Jaywalking. Jay LANDESMAN.
Jaywalking.
Jaywalking.
Jaywalking.
Jaywalking.

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Jaywalking.

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1992. First edition. 229pp.

SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Bill Levy a fellow conspirator - Jay Landesman" (Landesman was published in Suck by Levy and selected as a juror for the first Wet Dream Festival in 1970, the experience of which he recounts in the book).

Landesman's second volume of memoirs covers the period from 1964, when he arrived in London from St. Louis with his wife, Fran (they lived in Islington on Duncan Terrace, recently referred to by Alexei Sayle as Drunken Terrace after the parties they were famous for).

Numerous anecdotes are told and many names dropped during his account of the following twenty-five years, among them Peter Cook, Timothy Leary, Christine Keeler, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ralph Ortiz (his piano destruction, part of DIAS, took place on Duncan Terrace at Landesman's invitation in October 1966), Marlon Brando, Yoko Ono (he arranged for her to perform at The Electric Garden during his brief tenure as its artistic director), Mama Cass, John Clellon Holmes, Jim Haynes, Ken Kesey, Chandler Brossard, Gershon Legman (who took over publication of Neurotica, the proto-Beat magazine Landesman founded in 1948), Harvey Matusow, Charlotte Moorman, Elizabeth Smart, Johnny Rotten, Tom Waits, and Julie Burchill (who married Landesman's son, Cosmo, to the delight of Toby Young, his celebrity obsessed and understandably self-loathing neighbour two doors down).

Pages slightly age-toned, o/w Near Fine in dw.

Together with: TREVENA, Philip. Landesmania: A Biography. Richmond upon Thames: Tiger of the Stripe, 2004. First edition. 162pp. Landesman's self-commissioned biography. Fine in dw.

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