A collection of posters and handbills relating to The Cockettes and the Nocturnal Dream Shows that gave them their first public performances. The material covers the period beginning in April 1969, with the first of the Midnight Films series at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco, through to The Cockettes' final official show in July 1972. Notable rarities include the first five handbills designed by Steven Arnold for the Midnight Films series, and both of the two posters screenprinted on flexible clear vinyl announcing The Cockettes in Pearls Over Shanghai and Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma at the Palace..... More about THE COCKETTES/NOCTURNAL DREAM SHOWS COLLECTION
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An original poster announcing the Nocturnal Dream Shows Midnight Films series at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, March 1970. Printed offset in brown on white stock. 56x43.4cm. Artwork by Todd Trexler (his first poster for the Nocturnal Dream Shows at the Palace). Minor superficial creasing, o/w Near Fine. More about NOCTURNAL DREAM SHOWS
An original poster announcing Nocturnal Dream Shows Midnight Movies at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, June 1970, including "on stage The Fabulous Cockettes in A Fairytale Extravaganza". Printed offset in green on white stock. 56x42.4cm. Artwork by Todd Trexler. 'Fairytale Extravaganza' was created by Hibiscus, who cast himself as Cinderella, and based on songs from his childhood. Others who performed in the show included Scrumbly as the Cowardly Lion, John Rothermel as the Tin Woodsman, Johnny Mac as Snow White, and Tahara as Mother Goose. The "Far-Out Films" billed include "Suzanne", an "electronic video dream dance"..... More about A FAIRYTALE EXTRAVAGANZA
Ed. Gerard Van der Leun. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. 32pp. Includes "The Cockettes Play The Palace", a 4pp. article illustrated with photographs by Clay Geerdes and Scott Runyan, concluding "They fuck with minds and fuck them well." Also: an extensive 5pp. interview by the editor with Allen Ginsberg + "Police State Blues" (full page with collage by Joseph La Penta); "Suds Smut" by S. Clay Wilson; Georges Bataille ("Notes on the Present System of Repression"); "The Pornography Poem" by George MacBeth and Michael Foreman; classifieds and a Robert Crumb-drawn ad. for Snatch; more... More about THE ORGAN #1 (Berkeley, CA: July 1970
An original poster proclaiming "What This Country Needs Is A Head Job", an announcement of a concert at the Berkeley Community Theater, November 13, 1970 featuring Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band (who "Emerge from their Cave to Test the Air and Relieve Suffering"), and The Cockettes "Live in the World Premiere of Pearls Over Shanghai". Printed offset on coated thin white card stock, predominantly in black, with a small splash of purple at centre of image. 32.3x42.2cm. Artist unknown (a signature in pink in the lower right corner is difficult to discern). What would have been the..... More about PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI
Ed. Winston Leyland. Tabloid newspaper, folded, as issued. 20pp. Centrespread 'Genderfuck poster' featuring a large b/w photograph portraying Wally, Marshall and two other Cockettes (unidentified by this cataloguer). The caption below prints 'Gender Fuck' in bold lettering, an early written appearance of the term predating by more than three years Christopher Lonc's article in the same publication, "Genderfuck and Its Delights". The Cockettes also feature in a poem by troupe member Goldie Glitters (half-page, with sm. photo), and in a letter addressed to them collectively by a female fan lamenting the lack of security after her..... More about GAY SUNSHINE #4 (Berkeley, CA: December 1970
An original poster announcing Nocturnal Dream Shows at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, April 1971, including "on stage The Cockettes in a repeat of their Depression follie Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma" (April 2-3), and "on stage The Cockettes in all new review Smacky and Our Gang" (April 23-24). Printed offset in black on white stock. 56x43.5cm. Artwork by Todd Trexler. 'Smacky and Our Gang' parodied the Our Gang comedies as well as the troupe's drug use, and starred Kreemah Ritz as Smacky (after Spanky in the Our Gang series), Inez Paloma as his mother, and John..... More about TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA + SMACKY AND OUR GANG
An original handbill announcing the Angels of Light Free Theatre in 'Titilating Titresses of de Amazon', Polk Street at Bush, San Francisco, May 2 (1971). Printed in black on pink stock. 21.5x35.1cm. Illustrated. Probably designed by Hibiscus, who, together with Harlow, Sandy, Jilala and Tahara, broke away from The Cockettes in early 1971 to form the Angels of Light Free Theatre, his original and preferred name for the troupe. Influenced by The Living Theatre and the philosophical ideals of Irving Rosenthal, founder of the Kaliflower commune, Hibiscus rejected admission charges for all performances and allied himself to the..... More about TITILATING TITRESSES OF DE AMAZON
An original handbill announcing 'Goodbye VD', a concert staged at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, May 5 (1971) with the intention of helping the VD Clinic and combatting the rise of venereal disease in the city. Printed in orange and brown on white stock. 28x21.8cm. Illustrated with a cartoon strip depicting Captain Clap, "the courageous crusader against villanous clap!". Pam Tent later recalled how "The show featured Cockettes as gigantic human phalluses chasing each other around the stage, squirting aerosol toothpaste out of the ends of their cardboard dicks… an exercise in vulgarity" that eventually led to Bill..... More about THE COCKETTES IN CLAPLAND
Ed. Gerard Van der Leun. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. 36pp. Includes "Just Divine: The Inside Story Of The 400-pound Drag Queen Who Got To Play Jackie Kennedy", a 2pp. photo-illustrated interview with Divine by Edward Rasen. The final issue of Organ (its title having dropped the definite article from the fourth issue on), in which Divine, recently arrived in San Francisco to an airport reception of dancing Cockettes in drag, reveals that her tits are filled with lentils (not birdseed), and describes her roles in John Waters' films 'Eat Your Makeup' (as Jackie Kennedy), 'Mondo Trasho' (as..... More about ORGAN #9 (Berkeley, CA: July 1971
Original poster announcing The Cockettes, the GTOs, The Stooges and John Mendelsohn, Superstar at the Hollywood Palladium, July 16 (1971). Screenprinted on silver metallic foil in pink and black. 65.9x28.6cm. Illustrated with grainy photo-based images of Iggy, the GTOs and The Cockettes, embellished with dayglo psychedelic pink in a design by Jeffrey Mann of the Mercuryhead Workshop (Iggy's photo by Kurt Ingham). What would surely have been an unbelievable gig was cancelled after Iggy Pop and James Williamson quit The Stooges, and/or the LAPD got jittery after a Playboy article on The Cockettes and Lawrence Welk, the club's..... More about HOLLYWOOD BABYLON
SF: Last Gasp Eco-Funnies Co., Inc., 1971. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps., unpaginated (44p., printed rectos only). Cover image reproduces an assemblage of objects from the Cockette house on Oak Street, San Francisco by Fayette Hauser and John Flowers. Based on an idea by Hauser and originally conceived to accompany The Cockettes' shows at the Anderson Theatre in New York, the book features photographs of various members of The Cockettes by Clay Geerdes combined with background drawings by John Flowers. Each member's page includes a personal quote and a space along the lower edge left blank for autographs..... More about THE OFFICIAL COCKETTES PAPER DOLL BOOK
A vintage photograph of Reggie (Anton Dunnigan), c. 1971. Photographer unknown (possibly Billy Maynard). Print size 25.2x20.3cm.; image size 23x15cm. One of three Black members of The Cockettes (along with Lendon Sadler and Sylvester), Reggie moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles with Dusty Dawn (both had been dancers in Vito's freak scene), lived in the Mukluk Commune, performed in 'Les Ghouls' and other productions, and as 'Eartha Kitt' poured LSD into the punchbowl in 'Tricia's Wedding' (1971), The Cockettes' spoof film of Tricia Nixon's wedding at the White House. Very Good ("Cockette" written out in..... More about REGGIE
