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Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

It was a good day when I finally got my hands on Fuck You Vol. 5/No. 7. Quite possibly the coolest, hippest magazine of the mimeo revolution (Fuck You epitomized the revolution as demonstrated by naming the Steve Clay book “A Secret Location on the Lower East Side”) and the most desirable piece in my collection with serious competition from Dead Fingers Talk, Floating Bear, Rhinozeros, and Time. They are all great pieces; all signed. The cover by Robert LaVigne (who discovered and drew Peter Orlovsky in the mid-1950′s before Allen Ginsberg came into the picture) of an infant demon is awesome. The Burroughs cut up “Fluck You, Fluck You, Fluck You” in three column newspaper layout is wonderful. But what makes Fuck You so wonderful is its construction. Literally on multi-colored construction paper (supposedly it would not be unusual to get a copy of the magazine with a footprint on it) scattered with freaky, turned-on hieroglyphics.

The writing of the magazine is sometimes spectacular, yet uneven. Editor Ed Sanders claimed “I’ll publish anything.” The list of contributors is impressive. Charles Olson, Philip Whalen, Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, W.H. Auden, Pound, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Antonin Artaud, Robert Duncan. The editorial comments are priceless, especially the notes on contributors, the advertisements for a secretary, or the search for a literary assistant for Allen Ginsberg.

Here is a visual archive of materials from the Fuck You Press.

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Number 1 (Feb/April 1962)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 1
(Feb/April 1962)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Number 2 (May 1962 (??))

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 2
(May 1962 (??))

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Number 3, (June 1962)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 3
(June 1962)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Number 4, (Aug 1962)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 4
(Aug 1962)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 1 (Dec 1962)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 1
(Dec 1962)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 2 (Dec 1962)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 2
(Dec 1962)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 3 (May 1963)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 3
(May 1963)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 4 (1963)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 4
(1963)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 5 (Dec 1963)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 5
(Dec 1963)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 6 (April/May 1964)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 6
(April/May 1964)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 7 (Sept 1964)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 7
(Sept 1964)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 8 (1965)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 8
(1965)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 8 (Warhol cover) (1965)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 8 (Warhol cover)
(1965)

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Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, Volume 5, Number 9 (June 1965)

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts
Number 5, Volume 9
(June 1965)

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Jake Marx, Index to Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts

Jake Marx
“An Index to Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts”
The Serif, 1971
(Special thanks to Jake Marx for permission to reprint this index)


Fuck You Press Publications

William S. Burroughs, Roosevelt After Inauguration (1964)

William S. Burroughs
Roosevelt After Inauguration
(1964)

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William S. Burroughs, Health Bulletin: APO-33, a Metabolic Regulator (1965)

William S. Burroughs
Health Bulletin: APO-33, a Metabolic Regulator
(1965)
Photo by Bradley Allen

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W.H. Auden
The Platonic Blow
(1965)


Carol Bergé
The Vancouver Report
(1964)


Lawrence Ferlinghetti
To Fuck Is to Love Again
(1965)


Maxims And Aphorisms from the Letters of D.H. Lawrence

D.H Lawrence
Maxims And Aphorisms from the Letters of D.H. Lawrence
(1964)
Compiled with appended poems by Marguerite Harris


Maxims And Aphorisms from the Letters of D.H. Lawrence

D.H Lawrence
Maxims And Aphorisms from the Letters of D.H. Lawrence
(1964)
Compiled with appended poems by Marguerite Harris
Tipped-in drawing


Claude Pelieu, Automatic Pilot, Fuck You Press, 1964

Claude Pélieu
Automatic Pilot
(1964)


Ed Sanders, The Toe Queen Poems (1964)

Ed Sanders
The Toe Queen Poems
(1964)


Ed Sanders, Fuck God in the Ass

Ed Sanders
Fuck God in the Ass


Ed Sanders, Despair: Poems to Come Down By

Ed Sanders (Editor and contributor)
Despair: Poems to Come Down By
(1964)


Poems for Marilyn

Poems for Marilyn


A Valorium Edition of the Entire Extant Works of Thales
(1964)


Bugger: An Anthology (1964)

Lavender issue of Bugger Anthology

Bugger: An Anthology
(1964)

Mimeo Variants: Who Gives a Fuck?


