[ed. SANDERS, Ed]

Fuck You

New York: Fuck You Press, 1962

4to, 30 tangerine mimeographed leaves, unpaginated, secured by staples running the length of left edge. Small dampstain to leading edge of sixth page, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. Issue Number 5 of this key publication of the Mimeograph Revolution. Presented as Number 5 Volume 1 (from here on the magazine adopted its confusing numbering system, calling every subsequent issue 'Number 5', and increasing the 'Volume' number). Printed in December 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 issue include Nelson Barr, Al Fowler, experimental film maker Ron Rice, Joel Oppenheimer -- and Lenore Kandel, whose contribution, To Fuck With Love, was first published here. The poem was later included in a slim volume of Kandel's poetry, The Love Book, which was seized by police from the City Lights bookshop in San Francisco, and in several other states besides. The book was declared obscene in 1967. Sales went up, and Kandel donated 1% of all profits to the Police Retirement Association by way of a thank you.

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 in fine or near fine condition are rarer still.

Keywords: Ed SANDERS"

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