An original handbill announcing Sylvester at the Encore Theatre, San Francisco, September 17-18 (1971). B/w, illustrated. 28x21.7cm. Not mentioned on the handbill, though listed in that week's Berkeley Barb, Sylvester's midnight shows were preceded earlier in the evening by local singer-songwriters Pamela Polland (then living in Mill Valley), and Terry Dolan. The Encore Theatre was a small downstairs space next to The Stage Door on Mason Street in downtown San Francisco. Near Fine (brief pencil insc. to verso). More about SYLVESTER - MIDNIGHT AT THE ENCORE THEATRE
Ed. James Goode. Magazine format. 94pp. Contains "The Cockettes of San Francisco" by Barbara Falconer, an 18pp. front cover feature accompanied by photographs in colour and b/w by Joshua Freiwald, some of them full page (including the front cover image of Johny, aka Johnny Mac). The most extensive and lavish article on The Cockettes to appear in any contemporary publication. It was based on the author's visits to the Cockette house in the Haight and features sympathetic profiles-cum-interviews and photo-portraits of 10 members of the troupe: Goldie Glitters, Scrumbly, Harlow and John R., Sandy, Johny ("the..... More about EARTH Vol. 2, #8 (SF: October 1971
Ed. Jann Wenner. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. Includes "Les Cockettes de San Francisco: Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma!" by Maitland Zane, a 4pp. feature based on numerous interviews, including quotes from Hibiscus, Sylvester, Sebastian, Steven Arnold, Goldie Glitters, and Big Darryl, among others, together with reviews of their recent shows and details of the split with Hibiscus. Accompanied by photographs by Robert Altman and Annie Leibovitz. Maitland Zane was an SF Chronicle journalist who later covered the George Moscone/Harvey Milk murders in depth. Also: John and Yoko on the Dick Cavett show; "Jajouka/Up..... More about ROLLING STONE #93 (October 14, 1971 - UK issue
An original handbill announcing the Angels of Light in 'Cotton Club Cabaret' and 'Flaming Hot Erotica Exotica' at 330 Grove St., San Francisco, October 2-4 (1971). Printed in black on orange stock. Illustrated with a large photograph of Marilyn Monroe, embellished by pink lipstick traces from a kiss planted on her forehead. Venue address written out in red marker pen. 27.8x21.6cm. 330 Grove Street was a commercial loft space rented by filmmaker Gregory Pickup and used by the Angels of Light for rehearsals and performances. His 1973 film of them, 'Pickup's Tricks', profiles Hibiscus and features Allen Ginsberg..... More about COTTON CLUB CABARET + FLAMING HOT EROTICA EXOTICA
An original handbill announcing Sylvester and His Hot Band at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, October 15-16 (1971). Photo-illustrated in black on pale pink stock. 21.6x28cm. The midnight shows were emceed by GTO Miss Mercy. Near Fine. More about SYLVESTER AND HIS HOT BAND
An original handbill announcing the Angels of Light in 'Ghoul Diggers of Transylvania' at Castro Street, San Francisco, October 30 (1971). Printed in magenta on pink stock. Illustrated, with the date added in marker pen. 27.8x21.6cm. The early evening outdoor performance was billed as a "Halloween Opera" and as a "Mati Gras Parade Block Party". Many early Angels of Light handbills were printed by the Kaliflower commune's Free Print Shop, or by the Neighborhood Arts Program, though they were not identified as such. Tiny lower right corner loss, small nick and old pin hole to upper..... More about GHOUL DIGGERS OF TRANSYLVANIA
Ed. Jack Banning. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. 32pp. Includes front cover feature, "No, No Cockettes!", with photographs by Billy Maynard, printing a 2pp. report by Ed McCormack on The Cockettes and Sylvester in New York for their three week run at the Anderson Theatre and the audience who turned out to see them + Fran Lebowitz on meeting The Cockettes at Kennedy Airport and commentary on their show: "Visually, they are magnificent… The show itself is awful." Also: Barbara Freeman on the poor working environment at Rolling Stone magazine: "Everyone, especially the women, were..... More about CHANGES Vol. 3, #11 (NY: December 15, 1971
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Front and back colour cover art by Bill Griffith. The first and only printing of the second (and last) issue of this comic-cum-magazine. Contains the lyrics to three Cockettes' songs from 'Hot Greeks', including 'The Twat of Tangier'. Illustrated with photographs by Fayette Hauser (4pp.). Also: comic contributions from Spain Rodriguez, Kim Deitch, Jim Osborne, Kenneth Greene, Rory Hayes, and Bill Griffith; Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard collaborate on a 10pp. comic featuring children's cartoon characters Nancy and Henry having sex; Nancy Senauke's "Exercises in Smashing Monogamy"; an article by Bobbie Creeley about growing..... More about FITS Magazine #2 (SF: FITS Collective, 1972
Nocturnal Dream Shows presents John Rothermel in Das Käbarett Black Moonlight at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, April 21-22, 1972. Thin card handbill. 17.7x12.6cm. Artwork by Todd Trexler featuring a photograph of Rothermel by Wren de Antonio. '1972' date stamp to verso. Fine. More about DAS KABARETT BLACK MOONLIGHT
Nocturnal Dream Shows presents The Cockettes in Pearls Over Shanghai at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, May 19-20, 1972. Thin card handbill. 17.7x12.8cm. Artwork by Pristine Condition. The third and final revision of The Cockettes' three-act play, 'Pearls Over Shanghai', with Scrumbly replacing Hibiscus as Lili Frustrata. '1972' date stamp to verso. Fine. More about PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI
An original handbill announcing Sylvester and his Hot Band at The Shed, San Francisco, August 9-10, 1972. B/w, photo-illustrated. 21.5x14cm. States "The New Twinkle in Blue Thumbs Eye", probably a reference to Sylvester's two songs on 'Lights Out: San Francisco', an album compiled by San Francisco's KSAN radio and released on the Blue Thumb label, which signed him a few months later. Sylvester invited The Cockettes' pianist Peter Mintun to accompany him at the shows, though this failed to materialise due to Mintun's insistence on rehearsals and Sylvester's unreliability in showing up for them. Near Fine. More about SYLVESTER AND HIS HOT BAND AT THE SHED
An original handbill announcing John Rothermel and Peter Arden at 56 Gold Street, San Francisco, September 1972. 28x21.8cm. Printed in black on orange stock. Designed by Todd Trexler, featuring a photograph by Miller of Rothermel and Arden (aka Peter Mintun) in 1920s drag. Keyboard player Mintun remained in San Francisco when The Cockettes went to New York in November 1971. His last performance with the troupe was in the three-night run of 'Vice Palace' (starring Divine and Goldie Glitters) in October 1972, when he accompanied Rothermel. 56 Gold Street was a gay bar and nightclub located in an..... More about JOHN ROTHERMEL & PETER ARDEN
An original handbill announcing Sylvester and The Hot Band at the Palace Theatre, San Francisco, January 1, 1973. Sepia toned, with photograph of Sylvester by Viva. 28x21.7cm. Billed as "A Star's Homecoming! A New Years Eve Fete!", the packed out midnight show marked Sylvester's return to the Palace, the venue for his first solo show on January 15, 1971. He later told the Berkeley Barb: "I miss the Palace Theatre a whole lot because it was fabulous. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I think it was one of the best things to..... More about SYLVESTER AND HIS HOT BAND AT THE PALACE
Ed. Michel Caen. Large magazine format, perfect bound. 116pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and b/w. Texts in French. Cockette John Rothermel on front cover. Contains a 26pp. photographic portfolio of Gilles Larrain's Kodachrome studio portraits of gay and trans personalities ("New York Unisex"), including several members of The Cockettes, probably taken during their visit to New York in November 1971. The photographs are accompanied by an interview with Larrain, whose book 'Idols', published later in 1973, included some of the images from this issue of Zoom alongside others documenting New York's downtown drag and cross-dressing scene... More about ZOOM Le Magazine de l'Image #16 (Paris: January/February, 1973
Two strips of two prints (each measures approx. 14x5cm.), and three individual prints (each approx. 4.5x6.5cm.), cut from a contact sheet, with the photographer's stamp to versos. The images portray Divine in a number of different poses, most of them taken in her (or someone's) kitchen. One of them was used to illustrate an interview with John Waters published in Screw #230 (July 30, 1973), a clipping of which is included, folded and mailed in the accompanying Hotel Chelsea envelope to William Levy, then editor of Suck. The prints are contained within two folded sheets of Hotel Chelsea..... More about A group of 7 b/w contact sheet photographs of Divine by Billy Maynard, c.1973 + photos of Mario...