Ezra Pound, The Cantos of Ezra Pound CX-CXVI (1967)

Ezra Pound
The Cantos of Ezra Pound CX-CXVI
(1967)


The Regal Society of Sooey Semen, Fuck You Press, 1969

The Regal Society of Sooey Semen
(1969)


The Fuck You Quote of the Week

Harry Fainlight, Quote of the Week #1

Harry Fainlight
Quote of the Week #1
(1964)


John Ashbery, Quote of the Week #2

John Ashbery
Quote of the Week #2
(1964)
(Image courtesy of Between the Covers Books.)


Kenneth Koch, Quote of the Week #3

Kenneth Koch
Quote of the Week #3
(1964)
(Image courtesy of Between the Covers Books.)


Fuck You Press Catalogues and Newsletters

Fuck You Press News Flash

Fuck You Press News Flash


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 1

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 1


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 2

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 2


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 3

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 3
(Spring 1965)


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 4

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 4


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 4.5

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 4.5
(Image courtesy of Paul Rickert)


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 5

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 5


Ed Sanders' Catalogue 6

Ed Sanders’ Catalogue 6


Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 7

Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 7


Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 8

Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 8


Ed Sanders, In Defense of Kiss and Screw

Ed Sanders
In Defense of Kiss and Screw
(1969)


Marijuana Newsletter No. 1

Marijuana Newsletter No. 1
(1965)


Marijuana Newsletter No. 2

Marijuana Newsletter No. 2
(1965)


Flyers and Handbills

Handbill for Peace Eye Books with drawing by Spain Rodriguez

Handbill
Handbill for Peace Eye Books with drawing by Spain Rodriguez


Marijuana Review Handbill

Marijuana Review Handbill
(Can anyone confirm that Fuck You is actually the publisher of this?)


Flyer advertising readings at Le Metro Cafe in summer 1964

Flyer
Flyer advertising readings at Le Metro Cafe in summer 1964


Marguerite Harris, Absolute and Glorious New Year

Marguerite Harris
Absolute and Glorious New Year
1965


The flyer advertises a reading by Herbert Huncke to take place at Le Metro Cafe in New York on 1 July 1964

Flyer
The flyer advertises a reading by Herbert Huncke to take place at Le Metro Cafe in New York on 1 July 1964


Flyer advertising reading by Tuli Kupferberg at Le Metro Cafe on 8 July 1964

Flyer
Flyer advertising reading by Tuli Kupferberg at Le Metro Cafe on 8 July 1964


Flyer advertising reading by Calvin C Hernton at Le Metro Cafe on 22 July 1964

Flyer
Flyer advertising reading by Calvin C Hernton at Le Metro Cafe on 22 July 1964


Village Gate Protest Flyer

Flyer
The flyer advertising a protest against federal narcotics agents


Barbara Launch Party Flyer

Flyer
The flyer announcing a publication party for the novel Barbara by Frank Newman-Sam Abrams


Flyer for the October 1967 march on the Pentagon

Flyer
Flyer for the October 1967 march on the Pentagon


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Leaflet
Leaflet for the mock exorcism of the Pentagon held on October 13, 1967 at the Village Theatre.


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing a “Marijuana March” in the East Village
December 27, 1964


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing reading of Carl Solomon (including a lecture on Artaud) at Le Metro Café
July 29, 1964


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing Picket to Legalize Cunnilingus at Union Square in San Francisco on October 30, 1965 (possibly designed by Sanders)


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill announcing “Free Marijuana Prisoners”
Circa 1965


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Ed Sanders Newsletter
Circa 1966


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Ed Sanders, ed.
With Extreme Regret We Must Announce that Ed Sanders Does Not
Circa 1965


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Ed Sanders
Handbill announcing a reading by Sanders at the Coda Gallery in Greenwich Village
Circa 1965


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Ed Sanders and Ted Berrigan
Handbill announcing a reading by Ted Berrigan and Ed Sanders at the Le Metro Cafe in Greenwich Village
Circa 1965


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Legal-size mimeo handbill proclaiming “Ed Sanders Wins Obscenity Case.”


