[ed. SANDERS, Ed]

Fuck You

New York: Fuck You Press, 1962

4to, 34 tangerine mimeographed leaves, unpaginated, secured by staples running the length of left edge. Some (blank) versos uniformly marked, presumably by the mimeographing process, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. Issue Number 6 of this key publication of the Mimeograph Revolution. Presented, confusingly as Number 5 Volume 2. Double issue. 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, Ray Bremser, Tuli Kupferberg -- and the poet (and later artist) Elin Paulson, whose description by Sanders in the contributors' notes shows that the revolution in attitudes to women still had some way to go: '...a $200 hip chick pacifist callgirl. Thenbest blow job in NYC. Vulva-flower slashed loose in infinity.' Years later in his memoir Fug You, Sanders made some attempt at atonement: '[D]ecades later I can't help cringing at some of my editorial comments in the double issue about Elin, who had contributed some fine poems to the issue. In the "Notes on Contributors" for volume 2 I made a strongly erotic statement about Elin. My editorial comments were very creative and occasionally not completely moored on the docks of absolute reality.'

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.

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