[ed. SANDERS, Ed]

Fuck You

New York: Fuck You Press, 1962

4to, 26 pale green mimeographed leaves, unpaginated, secured by staples running the length of left edge. A fine copy.

First edition. Issue Number 4 of this key publication of the Mimeograph Revolution. Printed in August 1962.

In the 'fifties and 'sixties, one-man underground publishing enterprises such as the Fuck You Press rarely got past Issue One -- indeed, many failed even to get that far. Fuck You, A Magazine For The Arts ran for thirteen issues between 1962 and 1965, featured contributors comprising most of the principal cast of that period's counterculture scene, and is now acknowledged as one of the main freeways connecting the end of the Beats to the beginning of the Yippies. In Sanders' own words, 'Fuck You was part of what they called the Mimeograph Revolution, and my vision was to reach out to the 'best minds' of my generation with a message of Gandhian pacifism, great sharing, social change, the expansion of personal freedom (including the legalisation of marijuana), and the then-stirring messages of sexual liberation.'

Contributors to this, the Mad Men issue, include Michael McClure making his debut appearance, Nelson Barr, John Weiners ('faggot & cocaine snifter'), John Harriman ('Dean of the Lower East Side Guild of Motherfuckers & Poets'), and Sanders himself. Sanders' attitude to his female contributors had yet to aspire to the revolutionary: among them were Carol Berge ('Sweet poetess whom the entire Editorial Board, you may know, would just love to fuck') and Mary Mayo ('another poetess on the We'd-love-to-fuck list'). Tuli Kupferberg makes his second appearance. He and Sanders were co-founders of the The Fugs, the underground freak electro-folk protest combo whose output, which included songs such as Homemade Shit, Coco Cola Douche and I Shit My Pants, resulted in an impressive number of arrests for obscenity.

Around 500 copies of each issue were produced, firstly on the nearby Catholic Worker's Speed-O-Print and later on an A.B. Dick stencil duplicator. They were then distributed free of charge wherever Sanders found himself. The survival rate of any issue of the magazine is low; copies of early issues rarely surface, and they are rarer still in fine condition.

Keywords: Ed SANDERS"

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