The End of the Summer of Love – 1967

Posted on September 19, 2017
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Century City Anti-War March — 50 Years Ago

Posted on June 23, 2017
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June 23, 1967
Artist Unknown
Offset, 1967


On June 23, 1967, 15,000 anti-Viet Nam War demonstrators marched to the Century Plaza Hotel where President Lyndon B. Johnson was speaking. It was the largest anti-war gathering in L.A. history up to that time. The peaceful march, made up primarily of students and middle class protesters, including children and babies in carriages, was attacked and forcibly dispersed by hundreds of nightstick-wielding police on motorcycles.


In 1997, on the 30th anniversary of the demonstration, the LA Times reported that “the bloody, panicked clash (that ensued between the LAPD and primarily middle class protesters) left an indelible mark on politics, protests and police relations. It marked a turning point for Los Angeles, a city not known for drawing demonstrators to marches in sizable numbers… Johnson rarely campaigned in public again, except for appearances at safe places like military bases. Within nine months, opposition to the war grew so strong that he shelved his reelection campaign.”


Produced immediately after the LAPD attacked the anti-Viet Nam War protest march at Century City, the poster features a police officer on a motorcycle. June 27, 1967, the date of the event, is depicted on his helmet. The officer’s body and motorcycle are filled with words such as “Hate,” “Kill,” and “Smash” while he rides over “Peace” and “Love.”

We were there!

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All You Need Is Love

Posted on May 4, 2017
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Fifty Years Later: The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
The Beatles by David Magnus
From their explosive beginnings -with frenzied fans drowning out the music with their screams -to their psychedelic evolution and mantra of love, love, love in the late 60’s, The Beatles had a meteoric rise and a message that affected fans worldwide. Photographer David Magnus got to witness it all, meeting The Beatles at the age of 19 and following them as they made music history around the globe. His close relationship with the band and their publicist gained Magnus amazing behind-the-scenes access to The Beatles’ historic “All You Need Is Love” recording session over the weekend of June 24th and 25th, 1967.

On Thursday, June 1st, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that groundbreaking music event, Morrison Hotel Gallery will premiere an exclusive selection of photographs from Magnus’ archives. The exhibit, entitled All You Need Is Love, features a lineup of images that have never been seen before in the U.S. This will also mark the first time these photographs have been available for sale. The exhibit will be open to the public in all three gallery locations, (NYC, West Hollywood and Maui), beginning June 1st and will run until June 13th, with all images available for purchase during and after the show, on the gallery’s website.

The selection for the exhibit includes rare shots of the band and the other participants in what would become the first satellite broadcast around the world. In one shot, Brian Epstein perches alertly on a stool while George and Pattie Boyd Harrison chat in the background. Another catches Lennon from the side, poised in front of a microphone, glasses perched on nose, flower in hair and psychedelic love beads on display. Magnus was also able to catch the band at rest, relaxing during breaks in the action.
By the time the “Love”session came about, Magnus had been following The Beatles for a few years. He’d first been invited to photograph them in 1963 when, as a still-unknown band, they were playing a concert at the Stowe School. Even so, years later, Magnus was still struck by the band’s magnetism and effect on people.
“As I came from the EMI canteen,”he said, “one of the female studio staff stopped me, put a hand on my shoulder and said to me, ‘I must touch you as you’ve been in the same room as The Beatles.’It was as if I carried an aura from The Beatles. This to me sums up Beatlemania.”
That aura permeates All You Need Is Love, which honors the historic Our World broadcast, the band, and their timeless message in one powerful exhibit. Peter Blachley, gallery co-owner, founder, and show curator, said, “This show represents the first coming together of music and technology through satellite broadcasting whose purpose was to reach a worldwide audience. We think nothing of it today, however 50 years ago it was a very big deal. A big deal made even bigger by the fact that the best band on the planet, The Beatles chose to send a message of love, hope and healing which we hope will be even more evident in this show today.”
Read more about the images in the exclusive Town & Country announcement of the exhibit.
About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel®Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The partners just launched a new location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.
MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert.
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‘It was 50 Years Ago …’ – Sgt. Pepper Gets Massive Reissue

Posted on April 10, 2017
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Sgt. Pepper album deluxe reissueApple Records has unveiled the most ambitious reissue of a Beatles title to date, with a “super deluxe edition” of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The May 26 release celebrates the 50th anniversary of the psychedelic music classic.

Highlights include a new stereo mix of the album, 5.1 surround via Bluray/DVD discs, a “lost” version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and two CDs full of studio outtakes.

Sorry, it’s a “no” for the long-sought-after experimental Beatles track “Carnival of Light,” which dates back to the period.

