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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Boyd Blake Rice (born 1956) is an American experimental sound artist, occultist, archivist, actor, photographer, prankster and writer best known for his pioneering industrial noise music under the name NON.


In 1989, Rice and Bob Heick of the American Front were photographed for Sassy Magazine wearing uniforms and brandishing knives. While Rice would later recall it as a prank, the photo has caused boycotts and protests at many of Rice's appearances. When asked if he regrets the photo, Rice stated, "I don't care. I don't think I ever made a wrong move. The bad stuff is just good. America loves its villains".

More controversy has resulted because of Rice's appearance on Race and Reason, a public-access television cable TV show hosted by white supremacist Tom Metzger. Rice has claimed not to be a Nazi in numerous interviews whilst his friend Rose McDowall has claimed he has never said anything racist nor endorsed Nazism to her. However Stewart Home has claimed that Rice is a supporter of Nazism. Boyd Rice is associated with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey and has collaborated with Adam Parfrey who was Jewish.

On August 8, 1988, Boyd Rice was among the performers at 8/8/88 at the Strand Theater in San Francisco, which was locally heavily advertised and sold out, billed as "An Evening of Apocalyptic Delight". Rice appeared with the band Radio Werewolf as well as Zeena Lavey (then High Priestess of the Church of Satan), and Adam Parfrey. Rice reports that, "Minutes after they took the stage in their Teutonic garb, the audience fled in droves" though others present that night did not see anyone leaving.

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