 1982 Sell This Version
SFFSDB-01 The Dark Bob The Least I Can Do(7", EP) MITB Records SFFSDB-01 1983 Sell This Version