Ed. Winston Leyland. Tabloid newspaper, folded, as issued. 20pp. Front cover photograph of Pristine Condition by Anthony Enton Friedkin. "Gay: A Photographic Essay" prints a further 16 photographs by Friedkin over six pages, including one of two men waiting in line at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco in 1972, and one of Cyclona (Robert Legoretta), a queer Chicano performer active in East Los Angeles from 1966 and precursor to the West Coast/Cockettes psychedelic drag/genderfuck scene. Also: Winston Leyland's 3pp. interview with Christopher Isherwood; a book review of 'Great Gay in the Morning! One Group's Approach to..... More about GAY SUNSHINE: A Newspaper of Gay Liberation #19 (Berkeley, CA: Sept.-Oct. 1973
An original leaflet announcing 'Angels in Morning' at U.C. Extension (Haight and Buchanan), San Francisco, October 31, 1973. Single sheet of white paper stock designed to fold out from a centre opening. Printed offset in red and blue. 20.1x16.5cm. (folded); 20.1x32.8cm. (unfolded). Illustrated with a decorative design on both sides, and a stylised script inside inviting guests to the costume party to "come as hoo-ever you are". By the time of the announcement Hibiscus had already left San Francisco for New York, where he formed his own group, also known as the Angels of Light, while the San..... More about ANGELS IN MORNING
Includes "The Third Sex: Hold On, It's Coming" (10pp.) by James Nolan, a lengthy photo-illustrated cover feature on androgyny, the "new pansexuals" who "ignore the old distinctions between man and woman, straight and gay, and flow easily from one sexual role to another." Gregory Pickup's front cover photograph shows Angels of Light members Jack (Coe) and Hibiscus wearing genderfuck costume (an uncropped version of the same photo inside also features Tahara). The Angels of Light split from the Cockettes in early 1971, the former choosing to pursue free theatre without admission charge, and Pickup's film on their underground..... More about RAMPARTS Vol. 12, #5 (Berkeley, CA: December 1973
NY: Delta, 1981. First edition. Sm. 4to. Wrps. (no hardcover issued), 243pp. Photo-illustrated throughout. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "From the gutter, John Waters". Waters' autobiography opens with an account of his upbringing in Baltimore (dubbed the "hairdo capital of the world"), and covers his friendship with Divine, the making of his first movies, stories of the circle of friends/actors he used in these films, and an account of how he travelled to LA to attend the Manson trial and then to San Francisco where he lived in his car, grew "a thin pencil-line mustache..... More about SHOCK VALUE: A TASTEFUL BOOK ABOUT BAD TASTE
SF: Manic D Press, 1996. Wrps. (no h/c issued), 160pp. Illustrated. Introduction by Exene Cervenka. SIGNED and inscribed by the legendary (and recently deceased) transgender performer on the half-title page: "To Miss Clare, Here's to Fairies Goddess Rock 'n Roll Boys Mermaids Punk Glitter Gold Silver Roses and Rent. Love Bambi Lake". A "highly personal account of one individual's evolution from innocent, suburban Johnny Purcell into fabulous, sophisticated Bambi Lake", taking in "San Francisco's queer salad days in the '70s" (gay communes, the Angels, Cockettes, Kaliflower) through to her work as a "chanteuse, stripper, actress, and..... More about THE UNSINKABLE BAMBI LAKE: A FAIRY TALE CONTAINING THE DISH ON COCKETTES, PUNKS, AND ANGELS
LA: Alyson Books, 2004. First edition, hardbound issue. Lge. 8vo. 274pp. + 16pp. photo-insert. Cover illustration by Gary Panter, with b/w photograph by Clay Geerdes. A vivid and detailed memoir of "the golden era of psychedelic euphoria where anything was possible" by the former member of The Cockettes known as 'Sweet Pam'. In his blurb, John Waters describes the book as "a big, beautiful showbiz acid flashback". Small top corner bumps, o/w Near Fine in dw. Uncommon in the hardcover edition. More about MIDNIGHT AT THE PALACE: MY LIFE AS A FABULOUS COCKETTE
Port Townsend, WA: Process Media, 2020. First edition. 4to. Illustrated laminated boards. 352pp. A beautiful and extravagantly illustrated celebration of The Cockettes, filled with colour and b/w photographs by, among others, Robert Altman, Joshua Freiwald, Clay Geerdes, Peter Hujar, Gilles Larrain, Mary Ellen Mark, Billy Maynard, Scott Runyan, David Wise, as well as many from the private collection of the book's author and founding member of The Cockettes, Fayette Hauser. Although primarily visual, the book also includes conversations with John Waters and Peter Coyote, profiles of many of the troupe's members, and contributions from Maureen Orth..... More about THE COCKETTES: ACID DRAG & SEXUAL ANARCHY
Original programme for The Living Theatre's production of 'Beyond The Mountains', Kenneth Rexroth's verse adaptation of the Oresteia. NY: The Living Theatre, 1951. Textured decorated paper wrappers, stapled, 16pp. Prints texts by Harold Norse ("The Poetic Theatre") and Paul Goodman ("Vanguard and Theatre"), both of whom had been introduced to Julian Beck by Tennessee Williams. Also includes a poem by Oscar Williams, along with notes on the play (directed by Julian Beck), and the cast list (Judith Malina played three different roles). The Living Theatre's second production to be held in a full-sized theatre (viz. the..... More about BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS
Original flyer for The Living Theatre's production of 'The Young Disciple', Paul Goodman's interpretation of the Gospel according to St. Mark. NY: The Living Theatre, 1955. Single sheet, printed in white on a blue ground. 30x10.5cm. The performances were held at The Living Theatre's loft space on West 100th and Broadway in October 1955, and the flyer prints details of the cast and production, music for which was provided by Pierre Schaeffer, with choreography by Merce Cunningham. Old horizontal fold 9cm. from top edge, o/w Near Fine. More about THE YOUNG DISCIPLE
Original programme for The Living Theatre's production of William Carlos Williams's play, 'Many Loves'. NY: The Living Theatre, (January) 1959. Red and blue dyed decorated wrps., 16pp. Front cover drawing by Jean Cocteau. Prints texts by Alan Hovhaness and Martin Buber, along with cast and production details. The play was the first to be staged in The Living Theatre's new Playhouse at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street. It was well received and a party held in celebration for it was attended by Allen Ginsberg (who kneeled in homage at Julian Beck's feet), Jack Kerouac (with whom Beck was..... More about MANY LOVES
Original flyer announcing the opening of The Living Theatre's production of 'Tonight We Improvise' by Luigi Pirandello, November 6 (1959). NY: The Living Theatre, 1959. Printed in black on mustard colour paper stock, featuring artwork by Remy Charlip. 27.5x21.5cm. The pseudo-improvisational structure of the play, first staged successfully by The Living Theatre in 1955, allowed actors to come in direct contact with the audience, "to awaken them from their passive slumber", a rupture of the fourth wall that later became their defining ethos. Fine. More about TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE
NY: Grove Press (Evergreen Original), 1960. First edition. Wrps., 96pp. + 16pp. b/w photo-illustrations by John E. Wulp (including Warren Finnerty as Leach on the front cover). Preface by Kenneth Tynan. Jack Gelber's depiction of the life of drug-addicted musicians was first performed by The Living Theatre in July 1959 and brought them their first real success. Designed by Julian Beck and directed by Judith Malina, it featured, among others, Freddie Redd, who wrote and performed the music with Jackie McLean, Larry Ritchie and Michael Mattos. In a letter from jail in 1965 to his friend Karl Bissinger..... More about THE CONNECTION + London Theatre programme
8vo. Stapled wrps., unpaginated (16pp.). Cover drawing by Jean Cocteau. 5 photo-illustrations. Provides details of four plays produced during the 1960-61 season at The Living Theatre: 'In the Jungle of Cities' by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Judith Malina; 'The Connection' by Jack Gelber, directed by Judith Malina and featuring Martin Sheen in the role that launched his acting career (while Al Pacino worked backstage); 'The Theatre of Chance I: The Marrying Maiden' by Jackson Mac Low, directed by Malina and featuring music by John Cage; and 'The Theatre of Chance II: Women of Trachis' by Sophokles, a...... More about THE LIVING THEATRE: REPERTORY 1960-61
8vo. Stapled wrps., unpaginated (16pp.). Cover drawing by Jean Cocteau. 3 photo-illustrations. Provides details of four plays produced during the 1961-62 season at The Living Theatre: 'The Apple' by Jack Gelber, directed by Judith Malina and designed by Julian Beck (it featured an early theatrical appearance by James Earl Jones); 'In the Jungle of Cities' by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Malina, who featured in the cast alongside Joseph Chaikin and Martin Sheen; 'The Connection' by Jack Gelber, also directed by Malina and featuring Joseph Chaikin and Martin Sheen; and 'Many Loves' by William Carlos Williams, directed and designed..... More about THE LIVING THEATRE: REPERTORY 1961-62 10th Anniversary
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'..... More about SONGS OF THE REVOLUTION
Original flyer announcing 'Jail Poets', a poetry reading at The Living Theatre sponsored by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, July 22, 1963. Printed in black on white paper stock. 28x21.6cm. Artwork by Emma Silverman (uncredited). The ten poets who read included Julian Beck, Carol Bergé, Saul Gottlieb, Judith Malina, Jack Micheline, George Montgomery, and Ed Sanders (who had recently started using The Living Theatre's typewriter to type stencils for his mimeo mag, Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts). A second 'Jail Poets' reading was held on September 9, featuring, among others, Jackson Mac Low, Taylor Mead..... More about JAIL POETS
A petition organised by Karl Bissinger soliciting support for the 'Declaration of Conscience of Emergency Committee for The Defense of The Living Theatre' (NY: 1963). Two mimeographed sheets, stapled at top corner. The Living Theatre was forced to close in 1963 because of IRS charges of tax problems (later proved false). Julian Beck and Judith Malina represented themselves in the trial in 1964, but were convicted of contempt of court, for which they served sixty and thirty days respectively in jail. After being placed on probation for five years, they left America in early 1965 for voluntary exile..... More about DEFENSE OF THE LIVING THEATRE
Ed. Tom McGrath. Beck originally wrote the synopsis, also known as 'The Skeleton Key' or 'The Frankenstein Poem', in Velletri, Italy in 1965, later revising it three times. Also: Ezra Pound; Morton Feldman in London; Bradley Martin (Hoppy) interviews George Andrews; the London Filmmakers Co-op/Festival of Underground Films, with a commentary by William Burroughs on Antony Balch's film 'Towers Open Fire!', and an Adam Ritchie photo of Barbara Rubin filming Jonas Mekas in NYC (she filmed The Living Theatre's production of 'The Connection' in 1962); Kim Fowley ('Portrait of a Freak'); a report on IT's launch..... More about "Berlin… The Living Theatre", a short article on The Living Theatre's production of...
8vo. Stapled wrps., 96pp. Ed./pub. Reginald Gay. A detailed exposition of the plot of The Living Theatre's adaptation of 'Frankenstein'. Also: front cover photograph of Taylor Mead; photo of Jonas Mekas; 26pp. interview with Jean-Jacques Lebel by Saul Gottlieb; Ben Vautier; Cecil Taylor; poems by Jack Micheline, Tuli Kupferberg, Gerard Malanga, Philip Whalen, Julian Beck, David Henderson, and Doug Blazek; more. Foxing to endpapers; wrappers rubbed, o/w Very Good. More about "Man-Monster-Machine Collage: The Living Theatre's Frankenstein" by Oda Jürges (13pp.,...
4to. Stapled wrps., 32pp. Illustrated. Ed. Susan Sherman; contributing editors Arthur Sainer and Joseph Berke. Prints three letters from Julian Beck to his friend, Karl Bissinger (illustrated with the latter's photographs of Beck and The Living Theatre), dating from January 1965. Also: Charles Poncé on alchemy; poems by Jerome Rothenberg; Truffaut's 'Fahrenheit 451'; cover and drawings by Dorothy Heller; sculptor Jason Seley; Carol Bergé (mentions of Jud Yalkut/USCO and Max Neuhaus); Mark Hedden on prehistoric symbols; Allen Katzman (editor of EVO); the Tarot; ads. for The Free School of NY and the Dialectics of Liberation conference..... More about "Letters from Jail" by Julian Beck (5pp.) in IKON #2 - 'Magic and Art' issue (NY: IKON...
Original programme for The Living Theatre's production of 'Frankenstein' at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, October 3-5, 1967. Slim wrps., 8pp. Initialled 28-word handwritten ink note (and further annotations in pencil) by Julian Beck to the title page, and numerous holograph alterations in an unknown hand to the cast list. The Dublin production was The Living Theatre's third version of 'Frankenstein', preceded by the six-hour premiere in Venice in September 1965, and a second, slightly shorter version at the Festival of Cassis in the summer of 1966. In the much shorter Dublin production, Beck played the part of Frankenstein..... More about FRANKENSTEIN
Ed. Bill Levy. A transcript of Julian Beck's speech from the Congress on the Dialectics of Liberation held at the Roundhouse in July 1967, edited (and titled) by Bill Levy. Also: front cover art by Ilene Astrahan (later a pioneer of computer art); Brion Gysin in London, w. photo by Abigail Levy; Harry Fainlight; John Wilcock; the Maharishi interviewed by Marie-Louise Jureit and Malcolm Hart; Pamela Zoline; Ray Durgnat ("Understanding Kinkery"); a 2pp. interview with Steve Abrams (SOMA); John Peel; more + ads. for the Arts Lab; Oz magazine (designed by Martin Sharp); Kleptomania boutique; and half-page 'Christmas..... More about "Sex Money and Action in a Supplementary Society" (2pp.), with photo-illustrations by...
