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WARHOL, Andy (illus.); Ed Sanders (ed.)

FUCK YOU / a magazine of the arts, our third anniversary Mad Motherfucker issue!

Cover by Andy Warhol, from his evil "Couch Movie". Number 5, volume 8. March 1965.

A secret location on the Lower East Side, New York City: Ed Sanders, Fug Press, 1965 Stock Code: 144818
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"AGGRESSIVE INNOCENCE"

First edition of this rare issue of Ed Sanders's erotic counterculture magazine, with the coveted and fragile thermofaxed front cover. The cover features a still from Warhol's banned pansexual art-porno Couch (1964), showing Gerard Malanga, Rufus Collins, and Kate Helicser making love on the Factory couch. It also includes the significant pirated first appearance of a long homoerotic poem by W. H. Auden.

A key feature of the mimeograph revolution, Sanders's Fuck You magazine consisted of 13 issues between 1962 and 1965, advocating free love as a political weapon, and celebrating it by printing erotic poetry of every persuasion. In his editorial introduction to this issue, Sanders declared the Fug Press to be "representing three years of quality printing and aggressive innocence in the pornography industry". This was the penultimate issue and perhaps the most sought after for its notorious but fragile Warhol cover. It also is notable for containing the first publication (entirely unauthorised) of an important homoerotic poem by W. H. Auden. Written in 1948 and never intended for publication, this long and explicit celebration of a gay encounter was apparently snatched from Auden's notebooks at the Morgan Library and given the title "Gobble Poem" by Sanders, though later known as "The Platonic Blow".

Also included are pieces by Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure (described in Sanders' editorial as "an eternal San Francisco 'Meat Phantom' and cock Hawk. His poetic energy level is just shy of the left spurting freak-tube of the Eye of Horus"), LeRoi Jones, Gerard Malanga ("Has fucked 1000s of New Yorkers in his Total Apertural Assault... Chief Spurt Phantom in the Harpers Bazaar Cunt Conspiracy"), Gregory Corso, Claude Pellieu, Ted Berrigan, Sanders himself (self advertised as "a wan tremulous psychopath & multi-sexual cock phantom. His penis has the whole of ATALANTA IN CALYDON tattooed on & around it"), and others.

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Description

Quarto size, 76 varicoloured sheets, side-stapled, mimeographed text. Original Thermofax printed front cover from a film by Andy Warhol.

Illustrations

Occasional line drawn illustrations in the mimeograph.

Condition

Three small chips to edges of thermofax cover but none meaningfully affecting image, and otherwise entirely uncreased and firmly attached at the staples, rear 22 pages misbound upside down and back to front, rear page loose at the staples with some tiny tears, still very good condition indeed, particularly the fragile thermofax.

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