Item #39752 The Beast of Britain. William LEVY.
The Beast of Britain.
The Beast of Britain.


The Beast of Britain.

Np. (Amsterdam): The International Community, 2008. 4to. Stapled wrps., 12pp.

SIGNED by the author. Levy’s privately circulated (mostly favourable) review of John Williams’s biography of Michael X. It also covers the furore provoked by the necrophilic drawing which had appeared in Levy’s “Souvenir Programme” (reproduced on this publication’s front cover). He describes the controversial drawing as having “panache, what filmmaker John Waters called Shock Value, what Bertolt Brecht named Verfremdungseffekt... The purpose was to jolt the viewer with the obscenity of injustice.”

Centrespread reproduces the small poster promoting the “Souvenir Programme”, and the back cover prints Terry Disney’s photograph of John and Yoko alongside Michael X, who is clutching their newly shorn hair (which, in a bizarre publicity stunt, was swapped for the pair of boxing shorts given to Michael X by Muhammad Ali in 1966; Michael X had plans - unfulfilled - to sell strands of Lennon’s hair for £1 each).