i) two autograph postcards signed and an original collage with an accompanying note from Gianfranco Mantegna (then on the road in France and Italy) to Bill Levy and Jack Henry Moore in London, c. late 1967/early 1968. The collage (19.4x20.8cm.) includes four lines in holograph ink (attributed to Jenny Hecht): "My name is Paradise Now/ Call me Me/ or call me You/ Just as long as you never insult me/ I'll make all your dreams come true." One of the postcards was sent from Cefalù, Sicily, where The Living theatre were preparing 'Paradise Now'. Gianfranco Mantegna was an..... More about A group of six items, including autograph postcards + collage
A group of 19 b/w photographs by Gérard Collet of The Living Theatre's production of 'Paradise Now', probably shot in Toulon and/or Geneva in 1968. Each measures 10.5x7.3cm.; photographer's stamp to versos, alongside a Belgian customs stamp. Accompanied by a typewritten sheet providing details of a film by Collet, "Living Theatre, Theatre Libre… on the Living Theatre and their latest piece Paradise Now." Good quality vintage prints featuring Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Jenny Hecht, Karen Weiss [?], and Mel Clay, as well as other members of the troupe and the audience. 'Paradise Now' fully realised The..... More about PARADISE NOW
Original 'Paradise Now' poster. Printed offset in black ink on white paper stock. 43x55.5cm. No date (c. 1968). The chart was conceived by Julian Beck and Judith Malina in order to illustrate the structure of the production and as a means of conveying to the audience a path to Paradise, the political and spiritual journey required for the total reinvention of life free from oppression and exploitation. Combining elements of anarchist, Reichian, Laingian, Cabalist and Tantric philosophies, and illustrated with diagrams of the human body representing the unification of the physical and the spiritual, it was..... More about PARADISE NOW - THIS CHART IS THE MAP
A group of 11 b/w photographs from The Living Theatre's production of 'Antigone' (1968). Includes two grainy prints of Julian Beck and Judith Malina, each measuring approx. 23.5x18cm., the latter image of Malina as Antigone replicated in a smaller size (14.8x10.5cm.), and a group of eight stage shots (each 8.8x12.7cm.) featuring Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Petra Vogt (who joined The Living Theatre in 1962 and assisted Malina in her translation of Brecht's 'Antigone'), and other cast members. Vintage prints. Photographer unknown. Very Good. 'Antigone', the last script written by a playwright that the company produced, was, like 'Frankenstein'..... More about ANTIGONE
A group of six b/w photographs from The Living Theatre's production of 'Frankenstein' (1968). Vintage prints. Dimensions vary (largest 19.6x24cm., smallest 14.7x10.4cm.). Photographer unknown. Very Good. Each image illustrates the stage set, designed by Julian Beck to symbolise societal structure. Its elaborate construction consisted of a large three storey-high rectangular metal structure, compartmentalised with gangplanks and ladders. More about FRANKENSTEIN
A group of 34 b/w photographs from The Living Theatre's production of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces', c. 1968. Sizes vary, most approx. 23x17cm. Vintage prints contained in an orange Agfa-Gevaert box, 24 of them stamped 'Philip J A' on the verso, 4 stamped 'Jean-Paul Saint-Martin', and 5 stamped 'A rendre le jour de la séance à l'administrateur de productions d'aujourd'hui' (one print not stamped). At least one photograph in this latter group is by Gianfranco Mantegna (see front cover of item #81). Includes images of Julian Beck, Judith Malina (who coined the title 'Mysteries and Smaller Pieces'), Jenny..... More about MYSTERIES & SMALLER PIECES
A group of 24 b/w photographs from The Living Theatre's production of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces', c. 1968, probably intended for exhibition at the Arts Lab in London in 1969. Vintage prints. Various sizes (smallest 16.4x10.5cm.; largest 29.2x21.6cm.); 14 mounted on black card for exhibition. Includes images of Julian Beck, Steven Ben Israel, James Anderson, Jenny Hecht, Rufus Collins, Vicente Segura, and Echnaton in various tableaux vivants, and Beck arranging the bodies of plague victims in the final part of 'Mysteries'. Overall condition Very Good. More about MYSTERIES & SMALLER PIECES
A group of 10 b/w photographs from The Living Theatre's production of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces', c. 1968. Includes three portraits of Julian Beck. Vintage prints. Each measures 17.6x12.6cm. Photographer unknown. Very Good. More about MYSTERIES & SMALLER PIECES
NY: Boss, 1968. First edition. Wrps., unpaginated (40pp.). Three full-page b/w photographs. Cover photograph by Saul Gottlieb of Steven Ben Israel as the Creature in 'Frankenstein' (Amsterdam, December 1967). A collection of poems by Judith Malina, Julian Beck, Rufus Collins, Birgit Knabe, Petra Vogt, Saul Gottlieb, Pamela Badyk, and others. Lacks staples at spine, o/w Very Good. More about LIVING THEATRE POEMS
Also: brief news on Anna Lockwood acquiring "a dozen old London taxis, and… making them available for self-drive hire", and Harvey Matusow looking for "computer atrocity stories" for a new book; the Oakland 7; half-page on John Lennon at the Robert Fraser Gallery by Biddy Peppin (Arts Lab), with photo of John and Yoko, plus short letter from Lennon to Canon Verney; Zappa record, and book reviews, by Miles; John Peel's 'Perfumed Garden' (incl. the Oz show at Middle Earth: "Jeff Dexter plays the same records I would play"); ads. for The Deviants' LP 'Ptooff!', Apple; more. Very..... More about "Paradise Now" by Julian Beck, a two-colour centrespread with illustrations by John...
Geneva: Productions Nili, nd. (1968). LP record (N-201). Front cover photography by Georges Goor. Sleeve notes by Emmanuel Haymann, with list of the 31 cast members. A recording made by Francis Verin of The Living Theatre's performance of 'Paradise Now' at the Pavillon des Sports, Geneva on August 24, 1968. The performance was the company's last before their return to America and followed their controversial withdrawal from the Avignon Festival. Sleeve Near Mint (minor lower right corner wear); disc Excellent. Not usually found in such nice condition. More about PARADISE NOW
Also: Motherfucker Ben Morea acquitted in Boston; the Oakland 7; lengthy interview with Ken Weaver (The Fugs); colour centrefold poster announcing an exhibition of "Head Graphics"; the White Panthers; Julius Lester; "Pig Death Karma" by Jerry Rubin; qtr.-page ad. for upcoming concerts at the Kinetic Playground (Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Tim Hardin, Jeff Beck, and others); full-page back cover colour concert ad. for the MC5 and Rotary Connection at the Seed-Kaleidoscope Up Against The Wall Ball at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, February 20; more. Some fraying along spine and age-toning to cover, o/w Very Good. Mojo Entmooter (Greg..... More about "The Living Theatre is Good Dope", a 1pp. photo-illustrated feature by Abe Peck on The...
