Exhibition — Ed Sanders’ Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts

Boo-Hoo­ray in New York is exhib­it­ing a com­pre­hens­ive col­lec­tion of pub­lic­a­tions from Ed Sanders’ Fuck You Press, includ­ing a com­plete run of Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts. The Exhib­i­tion opens on Feb­ru­ary 16th 2012

The exhib­i­tion com­mem­or­ates the pub­lic­a­tion of Ed Sanders’ mem­oir Fug You: An Inform­al His­tory of the Peace Eye Book­store, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Coun­ter­cul­ture in the Lower East Side (Da Capo Press).

In Feb­ru­ary of 1962 I was sit­ting in Stanley’s Bar at 12th and B with some friends from the Cath­ol­ic Work­er. We’d just seen Jonas Mekas’s movie ‘Guns of the Trees’, and I announced I was going to pub­lish a poetry journ­al called ‘Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts’. There was a cer­tain tone of skep­ti­cism among my rather inebri­ated friends, but the next day I began typ­ing sten­cils, and had an issue out with­in a week. I bought a small mimeo­graph machine, and installed it in my pad on East 11th, hand-crank­ing and col­lat­ing 500 cop­ies, which I gave away free wherever I wandered. (…)
‘Fuck You’ was part of what they called the Mimeo­graph Revolu­tion, and my vis­ion was to reach out to the ‘Best Minds’ of my gen­er­a­tion with a mes­sage of Gandhi­an paci­fism, great shar­ing, social change, the expan­sion of per­son­al free­dom (includ­ing the leg­al­iz­a­tion of marijuana), and the then-stir­ring mes­sages of sexu­al lib­er­a­tion.
I pub­lished ‘Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts’ from 1962 through 1965, for a total of thir­teen issues. In addi­tion, I formed a mimeo­graph press which issued a flood of broad­sides and mani­festoes dur­ing those years, includ­ing Burroughs’s ‘Roosevelt After Inaug­ur­a­tion’, Car­ol Bergé’s ‘Van­couver Report’, Auden’s ‘Pla­ton­ic Blow’, ‘The Marijuana Review’, and a bootleg col­lec­tion of the final Can­tos of Ezra Pound.”
 — Ed Sanders

The run of Fuck You Press pub­lic­a­tions that blazed through New York City’s under­ground scene between 1962 and 1965 still res­on­ates with an almost super­nat­ur­al vibrancy, urgency and what the Greeks coined as enthu­si­as­mos. There were 13 issues of Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, prin­ted from 1962 through 1965. In addi­tion, Sanders pub­lished a mul­ti­tude of mimeo­graphed poetry titles dur­ing these years, along­side broad­sides, mani­fes­tos and hand­bills.

Fuck You was foun­ded by Ed Sanders — Beat poet, Fugs band mem­ber, and pro­pri­et­or of the East Vil­lage under­ground Peace Eye Book­shop. Ed Sanders‹ edit­or­i­al voice and exe­cu­tion res­ul­ted in a poetry ‘zine that was fear­less, sexu­ally pro­voc­at­ive and exper­i­ment­al. Con­trib­ut­ors included Sanders, Tuli Kup­fer­berg (also of the Fugs), Car­ol Ber­gé, John Wien­ers, Andy War­hol, Ray Brem­ser, Len­ore Kan­del, Charles Olson, Joel Oppen­heimer, Peter Orlovsky, Philip Whalen, Allen Gins­berg, Her­bert Huncke, Juli­an Beck, Frank O’Hara, Leroi Jones, Diane DiPrima, Wil­li­am Bur­roughs, Gary Snyder, Robert Kelly, Judith Malina, Carl Solomon, Gregory Corso, Robert Duncan, Robert Cree­ley, Michael McClure, Ted Ber­rigan, Joe Brainard, Gil­bert Sor­rentino, and many oth­ers.

Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts was a mimeo­graphed journ­al, prin­ted on a Speed-o-Print and later an A.B. Dick sten­cil duplic­at­or (mimeo­graph), in an edi­tion size of roughly 500 cop­ies.

Print­ing on a mimeo­graph was a cum­ber­some labor: All the gathered texts needed to be trans­ferred to sten­cils, the illus­tra­tions cut metic­u­lously by hand-held met­al-tipped styli into the page of text, the sticky, awk­wardly shaped sten­cil then attached to the drum of the mimeo­graph which supped on ink and spat some back. If one mul­ti­plies the paper sheets needed for an issue of the pub­lic­a­tion, (36500 = 18,000 sheets), that needed to be col­lated and stapled to com­plete one issue, it truly baffles that this was a one-man oper­a­tion.

This ‘zine was ded­ic­ated to free expres­sion, defy­ing taboo sub­jects, cel­eb­rat­ing sexu­al lib­er­a­tion and the use of psy­che­delics years before the Sum­mer of Love. Sanders and his col­lab­or­at­ors bridged the Beats of the Fifties and the coun­ter­cul­ture of the late Six­ties, and helped define many of the dif­fer­ences between the two — the lat­ter build­ing on the break­throughs ini­ti­ated by the former.

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Feb­ru­ary 17th to March 8th 2012
Open­ing Party: Feb­ru­ary 16th 2012 from 6 to 9pm — RSVP