Here’s what’s coming based on materials released April 4 and 5 by the Beatles’ label (updated content):

The set currently lists for $150 on a partial product page set up on Amazon.

“All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, (producer) George Martin,” the “Sgt. Pepper” press release says.

The set does not reissue the widely available standard stereo version of the Beatles album.

The extras on the CDs are said to be “a deeper dive with 100 minutes of outtakes, previously unheard and unreleased.” Much of the material has been previously bootlegged, however, as was the case with the last major archival release, the “Anthology” CDs. The official release undoubtedly will bring higher quality to the studio rejects.

Contrary to recent media reports and resulting rumors, the newly remastered “Sgt. Pepper” does not insert “Strawberry Fields” and “Penny Lane” into the classic album’s running order.

Apple also is offering a single CD ($19), double CD ($25) and double LP ($39) edition of the anniversary release. (Prices likely to drift a bit.)

> Read the complete list of “Sgt. Pepper” tracks on anniversary releases.

As for the vinyl version: “Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.”

“The Making Of Sgt. Pepper” was an official hourlong documentary that debuted in the U.K. in June 1992. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ring Starr participated, giving separate interviews. Producer George Martin also weighed in from the control board at Abbey Road. A slightly shorter version reportedly aired on the Disney Channel.

Tip o’ the hat to Psychedelic Sight for the above information.

Rare Sinatra Timex TV Specials Arrive on DVD May 19

Posted on March 17, 2017
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On May 19, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release another pair of titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection on DVD and digital formats. On license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the definitive collection pulls together some of the finest performances on television and in concert from the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert.

The Timex Shows Vol.1
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show / An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra

This release combines his first two Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s.

THE FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW – First broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959. This was the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. It’s a fun and energetic show that captures Frank Sinatra at the top of his game. Guests include Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes” and later Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance.

AN AFTERNOON WITH FRANK SINATRA – First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, ‘An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra’ was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” “I’ll Never Smile Again” and duets on “Can’t We Be Friends” with Ella.

The Timex Shows Vol.2
To The Ladies / Welcome Home Elvis

This release combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960.

TO THE LADIES – First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, ‘To The Ladies’ surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt.

WELCOME HOME ELVIS – First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, ‘Welcome Home Elvis’ was Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.



1) High Hopes (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 2) Day In, Day Out (Frank Sinatra) 3) Together, Wherever We Go (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 4) Hurricane (Mitzi Gaynor) 5) Talk To Me (Frank Sinatra/Mitzi Gaynor) 6) Cheek To Cheek (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 7) Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams (Dean Martin 8) Medley: Good Old Songs/Down By The Old Mill Stream/The Old Gray Mare/In Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/That Old Feeling/Down The Old Ox Road/Old Rockin’ Chair/Old Devil Moon/You’re An Old Smoothie/My Old Flame/Ol’ Man River (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 9) High Hopes (Frank Sinatra) 10) Medley: Just One Of Those Things/Angel Eyes/The Lady Is A Tramp (Frank Sinatra) 11) Medley: Start Each Day With A Song/Inka Dinka Doo/Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor/Jimmy Durante)

1) Spend The Afternoon With Me (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got The World On A String (Frank Sinatra) 3) The Desert Is Calling (The Hi-Lo’s) 4) Comes Love (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford) 5) There’s A Lull In My Life (Ella Fitzgerald) 6) It’s All Right With Me (Frank Sinatra) 7) Juliet Prowse Dance Routine 8) Too Marvelous For Words (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 9) Here Is That Rainy Day (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 10) Just You, Just Me (Ella Fitzgerald) 11) I’ll Never Smile Again (Frank Sinatra/The Hi-Lo’s) 12) Can’t We Be Friends (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald) 13) Puttin’ On The Ritz (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse) 14) He Loves And She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald) 15) Love Walked Right In (The Hi-Lo’s) 16) Our Love Is Here To Stay (Frank Sinatra) 17) Love Is Sweeping The Country (Frank Sinatra/Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse/Ella Fitzgerald)


1) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra) 3) Ouvre Ton Coeur (Mary Costa) 4) By Strauss (Barbara Heller) 5) Ring The Bell (Lena Horne) 6) Come Cha Cha With Me (Juliet Prowse) 7) It’s A Lonesome Old Town (Frank Sinatra) 8) But Beautiful (Lena Horne) 9) From This Moment On (Lena Horne) 10) Harold Arlen Medley: As Long As I Live/It’s Only A Paper Moon/One For My Baby/Accentuate The Positive/Stormy Weather/Get Happy/Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Frank Sinatra/Lena Horne) 11) My Heart Stood Still (Frank Sinatra) 12) Yours Is My Heart Alone (Mary Costa) 13) Afraid Of Love (Barbara Heller) 14) My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Lena Horne) 15) My Funny Valentine (Juliet Prowse) 16) High Hopes (Eleanor Roosevelt) 17) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra)

1) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra) 2) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 3) Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra) 4) Come On Bess (Sammy Davis Jr) 5) Oriental Dance (Leona Irwin & The Tommy Hansen Dancers) 6) Gone With The Wind (Frank Sinatra) 7) Uh Oh! (Nutty Squirrels) 8) All The Way (Sammy Davis Jr) 9) Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jr/Peter Lawford) 10) Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley) 11) Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 12) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 13) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender – Reprise (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 14) You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra) 15) Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra)

About Frank Sinatra

Throughout his nine-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Associated of America. He extends his record to 57 for the most top 40 albums on the Billboard 200 with this year’s new Ultimate Sinatra release. Sinatra has had Top 40 hits on the charts for eight decades, which is as long as the Billboard charts have existed. He received nine GRAMMY Awards over the course of his career, including three for the prestigious Album of the Year, and an Oscar. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. He also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures.

Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.

About Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)

Frank Sinatra Enterprises is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. FSE owns Sinatra’s recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer’s name and likeness, as well as Sinatra’s audio and visual recordings. (

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The Evergreen Review Returns

Posted on March 4, 2017
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VOLUME 1, NUMBERS 1, 2, and 3

“If it is impossible to imagine literature being labeled obscene in our time, it is largely because of the Evergreen Review.” —The Daily Beast

From the moment of its inception, The Evergreen Review pushed the boundaries of propriety and free speech. Authors like Allen Ginsberg, Kenzaburō Ōe, and Jean-Paul Sartre were for the first time introduced to a broad American audience, and the response was explosive: the Review and its contributors faced lawsuits and charges of obscenity. The role of The Evergreen Review in 60’s counterculture can hardly be overstated; at its height, the magazine reached a quarter of a million Americans.

Copies of the original issues of the magazine are hard to come by, and are sought after by collectors. Now, Foxrock Books—the publishing arm of the recently revived Evergreen Review—is pleased to offer carefully crafted facsimile paperback editions of the classic first three issues of the review.

These issues feature Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Mark Schorer, Henri Michaux, Baby Dodds, Michael Hamburger, James Purdy, Harold Feinstein, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Dore Ashton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Jack Spicer, Albert Camus, and others.

Dale Peck, editor-in-chief of the relaunched Evergreen Review, is available for interview, as is John Oakes, publisher of The Evergreen Review and co-publisher of OR Books.

 The Evergreen Review Volume 1, Numbers 1, 2, and 3
Publication date: May 18, 2017

Vol 1 Number 1 ISBN 978-1-682190-89-0 Paperback ($16)
192 pages

Vol 1 Number 2 ISBN 978-1-682190-90-6 Paperback ($16)
168 pages

Vol 1 Number 3 ISBN 978-1-682190-91-3 Paperback ($16)
164 pages

These are the times that try men’s souls

Posted on February 5, 2017
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What with the election of a narcissistic, reality TV star, pathological liar as a president, and faced with a cabinet composed of ultra-rich elites and white supremacists keen on feeding off the hands of corporate vested interests … all bent on dismantling everything that humanists have fought for decades (progressive environmental, gender, health, educational and social reforms), it’s time to rise to the barricades as we did in the 1960s. Protest. Write columns, letters, blog posts. Call your government representatives — on a regular basis. Here’s a sampling of sites and information sources with which to do battle.


Michael Moore’s Resistance Calendar and Website
Michael Moore’s Resistance Calendar

Robert Reich
Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, chairman of Common Cause, a co-creator of the award-winning documentary, “Inequality for All,” and the best-selling book “Saving Capitalism.”
Make your voice heard. Calling your Government on the phone can crreate the changes you want. Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. Calling is the most effective way to influence your representative. 5 Calls provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy. Their phone app uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact.

10 Plagues Unearthed by This Election We Need to Face

7 Signs American Democracy Is Sliding into Tyranny

Welcome to the Authoritarian Kleptocracy

AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.

