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114 Songs (First Edition)

114 Songs (First Edition)

by Charles E. Ives

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Redding, CT: Charles Ives, 1922. First Edition. First Edition. Second issue, in publisher's blue cloth with titles and rule in gilt on the front board and spine, and with pages 37-39 printed, and no dust jacket as issued. Fine condition. A collection of avant-garde short pieces in every imaginable format (marches, violin sonatas, group sing-a-longs, etc.) written by Ives using the poetry of Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Wordsworth, Keats, James Fenimore Cooper, and others as lyrics. Notable as much for musical content as for the long essay by Ives at the rear regarding his typically involved conceptual intentions for this particular gathering of compositions. An eccentric publication by one of our greatest and certainly most eccentric twentieth century composers.
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50 Songs (First Edition)

50 Songs (First Edition)

by Charles Ives

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Redding, CT: C.E. Ives, 1922. First Edition. First Edition. A self-published volume of songs by Charles Ives, selected from a volume published earlier the same year, titled "114 Songs." Like "114 Songs," this was printed for distribution among the composer's friends, and judging from the small number of copies in world libraries (OCLC locates 12 libraries with copies, whereas 106 are listed with copies of "114 Songs"), it must surely have had a much smaller printing. A selection of "folk songs" by Ives, many dedicated to the work of literary greats of the generation that preceded him (Shelley, Wordsworth, Goethe, Longfellow). Characteristically, simple melody lines are played against a complex and sometimes argumentative accompaniment. Very Good in tan paper-covered boards, with a brown quarter-binding, moderately worn at the corners, brief spotting on the front board, and a touch of wear to the paper spine label, firm and clean overall. Contemporary owner name in fountain pen at the top right… Read More
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Archive of photographs of the New York Counterculture scene, 1967 (Collection of eight original...
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Archive of photographs of the New York Counterculture scene, 1967 (Collection of eight original photographs and 3 essays from 1967)

by Jerry Bauer (photographs, essays); Andy Warhol's Factory, The Fugs, Greenwich Village, League for Spiritual Discovery "LSD" (subjects)

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1967. Archive of eight vintage borderless photographs, three typescript essays, and a carbon typescript of the first essay and first page of the second, by photographer Jerry Bauer, circa 1967, with the photographs corresponding to the topics of the essays. Bauer was an American photographer best known for his photographic portraits of writers, with his portraits of Samuel Beckett being held in particularly high regard. Much of his work resides in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The first essay, "The American Underground: Mind Expansion, A Messiah, 'Love'," is an examination of Timothy Leary and the "League for Spiritual Discovery" (LSD), a communal organization carrying out studies in the religious use of psychedelic drugs, as well as the effects of LSD. Two photographs are of the New York Millbrook estate, mentioned in the essay, one of the centers for the group, one photograph of the estate itself, and the other of two participants on the porch. Another photograph… Read More
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Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community (First Edition, signed by John Cage)

Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community (First Edition, signed by John Cage)

by Martin Duberman

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New York: E .P. Dutton, 1972. First Edition. First Edition. Humorously INSCRIBED by avant garde composer and former Black Mountain faculty member John Cage on the front flyleaf: "This is a book I haven't read. / John Cage." A history of Black Mountain College, the experimental college located in North Carolina that, although only in existence 24 years, had a profound and lasting influence as a major incubator of the American avant garde. Cage taught at Black Mountain from 1948 to 1952, and was in residence during the summer of 1953. It was here that Cage organized the first of what would later become known as "happenings," a term coined by Cage's student Allan Kaprow some years later. Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. Owner name on the front endpaper. Page edges lightly foxed, with minor fading to the board edges. Jacket has several short closed tears, a few reinforced with cello tape on the verso, light creasing, and some minor chipping.
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Burst (Signed First Edition)

Burst (Signed First Edition)

by James Dashow (composer); Jack Kerouac (text)

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Rome: G. Ricordi, 1971. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page: "To Maggie - the direct cause of this piece. / With thanx! [sic] / James / 28 March, 1972 / Roma." Printed musical score, reproduced from the composer's original manuscript score. An early pioneer of computer music, James Dashow is also a composer of electro-acoustic music and opera. "Burst!" is a piece for soprano, with electronic accompaniment, and text from Jack Kerouac's 1965 novel "Desolation Angels." OCLC locates a single copy, and the piece is not listed in the Charters Kerouac bibliography, nor the Bradford Morrow catalog of the Walter Reuben collection. 19.5 x 13.5 inches. Six leaves, bound with a plastic comb binding in wrappers. Comb binding cracked and chipped, with some teeth missing. Wrappers lightly faded and soiled, pages lightly toned. Very Good overall.
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Buy Buy Baby (Original UK poster for the 1981 EP Twenty Tens)

