War Between Fats and Thins. Harvey MATUSOW, HARVEY MATUSOW'S JEWS HARP BAND.
War Between Fats and Thins.
War Between Fats and Thins.
War Between Fats and Thins.

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War Between Fats and Thins.

London: Head Records Ltd., 1969. LP record (HDLS 6001) + original promotional poster.

Matusow's first album (recorded in London and released on promoter John Curd's label) in which he plays the alto tenor Jew's harp in a group that included composer Annea Lockwood (to whom Matusow was married) and Leslie Kenton, daughter of jazz bandleader Stan Kenton. A group photograph appears on the sleeve's back cover, and a different, larger shot features on the promo poster (considerably rarer than the record).

Matusow, an erstwhile Communist, became an FBI informer in 1950, then worked for Joe McCarthy, providing HUAC with the names of several people who he claimed were members of the American Communist Party, including Pete Seeger and other member of The Weavers. His 1955 book, "False Witness", claimed that McCarthy and his flunkie (and later Trump mentor) Roy Cohn had persuaded him to lie.

Following three years in jail for perjury, then several failed projects, Matusow reinvented himself in London in 1966 as a music impresario, where he became the self-appointed president of the International Society for the Abolition of Data Processing Machines and, in August 1972, organised The International Carnival of Experimental Sound at the Roundhouse. He returned to America with Lockwood in 1973 and joined a commune in Massachusetts, later moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he had a clown act on children's television.

His well-known tendency to self-mythologise made his claimed involvement in the creation of The East Village Other, International Times and the London Film-makers' Coop questionable, but it's said that in later life he "tried to atone for some of his earlier misdeeds by unselfishly helping others - most notably - homeless Native American survivors".

Disc Very Good plus in worn sleeve, with split to spine; verso of poster (50x37.7cm.) coffee-stained, partially visible from recto, o/w Very Good.

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