The Decline and the Fall of the 'Spectacular' Commodity-Economy. Paris: SI, (dated) December 1965. Guy DEBORD.
The Decline and the Fall of the 'Spectacular' Commodity-Economy. Paris: SI, (dated) December 1965.

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The Decline and the Fall of the 'Spectacular' Commodity-Economy. Paris: SI, (dated) December 1965.

8pp. leaflet, stapled. Donald Nicholson-Smith's English translation of this important text on the 1965 Watts rebellion in Los Angeles, its title chosen by Debord to evoke Gibbon's "The Decline and the Fall". It was distributed in England by Alexander Trocchi (and in the USA by the Rebel Worker group), and conceived as a supplement to Internationale Situationniste #10.

The back page prints an English translation of a collective text by Debord, Raoul Vaneigem and Mustapha Khayati, originally intended as an appendix to another advance supplement to IS #10.

It seems likely that William Burroughs read a copy of this pamphlet since he asked Mary Beach in a letter to her from July 1967 if she knew "of a French group called the Situationist International", adding that he has "Just read a very intelligent analysis of the Watts race riots by this group".

Near Fine.

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