Buy Buy Baby (Original UK poster for the 1981 EP Twenty Tens)

by [Virgin Prunes]

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London: Rough Trade, 1981. Vintage UK poster for the 1981 release of the Virgin Prunes' first EP, "Twenty Tens." Distributed by Rough Trade and released on the Baby Records label in the UK, humorously referenced here with the phrase "Buy Buy Baby" (also a sly anti-capitalist dig, consistent with the band's leftist bent). Formed in 1977, Irish post punk band the Virgin Prunes gained a significant cult following for their avant-garde, theatrical performances. The band disbanded in 1986 after the departure of front man and songwriter Gavin Friday, with the remaining members continuing to perform under the name The Prunes until 1991. 12.25 x 16 inches. Very Good plus, with some light creasing, rubbing, and edgewear.
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COUM Transmissions: Jusqua la balle crystal (Original poster for the 1975 performance in Belgium)

COUM Transmissions: Jusqua la balle crystal (Original poster for the 1975 performance in Belgium)

by [Genesis P-Orridge, COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle]

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N.p.: N.p., 1975. Original poster for a performance by COUM Transmissions held on February 18, 1975 at the Stedelijk Academy in Ghent, Belgium. The third in a series of five performances in the "Omissions" series, the previous two taking place that same month in Belgium and the final two in May and June in Germany. Scarce, with OCLC locating just a single copy. Brainchild of Genesis P-Orridge (nee Neil Megson), COUM Transmissions was an influential and controversial performance art group. Using similar techniques as, and occasionally working with, such experimental artists as William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and the FLUXUS collective, as well as explicit nudity, bodily fluids, and other taboo material, they created shocking and confrontational exhibitions and happenings. The "Omissions" performances were very much in line with this aesthetic, with tour organizer Jean Paul van Bendegem describing them as "an exploration in the unusual of existing art-disciplines and a research in between these… Read More
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Die Reihe 1-8 (First Edition, complete in eight volumes)
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Die Reihe 1-8 (First Edition, complete in eight volumes)

by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Herbert Eimert (editors, contributors)

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Vienna: Universal Edition, 1962. First Edition. First Edition. Complete run of eight volumes. Text and titles in German. An eight issue academic journal by composers and theorists Karlheinz Stockhausen and Herbert Eimert. Each issue focused on a single topic in contemporary music, such as the then-new field of electronic music, the work of Austrian composer Anton Webert, language in music, and more. Very Good plus in wrappers, with brief wear and creasing to the wrappers, and faint soil to the binding.
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Dude Theatre Presents The Butt Boys (Original flyer for two performances at The Black Box and The...

Dude Theatre Presents The Butt Boys (Original flyer for two performances at The Black Box and The Crystal Pistol, 1989)

by Spain Rodriguez (illustrator)

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N.p.: N.p., 1989. Vintage flyer advertising two performances by The Butt Boys: one on Saturday, April 15, 1989, at The Black Box in Phoenix, and one on Saturday, April 22, 1989, at The Crystal Pistol in San Francisco. Spain Rodriguez was one of the foremost underground cartoonists of the late 1960s and 1970s, alongside Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, S. Clay Wilson, and Victor Moscoso, among others. Performance art group The Butt Boys are best remembered for their circa 1990 performance "The History of Pork," described as "a comic romp through the evolution of pork and man," and as a "hard-boiled, urban-macho, bad-ass tale of The Three Little Pigs." 8.5 x 11 inches. Light edgewear and rubbing, else Near Fine.
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Four photographs of Folk Rock band McKendree Spring (Four original photographs from the archive of violinist Michael Dreyfuss)

by [McKendree Spring] Michael Dreyfuss (artist); Ron Antonucci (photographer)

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New York: N.p., 1970. Four vintage promotional photographs of progressive folk-rock group McKendree Spring from the estate of violinist Michael Dreyfuss, likely dating from the 1970s. Dreyfuss pioneered the use of violins distorted by electronic and analog synthesizers, counting synthesizer inventor Robert Moog amongst his close friends, and McKendree Spring largely became known for the experimental sound that he helped craft. McKendree Spring's most noted work includes "God Bless the Conspiracy," "Spring Suite," and their covers of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," and Neil Young's "Down By the River." 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine or better.
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Hannah Marus and Half Idiot / Half Ocean with John Maxwell (Original flyer for two San Francisco...