The Nation


The Ring of Fire Network


Our Revolution

Move On

In These Times


These are the times that try men’s souls.
Thomas Paine

Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage)

Posted on January 5, 2017
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From The Nation.
Toward the end of 2010, a small book by a 93-year-old man unexpectedly reached the  summit  of  the  best-seller  list  in  France. Indignez-vous! by Stéphane Hessel sold more than 600,000  copies  between October  and  the end of December. Stéphane Hessel, born in 1917, grew up in a rich literary milieu, authoring novels and translating Proust with the great German Jewish literary critic Walter Benjamin. He served in the French Army during the Battle of France and, like more than a million other French  soldiers,  became  a  prisoner  of  war. Following  his escape from a POW camp, he joined Gen. Charles de Gaulle and his small band of Free French résistants. He worked with de Gaulle in London, parachuted behind Nazi lines in France, was captured by the Nazi, tortured, and escaped. After the war, Hessel  became  a  diplomat and  was  involved,  along  with  Eleanor Roosevelt,  in  drafting  the  United  Nations Universal  Declaration  of  Human  Rights. Awards  and  honors  followed,  the  most recent of which are the Council of Europe’s North-South  Prize  in  2004,  the  rank  of Grand  Officer  of  the  Legion  of  Honor in  2006  and  the  2008  UNESCO/Bilbao Prize  for  the  Promotion  of  a  Culture  of Human  Rights.

Disturbed at what he perceived as a right-leaning trend in France (and the world), Hessel penned Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage), which seems especially appropriate now.

Ninety-three years. I’m nearing the last stage. The end cannot be far off. How lucky I am to be able to draw on the foundation of my political life: the Resistance and the National Council of the Resistance’s program from sixty-six years ago. It is thanks to Jean Moulin that all the elements of occupied France—all the movements, the parties, the unions—came together within the framework of the National Council to proclaim their allegiance to Fighting France and to the only leader it recognized, Gen. Charles de Gaulle. I was in London, where I had joined de Gaulle in March 1941, when I learned that the council had put the finishing touches on its program and adopted it on March 15, 1944: a collection of principles and values for Free France that still provides the foundation of our country’s modern democracy.

We need these principles and values more than ever today. It is up to us, to all of us together, to ensure that our society remains one to be proud of: not this society of undocumented workers and deportations, of being suspicious of immigrants; not this society where our retirement and the other gains of social security are being called into question; not this society where the media are in the hands of the rich. These are all things that we would refuse to countenance if we were the true heirs of the National Council of the Resistance.

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Posted on January 4, 2017
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In honor of the new year, Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency, his cabinet of misinformation, and the lies being propagated as truths (or alternate facts), we hereby reprint George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” from 1946. By the way, Orwell’s “1984,” as well as Huxley’s “Brave New World,” both staples of the counter-culture in the 1960s, have seen spikes in sales this year.

George Orwell: Politics and the English Language

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers. I will come back to this presently, and I hope that by that time the meaning of what I have said here will have become clearer. Meanwhile, here are five specimens of the English language as it is now habitually written.

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Art Sex Music

Posted on August 5, 2016
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coseyCosey Fanni Tutti. co-temptress along with Genesis P-Orridge of COUM Transmissions, the quintessential 1960s/70s performance and mail art group, and co-founder of ground-breaking prototypical Industrial Music group Throbbing Gristle, has just announced her long-awaited memoir, Art Sex Music, which will be published in the UK in early 2017.

COUM Transmissions was a confrontational and subversive art group founded in England in 1969 and active until 1976. Their forte was challenging conventional ideas of art, manners, sex and behavior, earning them the disdain of much of the Britih press and chastised in Parliament by Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn, who referred to COUM as the “wreckers of Western civilization.” Their Prostitution show, which consisted of explicit photographs of lesbians, assemblages of rusty knives, syringes, bloodied hair, used sanitary towels, press clippings and photo documentation of COUM performances in Milan and Paris, was so outrageous that Australia banned the group from traveling there.

coum-1This didn’t prevent them from visiting Los Angeles in 1976 where, under the auspices of InterMedia Magazine, they gave two performances, one at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporry Art (LAICA), where, before the bewildered eyes of LA’s art royalty, they proceeded to do all sorts of nasty things with (fake) blood and urine, vomit, nails, glass, and milk. Members of LA’s elite walked out one-by-one. Performance-art eminence Chris Burden’s reported parting shot: “This is not art, this is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen; these people are sick.” Conceptual-art bigwig John Baldessari was unimpressed.

coum-fixPainful but Fabulous, an illustrated catalog/photo album of Genesis’ life in art, was published in 2003 and has long been out of print (and is selling for several hundred dollars at eBay). Cosey’s Art Sex Music is scheduled for a May 1 release in the States. Here’s the publisher’s blurb:



Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.

It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’… shortly before he was arrested for indecent exposure, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art, some of which resides as part of the Tate permanent collection.

And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, pornography and art.

Art Sex Music is the wise, shocking and elegant autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Pre-order here.


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