SONGS OF THE REVOLUTION. Julian BECK.
SONGS OF THE REVOLUTION.

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SONGS OF THE REVOLUTION.

NY: Interim Books, 1963. First edition. 8vo. Stapled wrps. (56pp.). The author's first book. Peter Berg's copy, with his ownership signature to upper wrapper.

Berg, an actor and playwright with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and co-founder of the Diggers, first coined the term 'Guerrilla Theater' in 1965. His ideas were strongly influenced by the work of Julian Beck and The Living Theatre, who in turn were influenced by Artaud (Artaud was first discovered by Beck and Malina in 1958 and they became the first Americans to incorporate Artaudian principles into their productions). Berg's concept of the 'life-actor' and his thinking about theatre as a vehicle for radical social change similarly influenced Julian Beck, in particular his later productions of 'Paradise Now', and both of them shared a desire to break down the fourth wall between the actors and the spectators (what Berg described as "breaking the glass").

Cover detached from staples, with splitting to spine and wear and tear to upper and lower wrappers; some staining internally. Overall, Fair to Good, with an interesting provenance.

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