Hannah Marus and Half Idiot / Half Ocean with John Maxwell (Original flyer for two San Francisco performances, 1990)

by Hannah Marus

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N.p.: N.p., 1990. Vintage flyer for two San Francisco performances, one at Above Paradise (a short-lived venue above The Paradise Lounge) on Tuesday, February 27, 1990, and one at The Albion on Friday, March 2, 1990. Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hannah Marcus located to San Francisco in the late 1980s after graduating college, where she credits seeing a performance by Mark Eitzel's American Music Club as being a primary influence. Marcus formed the band Half Idiot/Half Ocean in 1989, which ranged from a duet with drummer Josh Shifman, to a five piece band including guitarist John Maxwell, as found in the flyer offered here. In 1993 Marcus released her debut EP "Demeral," followed by her first full length release, "Weeds and Lilies," in 1995. 8.5 x 11 inches on goldenrod paper. Near Fine.
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'Hat Heads Gallery' Presents a Danielle Hell Party featuring Iao Core (Original flyer for the...

'Hat Heads Gallery' Presents a Danielle Hell Party featuring Iao Core (Original flyer for the 1989 performance)

by Danielle Willis [Danielle Hell], Iao Core

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N.p.: N.p., 1989. Vintage flyer for a performance by Danielle Hell and Iao Core on Saturday, September 2, 1989, at the Hat Heads Gallery of the San Francisco College of Art. Danielle Willis, a self-described San Francisco-based poet, writer, and vampire, who often went under the pseudonym Danielle Hell in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is best known for her one-woman shows "The Methedrine Dollhouse" (1990) and "Breakfast in the Flesh District" (1992), as well as her acclaimed 1990 poetry collection "Dogs in Lingerie." The experimental rock band Iao Core combines classical, experimental, electronica, avant-garde, industrial, speed metal and other genres, and frequently features as many as 16 musicians. The band has released over 20 albums. 8.5 x 11 inches on shocking pink paper. Very Good plus, with two small bruises to the upper left.
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Help Me Somebody! It's The Janor Device (Original flyer for the 1989 nightclub performance)

Help Me Somebody! It's The Janor Device (Original flyer for the 1989 nightclub performance)

by [Church of the Subgenius]

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San Francisco: Klub Komotion, 1989. Vintage flyer for a performance by Janor Hypercleets and The Band That Dare Not Speak It's Name at Klub Komotion in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 17, 1989. Performance artist Hypercleets (also known as Hypercleats) and The Band That Dare Not Speak It's Name were proponents of The Church of the Subgenius, a parody religion founded in the 1970s which satirized American popular culture and was frequently embraced by artists and the counterculture. Klub Komotion was a popular punk and alternative San Francisco nightclub located at 2779 Sixteenth Street during the 1980s and 1990s. 8.5 x 11 inches. Four small pinholes to the lower half, else Near Fine.
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John Cage (First Edition, inscribed to Ellsworth Snyder in 1971)

John Cage (First Edition, inscribed to Ellsworth Snyder in 1971)

by [John Cage] Richard Kostelanetz

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New York: Praeger, 1970. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Cage in 1971 to Ellsworth Snyder: "for Ellsworth Snyder, / with admiration and friendship / John Cage, Madison '71." Ellsworth Snyder and Cage were longtime friends. Snyder performed the composer's work on many occasions, perhaps most infamously at Cage's much-protested 1965 appearance at the University of Illinois: "At one point [Snyder] crawled under the piano, made a show of carefully marking a precise point on the under-body of the instrument with a tape measure, then hit that spot with a mallet. Even more provocative for that particular audience, he had planted a loose piano string in the instrument, and after striking an unusually percussive chord he slowly pulled the ostensibly broken string out of the piano. By this time the audience was screaming and throwing objects at the stage." (Johanne Rivest, "In Advance of the Avant Garde: John Cage at the University of Illinois, 1952-69," 1999). Snyder contributes an essay to… Read More
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L'Arte dei rumori [The Art of Noises] (First Edition)