Original programme for The Living Theatre's productions of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces', 'Frankenstein', 'The Antigone of Sophokles', and 'Paradise Now' at the Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California, February 24-March 2, 1969. Purple wrappers printed in black, stapled. 8vo. 8pp. Includes the scenario of 'Frankenstein' and full cast lists for each production. The dates formed part of a US tour produced by Beverly Landau, Mel Howard and Saul Gottlieb under the auspices of the Radical Theatre Repertory, a booking agency for a collective of sixteen other experimental ensembles (a list of them appears inside the programme's back cover..... More about RADICAL THEATRE REPERTORY PRESENT THE LIVING THEATRE
Also: full-page report on "A New York Happening in the nude: Kusama's Kapers Free Wall Street"; Liza Williams on Fred Neil; ads. for It's A Beautiful Day at the Whisky a Go Go, and screenings of "Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys" and "Jack Smith's Infamous Masterpiece Flaming Creatures" ("for liberal-minded adults only!"); more. Very Good plus. More about "Mysteries and Smaller Pieces". Harvey Perr's review of The Living Theatre at USC's...
Wrps., 178pp. + ads. Ed. Richard Schechner. Photo-illustrated. This issue almost entirely devoted to The Living Theatre. Features a 21pp. interview with Julian Beck and Judith Malina by Richard Schechner; The Living Theatre's 'Avignon Statement' and 'Paradise Now: Notes' (18pp.); Stefan Brecht on The Living Theatre's "anarchist communitarianism" (28pp.); and further texts on them by Patrick McDermott (10pp.) and Irwin Silber (4pp.). Also: La Mama Troupe; Peter Brook; Max Waldman; an interview by Richard Schechner with former Living Theatre member and founder of the Open Theatre in New York, Joseph Chaikin; Stefan Brecht's lengthy review of..... More about TDR - The Drama Review Vol. 13, #3 [T43] (NY: Spring 1969
Original poster promoting Marty Topp's 1969 documentary film of The Living Theatre's tour of America in 1968. Printed offset in black on off-white paper. 39x25cm. Designed by Robert LaVigne. Illustrated with a grainy b/w photograph. States "Produced for Universal Mutant by Ira Cohen" and prints a quote by Artaud, with an oblong box in the lower part left blank for screening info. The 40-minute film, the soundtrack for which included music by the MC5 and Sun Ra, premiered at Max's Kansas City on November 11, 1970 as part of the First New York Underground Film Festival... More about PARADISE NOW - LIVING THEATER IN AMERIKA
Nd. (c. 1969). A group of eight drawings by Living Theatre children. Quarto-size sheets stapled together. Each drawing on the blank verso of the final page from Diane di Prima's mimeo mag., The Floating Bear #37 ('Freewheelin' Frank's '666. The Hymn to Lucifer'). A handwritten text by Steve T'sn (Steve Thompson?) appears on the back, beginning: "The Smuck is in the Lotus and the Lotus is in the Smuck and the Smuck is a beautiful Jewel." Very Good. More about THE SERPENT GOD by Minni Jones, Steve T'sn and Rufus Collins
Contained in a large envelope addressed to Moore in bold red felt-tip ink (postmarked May 1969): i) an original drawing of a female figure by Birgit Knabe. Black ink on paper. 33.3x24.5cm. Together with three signed photocopies (Thermofaxes?) of similar drawings by her, two of them additionally signed on the verso in purple ink and one inscribed by her on the verso (plus one smaller-size photocopy of a drawing, 29.3x21cm.). One of the drawings was used to illustrate the Roundhouse programme [item #73]. Birgit Knabe (Gypsy) performed in several Living Theatre productions and designed the costumes for 'Frankenstein';..... More about A group of items by members of The Living Theatre, originally sent from Grenoble to Jack Henry...
i) the first page of a typewritten letter from theatre producer Oscar Lewenstein to Jim Haynes, dated April 25, 1969, concerning information required for The Living Theatre's visit (Labour Permits etc.). Lengthy holograph text in purple felt-tip pen to verso by Jenny Hecht, ending: "Altruism (ALL-TRUE-ISM) is the first word of the new English alphabet" [signed] "Jenny Hecht". The daughter of screenwriter Ben Hecht and Judith Malina's closest friend in the company, Hecht died from a Seconal overdose in north Hollywood in March 1971. ii) typewritten text by Jim Haynes, with mentions of Oscar Lewenstein and the company's..... More about A small group of documents relating to The Living Theatre's visit to London and their series of...
The colours of the solar spectrum were added for the magazine's full-page reproduction of the 'Paradise Now' chart (as per the stage lighting, though not the poster). This issue also includes "The Plot is the Evolution", a Living Theatre photomontage + "The Ritual is the Vision" by Bill Levy, incorporating a text by Judith Malina + half-page ad./advance publicity for The Living Theatre's series of performances in June 1969 at the Roundhouse, "plus late-night intimate things at the Arts Lab". Also: Oz Comicks Supplement, featuring work by Phillipe von Mora, Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and Martin Sharp's..... More about "The Chart is the Map - Paradise Now!" in Oz #21 (London: OZ Publications Ink Ltd., May...
9x11.5cm. Loosely contained in an envelope bearing the artist's handwritten statement: "This little collage is from Marcia, she likes very much to have it published, she needs to send hundreds of these to newspapers; take good care of it, she wants to have it back." Together with: i) original flyer, illustrated with Herscovitz's collage, announcing The Living Theatre's production of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 1969 (see also item #74). Designed by Bill Levy. 26x21cm. Dark red ink printed on both sides on gray-green card. Prints quotes from Julian Beck and..... More about Original collage, untitled, c.1969 + Roundhouse flyer + Oz #24 with Robert Crumb poster
Original poster announcing The Living Theatre's productions of 'Mysteries', 'Antigone', 'Frankenstein' and 'Paradise Now' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 4-28, 1969. Printed offset-litho by The Word (Notting Hill) in black on white paper stock. 60x76.5cm. Illustrated with a group photograph of The Living Theatre Company. The month-long run at the Roundhouse was consistently sold out, and years later Richard Neville recalled the opening night of 'Paradise Now' in his memoir of the period: "A steamy, scriptless tableau of writhing bodies, exhorting and stamping. Limbs disentangle themselves and figures leap from stage to chairs and berate the audience…..... More about THE LIVING THEATRE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE
Original programme for The Living Theatre's production of 'Frankenstein' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 1969. Single folio sheet, folded once to make 4pp. Printed in black on pink paper stock. Measures 36.3x25.8cm. when folded. Illustrated on the front with a photograph of the set, a collage of scenes from the action in the centrespread, and a drawing by Birgit Knabe on the back [item #68]. The second page prints Julian Beck's synopsis of the three-act play, as printed in English for the first time in International Times #2 [item #46]; page three prints quotes from Eric Gutkind's..... More about FRANKENSTEIN
Original flyer for The Living Theatre's production of 'Mysteries & Smaller Pieces' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 1969. 26x21cm. Designed and printed by Bill Levy and originally handed out for free at the Roundhouse. Dark red ink printed on both sides on gray-green card. Illustrated with a collage by Marcia Herscovitz [item #71] on one side, and on the other an image of the Buddha superimposed over a diagram showing the acupuncture meridians of a human head. Prints brief quotes from Julian Beck and Antonin Artaud, whose description of the plague that devastated Marseille in 1720 inspired..... More about MYSTERIES & SMALLER PIECES
Poster + original artwork promoting The Living Theatre's production of 'Antigone' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 1969. Designed and produced by Bill Levy. Poster printed in black ink on thin card stock. 43.2x62cm. Bordered on two sides by reproductions of old magazine ads. and featuring a central photo-image of a mixed media assemblage by Barry Hall, co-founder of the Goliard Press. Together with: the original photo-reproduction of the assemblage, mounted on thick card, signed on the verso by Hall and dated 1967. 56x41cm. The poster was met with extreme displeasure by Judith Malina, who forbade..... More about THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOKLES
Printed in purple ink on white paper stock. 35.5x25.2cm. Prints a brief history of the company and synopses of the four productions, with a ticket booking form in the lower part. Verso prints the Arts Lab calendar for May/June 1969, with mention of The Living Theatre's upcoming run at the Roundhouse and screenings of Living Theatre films, including 'Theatre Libre' and 'Paradise Now'; plus dates for Lee Harris's 'Love Play'; Lindsay Kemp's 'White Pantomime'; lectures by Richard Neville, Eldridge Cleaver, Harvey Matusow and Jay Landesman; Jim Haynes's 'Verbal Happening'; a concert by Musica Electronica Viva; and..... More about Original publicity and booking form for The Living Theatre at the Roundhouse, north London, June...