Fugs Memorabilia

Fugs Flyer

Fugs Flyer
(Image courtesy of Paul Rickert)


Fugs Flyer

Fugs Flyer


Fugs Flyer

Fugs Flyer


Fugs Flyer

Fugs Flyer


Fugs Cross-Country Caravan Flyer

Fugs Cross-Country Caravan Flyer


Fugs Bios

Fugs Bios


American Theatre for Poets Special Events Calendar, March 1965

Handbill
American Theatre for Poets Special Events Calendar, March 1965 (including Fugs, Dick Higgins, Brion Gysin, et al)


Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965

Flyer
Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965


Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965

Flyer
Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965


Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965

Flyer
Flyer for The Fugs appearance at the American Theatre for Poets, 8 March 1965


Fugs Flip conceived by Jordan Matthews

Booklet
Fugs Flip conceived by Jordan Matthews


Fugs Flip conceived by Jordan Matthews

Handbill
Fugs Flip conceived by Jordan Matthews


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing a Night of Napalm concerts starring the Fugs on August 7, 1965 at The Bridge on 4 St. Marks Place.


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing Fugs concert and poetry reading at The Orb Theater at 1470 Washington in San Francisco on October 29, 1965 (possibly designed by Sanders).


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Handbill
Handbill announcing return from cross-country tour and concert of The Fugs at The Bridge Theatre (December 1965).


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing The Fugs held over at the Café Au Go Go on 152 Bleecker Street through December 26, 1965.


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing The Fugs’ first appearance at The Bridge Theatre in Greenwich Village
1965


Handbill announcing an appearance by The Fugs at The East End Theatre March 29-30, April 5 (1965?)

Handbill
Handbill announcing an appearance by The Fugs at The East End Theatre
March 29-30, April 5 (1965?)


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing an appearance by The Fugs at Ego East on the Lower East Side
Circa 1965


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Handbill
Handbill announcing an appearance by The Fugs at the Bowery Poets Coop in the East Village
Circa 1965


Posters

Fugs Want to Thank You poster

Poster
Fugs poster with fold-in that spells “Fuck You.” Image courtesy of Between the Covers.


Related to Fuck You

Handbill announcing lecture by Ed Sanders (possibly an imitation done in Fuck You style)

Flyer
Handbill announcing lecture by Ed Sanders (possibly an imitation done in Fuck You style)


Peace Eye

Peace Eye
Peace Eye was not actually published by Fuck You but by Frontier Press. However, it provides an interesting bridge between two great mimeo scenes — Fuck You Press headed by Ed Sanders in New York and Frontier Press in Buffalo.


Ed Sanders, Poem from Jail

Ed Sanders
Poem from Jail
City Lights, San Francisco, 1963


Ed Sanders - Ralph Ginzburg Archive Catalogue

Ed Sanders – Ralph Ginzburg Archive Catalogue
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Miscellaneous Items

Ed Sanders, 1966 Letter to David Schaff

Ed Sanders
1966 Letter to David Schaff
Letter concerning raid on Peace Eye Books and subsequent obscenity trial against Fuck You


Ed Sanders, 1966 Letter to David Schaff, envelope

Ed Sanders
Envelope for 1966 Letter to David Schaff


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Invitation
To Ed Sanders obscenity trial on March 20, 1967 with list of the prosecution’s potential exhibits


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Invitation
To the grand reopening of Peace Eye Bookstore in celebration of Sanders’ victory over obscenity charges to be held on June 27, 1967