L'Arte dei rumori [The Art of Noises] (First Edition)

by Luigi Russolo

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Milan: Edizioni Futuriste di Poesia, 1916. First Italian Edition, preceding all others. A book length expansion of the musical theories first put forth by Russolo in a 1913 manifesto to fellow Futurist composer Francesco Balilla Pratella. Text in Italian. Perhaps the earliest treatise on the use of noise as an element in modern music, and one that would come to influence countless musicians and movements, including John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer. Very Good in wrappers. Light foxing and toning to the wrappers and endpapers, with faint tidemarks to the some pages.
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McKendree Spring music tour poster blank (Original poster for an undated tour appearance)

by [McKendree Spring] Michael Dreyfuss

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N.p.: N.p., 1970. Vintage poster blank (or proof) for a performance by progressive folk-rock band McKendree Spring, with date, time, location, and ticket information intentionally left blank, likely dating from the 1970s. From the estate of McKendree Spring violinist Michael Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss pioneered the use of violins distorted by electronic and analog synthesizers, counting synthesizer inventor Robert Moog amongst his close friends, and McKendree Spring largely became known for the experimental sound that he helped craft. McKendree Spring's most noted work includes "God Bless the Conspiracy," "Spring Suite," and their covers of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," and Neil Young's "Down By the River." 22 x 28 inches, rolled. Very Good plus, with dampstain to one edge.
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Musical Improvisation (First Edition)

Musical Improvisation (First Edition)

by Derek Bailey

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Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980. First Edition. First Edition. Rare, this being the only copy we have ever offered for sale. An early book on improvised music, written by Derek Bailey, one of the pioneering masters of the form, including chapters on Indian music, flamenco, rock, jazz and more. Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket lightly toned, with a few short closed tears and accompanying creasing to the crown, reinforced with cello tape.
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Original poster for the 1985 Stockholm Monsters single, How Corrupt is Rough Trade?

Original poster for the 1985 Stockholm Monsters single, "How Corrupt is Rough Trade?

by Stockholm Monsters (artist); Trevor Johnson (designer)

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Manchester: Factory Benelux, 1985. Vintage poster for the 1985 Stockholm Monsters single "How Corrupt is Rough Trade?", designed by Trevor Johnson for Factory Records and released by Factory Records Belgian imprint Factory Benelux. The Stockholm Monsters were an integral but often overlooked part of the Manchester/Factory Records scene of the early 1980s. Their highest charting single "How Corrupt is Rough Trade?," was an experimental and aggressive attack on Factory Records then distributor Rough Trade Records, which included the deliberately provocative cover photo and poster, found here. After several line-up changes the band parted company in 1987. Manchester designer Trevor Johnson was instrumental in the design and branding of Factory Records as well as Factory's Hacienda Nightclub in the 1980s and 1990s. He formed the UK design studio Johnson/Panas with fellow designer Tony Panas in 1985. 15.75 x 23.5 inches. Very Good plus with some creasing along the right edge.
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Original photograph of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Original photograph of Karlheinz Stockhausen

by Karlheinz Stockhausen (subject)

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N.p.: N.p., 1950. Vintage borderless photograph of composer and electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhauser, circa the 1950s. With manuscript pencil annotations on the verso. 12 x 8.5 inches. Near Fine.
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Original flyer for a 1960 experimental music show at The Living Theatre

Original flyer for a 1960 experimental music show at The Living Theatre

by [The Living Theatre] Stephen Addiss [Addis], Peter Hartman, Ezra Sims, William Sydeman, Charles Wuorinen (performers)

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New York: The Living Theatre, 1960. Vintage flyer for an experimental music performance held at The Living Theatre on November 7, 1960. Flyer advertises performances by composers Stephen Addiss, Peter Hartman, Ezra Sims, William Sydeman, and Charles Wuorinen. Founded in 1947, The Living Theatre laid the foundation for a robust underground art scene in the New York City. After more than a decade of successful original radical stage productions and adaptations of works by playwrights such as Bertold Brecht and Gertrude Stein, founders Judith Malina and Julian Beck used their space and resources for the nourishment of the arts more broadly, offering the theatre for literary benefits, film screenings, and musical performances, such as the ones advertised here. 14 x 8.5 inches. Very Good plus, with faint age toning on the left and right edges, and a few nicks at the corners.
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