Original illustrated holograph manuscript, c. 1968-69. Consists of cut-outs pasted on to four separate sheets of paper, each sheet measuring 30x23cm., as published in IT #58 (London: June 13, 1969). Printer's instructions affixed to verso of each sheet. The 'Mat Piece', first developed by The Living Theatre in Cefalù, Sicily in Spring 1968 (so titled because it was performed there on a straw mattress), formed the 'Rite of Opposite Forces' part of the sixth Rung of 'Paradise Now' and lasted about twelve minutes. Each actor was expected to prepare for it by studying anarchist philosophy and various spiritual..... More about MAT PIECE
i) 3pp. typescript with holograph amendments by Steven Ben Israel, beginning "Every time we speak or move, whether we know it or not, WE say I LOVE YOU….". A theoretical text on collective improvisation, quoting RD Laing and asserting that "The ARTISTS responsibility has always been to create the immediate mirror of his time… and to demonstrate the immediate need for this mirror to be changed…" (members of The Living Theatre visited Laing following their run at the Roundhouse in June 1969, and his book "The Politics of Experience", published in 1967, was frequently referred to by the company). Sheets..... More about A group of texts by four Living Theatre members, c. 1970
i) 8x10 photograph by Rolling Stone photographer Robert Altman of Birgit Knabe (Gypsy) and Nona Howard (Luna), probably taken in San Francisco (Golden Gate Park?) c. March 9, 1969. SIGNED and dated ('69) on the verso in pencil by the photographer. Slight wear; ii) two group photographs of The Living Theatre commune in Grenoble in 1969, one (or both) by Jul Som, and one of them inscribed on the verso: "Made in Grenoble on the 4. April Love Günter" [Pannewitz]. 13x18cm. + 10.4x14.8cm.; iii) two photographs, one of Julian Beck speaking on a hallway payphone, the..... More about A group of 8 vintage b/w photographs featuring members of The Living Theatre
Indianapolis & NY: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1970. First edition. 8vo. Green cloth. 254pp. + two 12pp. inserts featuring photographs by Gianfranco Mantegna. Dw. design by Aldo Rostagno. A detailed chronicle of The Living Theatre's six-month tour of America in 1968-69 by a regular contributor to under and overground publications who accompanied the entourage throughout, documenting the legal and financial difficulties they encountered en route, together with descriptions of their artistic and political philosophy. Very Good plus in dw. More about THE LIVING THEATRE/USA
NY: Ballantine Books, 1970. First edition (p/b original). 240pp. "A pictorial documentation by Gianfranco Mantegna of the life and the pilgrimage of The Living Theatre in Europe and in the U.S. and of the productions of Mysteries and Smaller Pieces Antigone Frankenstein Paradise Now introduced by a panel discussion on Theatre As Revolution coordinated by Aldo Rostagno with the participation of Julian Beck and Judith Malina with an Appendix of selected documents and reviews from the American press." Wrappers lightly creased, o/w a tight, Very Good plus copy. More about WE, THE LIVING THEATRE
i) 2pp. als. from Ira Cohen in New York to Bill Levy in Amsterdam, undated (c. 1970/71). "[Living Theatre member] Henry Howard here w/Sheldons uncut version [Sheldon Rochlin's 1970 documentary film, 'Paradise Now'], which I'll see tonight. Will be showing Amerikan Tour Paradise Now [Marty Topp's film, produced by Ira Cohen] + [Invasion of Thunderbolt] Pagoda this weekend… Have excellent series of [Charles Ludlam's] Bluebeard balling Lola Pashalinski - look good in larger size. Shld I send you some for Suck? Is Suck still sucking? Saw Harold Norse here several days hunting the streets of NY for a live carrot..... More about Two autograph letters signed
NY: Random House, 1971. First edition. 8vo. Black cloth, with title lettering to spine in white. 154pp. Illustrated with 23 photographs by Gianfranco Mantegna, and a double-page spread reproducing the 'Paradise Now' chart (item #53). Documents Beck and Malina's series of scripted provocations, preceded by a statement that reads: "Writing down 'Paradise Now' did not begin until six months after the premiere. This means that it was not read by the actors until more than a year later, when the writing was completed, more than fifty performances after the premiere." Fine in dw. More about PARADISE NOW: COLLECTIVE CREATION OF THE LIVING THEATRE
Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1971. First US edition (originally published in Italy in 1971). Sm. 4to. Blue paper covered boards. Unpaginated. Introductory essay by Richard Schechner. Consists of a few brief texts, but mostly a documentary collection of (approx. 280) b/w photographs in production and rehearsals, "as much a presentation of the group as any theatrical spectacle." Very Good plus in unclipped dw. More about THE LIVING BOOK OF THE LIVING THEATRE
The ad. lists appearances by Charles Bukowski, Cass Elliott, Diane di Prima, Elliot Gould, Goldie Hawn, Harold Norse, Rob Reiner, and others, plus screenings of an unnamed Dennis Hopper film and 'Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda' (by Ira Cohen). Prints a text ("Some History") by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, and the first and only appearance in print of "Om Ah Hum!", Allen Ginsberg's petition written in support of The Living Theatre. Also: Dick Gregory; Medicine Ball Caravan; Procol Harum interview; qtr.-page photo-illustrated concert ad. for Led Zeppelin at the Forum; more. Very Good. More about Full-page ad. announcing a benefit event for The Living Theatre at the Ash Grove (on Melrose),...
