Cameron Jamie‘s KOPBF Book XI brings together 20 raw and direct sketches from one of the artist’s notebooks. Photocopied b/w on both sides of semi-transparent sheets of paper vellum, the sketches form dazzling layers in all sorts of shades of black and grey. Birdlike creatures and other biomorphic shapes emerge and then sink away again in multi-layered lines and grids while turning the pages of this slim edition. Not only does the translucency of the paper vellum add an extra dimension to the drawings, its milky white look and skin-like feel add an almost sensual quality as well.
This book is a sleeping beauty waiting for action. Run your fingers through and watch it go wild. KOPBF Book XI appears in a signed and hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.
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Nelson Algren – On The Heart It Don’t Matter How You Spell It
“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
American writer Nelson Algren (1909-1981) is probably best-known for ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ (1956) and his earlier novel ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ (1949). Algren’s protagonists invariably belong to the lower walks of life. From the frog perspective of pimps, whores, junkies, and drunks Algren looks up at the world and comments on its dealings.
In his poem ‘On The Heart It Don’t Matter How You Spell It‘ Algren knocks Frank Lloyd Wright – “the saint of American architecture” – off his pedestal and pitches Wright’s modernist architecture against “ragged tents pitched on the open prairie” and Wright’s desire for immortality against “a secret remembrance inscribed on the heart”.
Heathcote Williams – My Dad and My Uncle
‘My Dad and My Uncle‘ is an unusually personal poem by Heathcote Williams, “written upon learning that WWI centenary Remembrance plans are to be given £50 million by the UK government, BBC News, 11 October 2012″. Recounting the experiences of both his father and his uncle Jack in the army during WW1 and the impact these events had on their lives, Heathcote Williams composes a powerful and heartfelt protest against war and any “sentimental patina” or “mythologized tales” hiding its ugliness and senselessness.
Insect Fear #3
The short-lived ‘Insect Fear’ underground comics (three issues appeared between 1970 and 1973) were edited by Spain Rodriguez and published by the legendary Print Mint, which was run by Alice & Don Schenker and their partners Peggy & Bob Rita from Berkeley and San Francisco. ‘Insect Fear’ drew inspiration from 1950s horror comics such as ‘Tales From The Crypt’, ‘The Vault Of Horror’ and ‘The Haunt Of Fear’, and visualised chilling and perverse encounters between humans and insects. Insect Fear #3 was put together by Spain Rodriguez in 1972 and printed in March 1973. We have only one copy available. → Get hold of this worm-infested treasure and feel it eat away your brain.
Liberty or Death (International Protest)
Following the Parisian May 1968 revolt and the Democratic Convention riots in Chicago later that year, ‘Liberty or Death’ was put together by Mary Beach and “freaked out & zapped” by her partner Claude Pélieu for City Lights Books in 1968. The edition was released as an ‘international protest’ and was dedicated to countercultural revolutionaries as varied as The Movement of March 22, 1968, the Czech Resistance and Ed Sanders. Through Mary Beach, Claude Pélieu and their friends the edition voices the radical thought of the period and documents the violent protests of 1968 on both sides of the Atlantic. With hindsight, this edition is a historic and rare document of the counterculture, at the time distributed by City Lights Books in a print run of some 750 copies only. → Only one copy available
Inner Planets is an offset artists’ book by Cameron Jamie that was published during Jamie’s installation of the same name at the Palmenhaus of the Old Botanical Garden of Zürich (9-30 June 2013). The installation, in which 43 ceramic masks were hung from the roof of the glass building like a colourful galaxy or a pantheon for visitors to look up to, was curated by Lynn Kost.
Jamie’s artists’ book combines views of the installation with photos of the individual masks and close-ups of their glazings and of drawings that reveal unifying elements. The result is a strangely beautiful book that combines savage and expressive masks with elegant textures and introspective lines. Inner Planets… You don’t know whether you’re looking up or in.
Re-issue on CD of the two Blorp Esette compilation LPs of various artists affiliated with the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), which were put together by Ace & Duce in the late 70s. This box contains 4 CDs that were remastered in 2011 by Smegma’s Ju Suk Reet Meate from an earlier 4-CD edition plus additional and previously unreleased material.
A wild and beautifully packaged collector’s set about which Tork Lugnitz writes:
Within the confines of the original LPs are some the most famous and memorable of the LAFMS canon: Le Forte Four’s “Japanese Super Heroes”, Joe Potts’ “Heartphase Hotel”, Dennis Duck’s “Evolution Song”, The Reverend Toad-Eater (Rick Snyder of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band fame) “Alden Street”, the debut of folk legend Electric Bill, early recordings by LAFMS punksters the Child Molesters, ample contributions by Smegma (including a tiny sampling of their collaboration with Wild Man Fischer), a rare track by Henry Kaiser, tracks from LAFMS co-founding groups Ace & Duce and the Doo-Dooettes, original Le Forte Four member and LAFMS co-founder Chip Chapman … plus with the CD version additional tracks not included on the original LPs by the South Pasadena Free Music Ensemble, LAFMS president Jerry Bishop, pervert wino hobo buskers the Hurtin’ Broz and even goth legends Christian Death make appearances as well as a few tracks by compiler Ace Farren Ford, nearly 5 hours of some of the strangest stuff to ever be passed off as music from a Society of soundmakers who have been at it for the past 40 years.