Fuck You Press Placeholder

Invitation
To party and exhibition of the collages of Claude Pelieu at midnight on March 28, 1969 at Peace Eye Bookstore on 147 Avenue A


Phoenix Book Shop Check Number One

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Two (John Weiners)

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Three

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Four (Carol Berge)

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Five (Michael McClure)

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Six (Ed Sanders)

Phoenix Book Shop Check Number Seven (Gerald Malaga)

Herbert Huncke 80th Birthday Card

Written by Jed Birmingham and published by RealityStudio on 17 March 2006. Thanks to Jeff Nisbet for images and to Dan Laufer for the 1964 flyer advertising Herbert Huncke’s reading. Thanks to BigCrux for the APO-33 handbill. Archive expanded and updated in August 2009 and December 2011. See also Fuck You Press cockatrices and rarities.
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Comments Total: 26
Colin
May 4 2007
9:06 pm

I found issue 5 volume 7 in the garbage of a university. It’s amazing! I’ve never read anything by Ginsberg or Burroughs and this seems like a good way to start.

cw
Jul 19 2007
5:36 am

Nice list

Michel
Jun 13 2008
8:18 am

Hi ! Can someone confirm me whether the fuck you Press “books”, such as Roosevelt After Inauguration, were staple bound or just free paper leaves ?

Thanks a lot!

jed
Jun 13 2008
10:58 am

Roosevelt after Inauguration was staple bound as were most of the Fuck You publications, but that said I have seen copies of Roosevelt that were collated but were never stapled. I have seen a couple issues of Fuck You Magazine that way as well. They were never stapled at all; not that the stapled were removed at a later date.

Lucy
Jul 22 2008
5:31 pm

Can anyone tell me which issue contained something by Antonin Artaud, which text it was, and who the translator was?

Jack Feldman
Feb 21 2009
7:17 pm

I have an issue of the magazine that has no volume or issue # on the cover, just “Fuck You, a magazine of the arts, June, 1965.” On the second page it says “Number 5, Volume 9, June/July 1965.” The front cover has different graphics on it from the one you show. Does anyone know what the discrepancy is about? Thanks!

jed
Feb 22 2009
9:00 am

Jack

As you can see with the comment about the stapling on Roosevelt, FY items were definitely put together differently. I have heard of different papers being used on various publications as well (like Platonic Blow for example or the colored vs uncolored covers for the pirated Cantos of Pound). So it is possible that different graphics were made as well. Maybe Sanders ran more copies of the text than the covers and had to make extra covers. If you can please scan it and we can add it to the archive as a possible variant.

Jack Feldman
Feb 23 2009
8:42 pm

Hi Jed,

Thanks very much for your reply. I’ve heard quite a few stories about the inconsistency of FY and other publications, including bad collating, upside down pages, and loads of other variants. You obviously are an expert, and I’m sure you’ve seen many. An interesting fact about this copy and the others in my collection is that they were Jackson Mac Low’s copies. They came directly from his estate, as did some other interesting stuff that I was lucky enough to get. I don’t have a scanner hooked up to my computer, but I will ask someone I know to help me with it, and I’ll send you what seem to be the “odd” pages in this issue. Thanks again for your theories of how this might have happened. I’ll be in touch soon.

Regards,
Jack

jed
Feb 24 2009
10:31 am

That is very interesting about Jackson Mac Low. If you care to share, what other type of material was in his estate? What type of little mags and books did he have/read? I have been meaning to get a copy of DOINGS for quite some time. Have you read that book?

Paul Rickert
Mar 26 2009
10:16 pm

To help complete your bibliography of Peace Eye bookstore, may I add that there was a catalog # 4 1/2 which featured Sazbo’s collection of books he used as collateral against a loan from Ed Sanders.
The cover of the catalog can be seen at this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bookstreet/3389151188/

Thanks.