NY: Horizon Press, 1972. First US edition. 8vo. Orange cloth. 256pp. + 32pp. photo-insert. The first contemporaneous history of The Living Theatre, originally published in France in 1968 (it was followed by a revised edition in 1970, of which this edition is a translation). The concluding chapter was specially written for this edition, and a 15pp. appendix details The Living Theatre's tours from June 1961 through to the end of 1969. A drama critic for Le journal de Genève, Biner joined The Living Theatre during their American tour in 1968 as company archivist and secretary to..... More about THE LIVING THEATRE
Chicago: The Swallow Press Inc., 1973. First edition. Orange cloth. 413pp. + four 8pp. photo-inserts. Includes a chapter titled "The Living Theatre: Towards the Anarchist's Paradise", incorporating an essay by critic (and later dean of the Yale School of Drama) Robert Brustein ("The Third Theatre Revisited"), who invited the company to perform at Yale in September 1968 (their performance of 'Paradise Now' culminated in Beck, Malina, Pierre Devis, Nona Howard, Jenny Hecht, and five audience members being arrested and charged with indecent exposure). Also includes contributions from Richard Schechner, Bertolt Brecht, RG Davis, Bern Porter, Herbert..... More about BREAK OUT! IN SEARCH OF NEW THEATRICAL ENVIRONMENTS
NY: Avon Books, 1975. First edition (p/b original). 367pp. + ads. Includes an 8pp. transcript of Sainer's December 1971 radio interview with Steven Ben Israel of The Living Theatre, a "report on why and how The Mother's Day Play happened." Also includes an historical overview of radical theatre in America from the late 1950s on, and sections printing documents on (or by) The Om-Theatre Workshop (Boston), The Open Theatre, The Bread & Puppet Theatre, The Performance Group, The Firehouse Theater, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, among others. Pages slightly age-toned, o/w an unread, Near Fine copy. More about THE RADICAL THEATRE NOTEBOOK
Paris: Handshake Editions, 1982. First edition. 8vo. Wrps., 94pp. Cover drawing of Judith Malina by Julian Beck. Prints a collection of poems by Malina, some of which had previously appeared in small magazines in America, Italy and elsewhere. Upper wrapper partially detached from backstrip and slightly discoloured. Good only. Handshake Editions was Jim Haynes's imprint, so named because his contract with each author was based on a handshake. More about POEMS OF A WANDERING JEWESS
NY: 1984-2006. 8vo. Stapled wrps., each 8pp.-36pp. i) 'The Archaeology of Sleep' (1984) by Julian Beck, performed at the Joyce Theatre. Includes texts by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, and "Background On The Living Theatre"; ii) 'The Tablets' (by Armand Schwerner), including two copies of the printed handbill; iii) 'I&I' (by Else Lasker-Schüler); iv) 'Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and in Conversation' (by George Washington); v) 'Utopia' (by Hanon Reznikov); vi) 'The Brig' (by Kenneth H. Brown, first performed in 1963). This (slightly creased) copy..... More about A group of 6 Living Theatre programmes
The invite to 'A Tribute to Julian Beck', an event held in his honour at the Joyce Theatre, New York on November 25, 1985 (Beck died on September 14, 1985). Folded card (measures 15.2x11.5cm. when folded). Printed letterpress, with a portrait of Julian Beck tipped-on to upper panel. A 5-line excerpt from "The Life of the Theatre" is printed inside, and a loosely inserted card lists 26 of the participants, who included John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka, John Cage, Ira Cohen, John Giorno, Abbie Hoffman, Jackson Mac Low, Judith Malina, Freddie Redd, Larry Rivers, and Cecil Taylor. Fine. More about JULIAN BECK 1925-1985
Wrps., perfect bound, 104pp. Ed. Uri Hertz. Includes contributions from Ira Cohen ("In Defense of Julian Beck" + "Julian Beck at Mount Sinai"); Allen Ginsberg ("Living Theatre & Its U.S. Critics"); Jerome Rothenberg ("On the Becks"); Michael McClure ("On Julian Beck/Interview"); Michael Koch's review of two books by Julian Beck; two poems by Beck (from "Living in Volkswagen Buses & Other Songs of the Revolution" [unpublished]); and "Contra Astrologia" by Judith Malina. Also: interviews with Henry Jaglom, Tadeusz Kantor, and Gary Snyder; "Christmas in Ethiopia" and "The Stauffenberg Cycle for Julian Beck in Eternity" by Ira..... More about THIRD RAIL #7 (Los Angeles: 1985/86
NY: Grove Press, 1995. First edition. 8vo. 434pp. + 16pp. photo-insert. A history of The Living Theatre drawing on Judith Malina's diaries and The Living Theatre archives, beginning with the meeting in 1943 of 17-year-old Malina and 18-year-old Julian Beck in Manhattan and their founding of the theatre group three years later. Everyone from Tennessee Williams, Harold Norse, Frank O'Hara, Anaïs Nin and Allen Ginsberg to Jackson Pollock, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Maya Deren, and John and Yoko make an appearance. Fine in dw. More about THE LIVING THEATRE: ART, EXILE, AND OUTRAGE
London: Indica Gallery, November 1966. Exhibition poster. Printed offset in black on pale cream paper. 61.6x45.6cm. Credit line states 'Designed by James Dwyer for Yoko Ono'. The Indica show was Yoko's first exhibition outside the USA and Japan and consisted mostly of white and transparent objects, with the exception of 'Add Colour Painting' (represented by the poster), a work inviting viewer participation for which paints and brushes were provided on an adjacent white chair. The show came about after John Dunbar, the director of the gallery, met Yoko at the Destruction in Art Symposium in September 1966, and..... More about UNFINISHED PAINTINGS & OBJECTS
London: Apple Records, 1968. LP record (SAPCOR 2/613012). Sleeve photographs by John Lennon, taken in early October 1968 at Ringo Starr's Montagu Square flat using a delayed action shutter. Printed note by Paul McCartney to back cover (a line picked at random by him from the Sunday Express): "When two great Saints meet it is a humbling experience. The long battles to prove he was a Saint." The first of three experimental albums by John and Yoko released on Apple Records, recorded during an all-night session at Kenwood in May 1968 that also marked the consummation of their..... More about UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 1: TWO VIRGINS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Original poster announcing the 'Alchemical Wedding', a fundraiser for the Arts Lab and BIT organised by Jim Haynes and Jack Henry Moore at the Royal Albert Hall, December 18, 1968. Printed offset litho by The Word in chocolate brown ink on golden yellow paper. 76.5x51.5cm. Designed by Jack Henry Moore and Bill Levy. Illustrated with a woodcut from Johann Dryander's work on brain dissection, 'Anatomiae pars prior' (1537), with an added index finger placed perpendicular to the lips indicating the sign to be quiet (the image was widely appropriated and used everywhere from head shops, clubs, and books to rolling..... More about ALCHEMICAL WEDDING
Original programme/poster. Vienna: ORF TV, 1969. Broadside sheet, folded twice as issued, printed offset in black on pale cream-coloured paper stock. 59x42cm. Cast details and synopsis of the film printed in English, French and German on one side; the other side folds out to a poster showing the partially obscured faces of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Designed by Piller-Druck, Vienna. Yoko Ono's third film made in collaboration with John Lennon, commissioned and partially funded by the Austrian public service broadcaster ORF as part of their 'Underground' series. It was shot in colour in London with a hand-held..... More about FILM NO. 6: RAPE
London: Apple Records, 1969. Original promotional 10x8 glossy b/w photograph of John Lennon, c. March 1969 (around the time of his marriage to Yoko). Prints the Apple logo and the text 'I am at 3 Savile Row, most days' along the lower edge. Minor crease to upper left corner, o/w Near Fine. More about I AM AT 3 SAVILE ROW, MOST DAYS
Ed. Dennis Hackett. Front cover photograph by Ray Green. Includes feature titled "In the bag… Yoko Ono" by Irma Kurtz (6pp., photo-illustrated). Kurtz's December 1968 interview with John and Yoko began in their dentist's waiting room in Knightsbridge, where a Dutch TV programme was filming them, and continued a couple of days later at Kenwood. Also: the Supremes; Norman Mailer by Irma Kurtz (4pp.); more. Front cover partially but severely smoke-damaged from the fire years ago in Felix Dennis's archive. Fair only. More about NOVA (London: IPC Magazines Ltd., March 1969
London: Apple Records, 1969. LP record (Zapple 01). Sleeve design by John and Yoko, featuring a photograph by Susan Wood of Yoko in bed after her miscarriage at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith in November 1968, and John reclining on a makeshift bed alongside; back cover Daily Mirror photograph of John and Yoko outside Marylebone Police Station in October 1968 following their arrest for marijuana possession at 34 Montagu Square (a bust that John and Yoko claimed brought on her miscarriage and later contributed to Lennon's US immigration problems). The album's title is a pun on the 1950s BBC radio and..... More about UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono