When Teen Spirit met El Hombre Invisible. A highlight from our new 10th anniversary e-cat, “Mistakes Were Made" (PDF link):
BURROUGHS, William S. and Kurt Cobain. THE “PRIEST” THEY CALLED HIM. Portland, OR: Tim Kerr Records, . 33 RPM LP. Record unplayed; very fine. Pictorial cover has tiny bump to one corner, else fine. Plain wraps sleeve is fine and is SIGNED by Burroughs. Overall, near fine or better.
A collaborative recording between the Beat giant and the rock legend, with Cobain’s guitar accompanying Burroughs’ spoken word on one side. The other side contains Burroughs’ and Cobain’s signatures (the latter’s intentionally misspelled) pressed into wax (as issued). Uncommon.
BORED, Bill (Editor). WARNING #4 (May/June 1983). Anchorage: Alaska Underground Press, 1983. First Edition. 4to. Stapled wraps. Near fine. 18pp.
Fanzine out of Anchorage, perhaps unsurprisingly billed as “Alaska’s Only Alternative.” Coverage of the local scene, D.O.A., T.S.O.L., Fear (interview), Nina Hagen, etc.
DI PRIMA, Diane (Editor). THE FLOATING BEAR: A Newsletter #36. New York: The Floating Bear / Diane di Prima, 1969. First Edition. 4to. Side-stapled original wraps. Fine condition. Cover printed offset, plus 22pp. mimeographed recto and verso.
Late issue of this seminal publication of the Mimeo Revolution and one of the most influential little magazines of the 1960’s. Distributed by mailing list, FB served as an important venue for the poets of the Beat and New York schools, as well as other experimental and avant garde writers of the decade. From issue 28 on includes pictorial covers (as here) by artists such as Jess, George Hermas, Wallace Berman, and others. A landmark of the mimeo form, as important to the movement as Sander’s FU or Berrigan’s “C.” Cover by Ray Johnson. Work by Clark Coolidge, Bill Berkson, Tom Clark, Anne Waldman„ John Ashbery, Ron Padgett, Kenneth Koch, David Shapiro, Lewis Warsh, and others.
[ACCONCI, Vito] SHARP, Willoughby and Liza Bear (Editors). AVALANCHE - Fall 1972 (Number Six). New York: Avalanche, 1972. Large square 8vo. Pictorial wraps. Very good overall. 80pp.
"Avalanche made every issue count. The magazine […] functioned as a gallery without walls for art that eschewed architectural and institutional borders" (Allen p. 91). The sixth issue (of 13) of this magazine devoted to environmental, performance, installation, video, and other conceptual arts, this the Vito Acconci issue. It remains an important and revealing document on Acconci.
[Zabriskie Gallery]. COLLAGE IN AMERICA: December 18th thru [sic] January 4th, 1958 [Exhibition Poster]. New York: Zabriskie Gallery, . 14” x 9.75” approx. posted printed recto only green on white. Folded twice, in quarters - likely as issued. A couple of clean tears at folds. Very good.
Poster for the ground-breaking exhibition COLLAGE IN AMERICA, which included early work from Ray Johnson, Robert Rauschenberg, Allen Kaprow, and Jasper Johns — only his third exhibition overall and predating his 1958 Castelli solo debut. COLLAGE featured what (according to Virginia Zabriski) “…may have been the first time Johns ever showed one of his flag pieces. I remember the price was $300 and nobody bought it, including me” (ZABRISKIE: Fifty Years p. 15). A prescient exhibition Zabriskie herself frequently mentioned as her favorite and one that helped distill many of the most important artistic developments of the coming 1960s: from Happenings and performance art (Kaprow & Beck) to mail art (Johnson) and pop (Johns & Rauschenberg). Other artists included in the show include: Arthur Dove, Alfred Leslie, Franz Kline, Vincent Longo, Lee Krasner, and Robert Motherwell, among many others. A striking promotional poster for a influential event. [See reproduction in ZABRISKIE: Fifty Years p. 87].
From our new catalogue (pdf): Artists’ Publications (On An Artists Budget).
LESTER, Ken (Editor). PUBLIC ENEMY #6 - May 1979. (Vancouver): (Public Enemy), 1979. Folio newsprint wraps. Folded once, as issued. Very good overall. 31pp.
Scare regional rock weekly out of Canada. Cover story on Patti Smith. Other articles on the Jam, D.O.A., and more.
Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Burroughs.
BURROUGHS, William. JUNKIE. New York: Ace Books, (1953) . First edition thus. 12mo. Mass market paperback. Very good overall. INSCRIBED by Burroughs to noted Burroughs collector, photographer, and TV writer Nelson Lyon: “For Nelson Lyon / William S. Burroughs / May 16, 1996.”
First printing (1964) of the first appearance of this novel under Burroughs’ own name (originally published under the name of William Lee in 1953) and first separate publication in the US. With a foreword by fellow HOWL dedicee Carl Solomon added for this edition. First thus. Ace K-202. [Maynard and Miles A1c]. Uncommon signed. Lyon’s collection of Burroughs, one of the best ever assembled, was dispersed by PBA in 1999, this lot #2. Lyon produced the Burroughs’ album DEAD CITY RADIO. A significant association.
HOLMSTROM, John & Eddy “Legs” McNeil (Editors). PUNK MAGAZINE No. 17 (May/June 1979). New York: Punk Publications Inc., 1979. First Edition. 4to. Stapled color pictorial wraps. Near fine overall. pp.
Last issue of the magazine that (literally) defined a movement. It was PUNK that “codified” (Savage, ENGLAND’S DREAMING 130) and popularized the word “punk.” PUNK’s visual and musical taste sketched out the boundaries of the new aesthetic while its sly attitude because the pose de rigueur of punks around the world. A magazine that influenced as much as reported on the scene it covered, it remains one of the cornerstone documents of the punk movement. This issue features Destroy All Monsters, The Clash, David Johansen, Alice Cooper, plus the usual news, letters and reviews.
ROT[H], Di[e]ter. A LOOK INTO THE BLUE TIDE PART 2. (New York): (Something Else Press), 1967. First Edition. 8vo. Stapled orange self-wrappers. Very good overall. pp.
From the Great Bear Pamphlet series and Dick Higgins’ Something Else Press. One of 1000 unnumbered copies. “[E]xcerpted from Roth’s Die blaue Flut” (Frank p. 75).
GAIMAN, Neil. DURAN DURAN: The First Four Years of the Fab Five. New York & London: Proteus, 1984. First edition. 4to. Pictorial boards in matching dust jacket. Near fine overall. A very attractive example of a genuinely uncommon title, especially so in this hardcover edition which was produced primarily for the institutional market, a fact the condition of most copies offered (unlike this one) reflect.
Scarce hardcover issue of Neil Gaiman’s first book, a biography of the then-wildly-popular British band. It went through only one rather small print run before the publisher went out of business and has never been republished. Indeed, for many years, Gaiman referred to the book - which he undertook only for the money - as his “dark secret.” Gaiman is the author of The Sandman series of graphic novels, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, among numerous other works in an impressive variety of genres. He is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Newbery awards. The future “A1” entry in this bestselling and important author’s bibliography.
HAMANAKA, Vale (Editor). SEARCH & DESTROY No. 7. San Francisco: Search & Destroy, 1978. Folio. Folded newsprint self-wrappers. Very good minus. Mildly toned with some edge-wear. Else clean and sound.
Seventh issue of this seminal Bay Area punk zine founded by Vale Hamanaka while working at City Lights Bookstore and originally funded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. This issue features John Waters (on Pink Flamingos), Patti Smith, Clash, Roky Erickson, Screamers, Cabaret Voltaire, a report from the Cleveland scene, etc.
[NAYLOR, Liz and Cath Carroll - Editors]. CITY FUN - “August” [Vol. 3, No. 7 - July 28th, 1983]. (Salford) [Manchester]: City Fun Magazine, . 4to. Loose folded self-wrappers. 15pp.
Late issue under the tenure of Naylor and Carroll of this hugely influential Manchester-centric post-punk zine. An indispensable reference for the Manchester scene and the bands and labels that grew around it: Joy Division and New Order, The Smiths and The Fall, Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub, etc. John Peel called City Fun the most important zine of the period and former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam has written:
‘City Fun’ was breaking the classic fanzine formula, just as post-punk music itself sought to break beyond punk formulas. ‘City Fun’ was never just about the music, and, under Naylor and Carroll it increasingly moved its gaze away from the local music scene, always looking at the bigger cultural landscape. Covering film, politics, and sexism, plus insightful psychogeography and anti-James Anderton diatribes, in many ways from its mid-period onwards, it had more in common with the underground press of the early 1970s (eg ‘Mole Express’) than it did with ‘Sniffin’ Glue.’ (http://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/cityfun/)
This issue includes news and features on Lord Buckley, Telstar, Mike Sweeney, and interview on The Hacienda (plus full-page ad for same on rear cover). Issues have become quite scarce. OCLC finds only one location (British Library).
SOILANT #4 (Jan. 1981). (Zurich): Soilant, 1981. First Edition. 4to. Stapled self-wraps. Photo offset printed.
Fourth issue of this rare Swiss punk zine that ran just five issues. Reports from the punk scenes in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, etc. Crass, Ayatollahs, Cockey Rejects, among many others.
SINCLAIR, Diane Karen (Editor). COOLEST RETARD - Dec. ‘80. (Chicago): (Coolest Retard), (1980). First Edition. 4to. Side-stapled stiff original color wraps over photocopied contents. Unpaginated.
Seminal Chicago punk zine. XTC, Bauhaus, The Slits, a history and discography of Chicago Records, etc. Scarce.
SAMIOF, Steven and Melanie Missen (Editors). SLASH - Volume 1, Number 2 (June 1977). Los Angeles: Slash, 1977. First Edition. Folio newsprint self-wrappers. pp.
Second issue of the seminal Los Angeles punk zine (which eventually gave rise to Slash Records). Feature interview with The Weirdos. LP and 45 reviews. Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood photo spread. Cover image of John Denny of The Weirdos.