Leaving the 20th Century: The Incomplete Work of the Situationist International. Christopher GRAY, translates and edits.
Leaving the 20th Century: The Incomplete Work of the Situationist International.
Leaving the 20th Century: The Incomplete Work of the Situationist International.
Leaving the 20th Century: The Incomplete Work of the Situationist International.

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Leaving the 20th Century: The Incomplete Work of the Situationist International.

London: Free Fall Publications, 1974. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 167pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, documents, cartoon strips and graphics. Reprints 22 texts from Internationale Situationniste, with a preface and afterword by Christopher Gray. Typeset by the Suburban Press and the Wicked Messengers, with graphics by Jamie Reid.


Typed slip signed by Ian Franklin of Free Fall loosely inserted, reading in part: "Dear Suckers…Tell us what you think of this worthy tome we want as much feedback as possible. The price of boredom is high."


For a long time this influential edition was almost the only source of Situationist texts in English. It became more widely circulated after some of Reid's graphics were reused in his work for the Sex Pistols, notably the images of the 'nice' family (p.10) and beach scene (p.137), adapted for the 'Holidays in the Sun' record sleeve and promotional poster respectively.


This copy also contains a flyer from Spontaneous Combustion (Nick Brandt) reprinting Ken Knabb's critique of the book (Knabb's 'Situationist International Anthology' later superseded it). In it, Knabb lambasts Gray's work as "sometimes sloppy" and accuses him of being a pro-situ who "wanted the S.I. to be God and ends up whining because it didn't hand him revolution on a silver platter, complete with individual therapy." The flyer adds: "Spontaneous Combustion Footnote: Since the publication of 'Leaving the 20th Century' Chris Gray has emigrated to India to become an anti-follower of the anti-guru Ragneesh, the Maharaj Ji of the late 70s".


Page extremities slightly darkened; wrappers and spine edges slightly rubbed and lightly tanned, with some creasing, particularly to lower wrapper. Overall, Very Good (without the later price increase label affixed to back cover). 4000 copies printed.

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