Jed
Jun 29 2009
12:48 am

There is an Ed Sanders exhibit at The Arm in Brooklyn. Details: http://thearmnyc.com/news/2009/06/ed_sanders_show_at_the_arm

I hear there are paste-ups of the various Fuck You, a magazine of the arts issues as well as rare and virtually unseen ephemerial items. The opening in on July 10th.

andy Clifford
May 19 2010
8:02 pm

Just stumbled onto this site. I was living in Ed’s bookstore on 10th st across from Thompkins Sq Pk. Myself and my friend Groovy were putting together copies of “Peace Eye” and we were going to pass it out in The Bronx Zoo if Ed was convicted on obscenity charges. I was 16/17? and a run-away from Long Island at the time.

I actually still have a copy. Maaannnnnn..do I ever have stories from back then…

Gary
Aug 8 2010
9:29 pm

Any chance of getting a list of the contents of each issue? (Which issue(s) did Warhol contribute to (if any)?

Anthony
Nov 10 2010
8:58 pm

I would love to see credits to the cover artists (if known), specifically which were designed by Joe Brainard. I know he’s responsible for the Cantos.

jed
Nov 10 2010
10:25 pm

The majority of the covers are by Sanders himself. There are a few exceptions. Robert LaVigne for Fuck You 5/7, Warhol for 5/8, Claude Pelieu for the Fugs are Coming handbill, and Brainard for the Cantos. The later Peace Eye catalogs might have another designer but I am not sure.

If you are interested in Brainard covers go to the C Press Archive if you havent already: http://realitystudio.org/bibliographic-bunker/c-press-archive/

Chad Sawyer
May 4 2011
6:27 pm

Hi, I was wondering where I could by a copy of “Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts”

Thanks
–chad

bigcrux
Oct 14 2011
6:14 pm

Should the Ed Sanders/Peter Orlovsky FUCK YOU PRESS page in BULLETIN FROM NOTHING 2 be included here?

jed
Oct 14 2011
10:15 pm

I dont think so. It is in Bulletin from Nothing which is published by Pelieu not Sanders.

bigcrux
Oct 18 2011
8:27 pm

What about THE DICK? (1967)

jed
Oct 19 2011
8:27 am

Definitely. I have a copy but it is too big to scan and I have never been satisfied with the photos I have taken of it. I’ll try to get it up soon somehow.

Robert Hogg
Apr 4 2012
7:53 pm

Great to see this site up and running, and much thanks for the dedication it took/takes to do all the scanning and uploading. I spent the fall and winter in NYC 1964-65. I visited Peace Eye books, and got to know many of the poets who contributed to Fuck You and C magazine where if I recall, I published something. I own a few copies of both mags, and many books from the period. Some of the ny poets I brought up to Ottawa to read at Carleton University where I taught for 38 years. Ed Sanders, Paul Blackburn and Allen Ginsberg were among those who came in the late Sixties, early Seventies. Those were heady days…in a couple of ways.

James Beach
May 19 2012
9:02 am

Anyone enamored with the Beats need to know about Carol Berge and her clique of maverick poets and artists experimenting with multimedia in the incipient East Village, 1960-66. Berge has since passed on but she first put her legacy into print: the LIGHT YEARS anthology chronicles the group’s involvement with not only Ginsberg and Burroughs, it also tells the story of why the Feds and others may have prevented their Renaissance movement from reaching the status it deserved. Charles Olson, Ed Sanders and of course FUCK YOU Press make an appearance.

jed
May 29 2012
3:35 pm

Light Years is a great book. Here is some more information: http://mimeomimeo.blogspot.com/2010/08/come-into-light.html

Jeff Nisbet
Dec 13 2012
12:28 pm

Nice job getting all this together, Jed.

The obscenity trial invitation, that you need an image of, is in my Ralph Ginzburg Archive PDF, above.

All Best,

Jeff

G. Groth
Oct 7 2013
7:26 pm

Can anyone help me get in touch with Ed Sanders?

Frances
Feb 24 2014
3:45 pm

Thank you for finding and sharing!
And jesus–what a BOYS club this was.

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