Los Angeles: Little Caesar, 1977. First edition. Paperback. 8vo. 44 pp. Saddle-stapled wraps.
Second issue of the important little magazine that one of the most important bridging the 70's and 80's. Cooper sought to marry a New York School little magazine aesthetic with a punk zine attitude (Cooper published early work in punk zines such as Biff! Bang! Pow!, and this issue contains a one page story with photos about The Quick).
Which makes this copy even more extraordinary is that it comes in an envelope addressed to a fanzine editor with a two page letter by Cooper, largely about his obsession with The Quick. The letter solicits a contribution to forthcoming issues of Little Caesar and explains some errors in the production of this issue, but is otherwise largely taken up with Cooper's obsession with the legendary Socal proto-punk band. Cooper describes a valiant effort get The Quick a gig at PCC in Pasadena in excruciating detail, recounting how he attempted to play the record for a member of the board who preferred Country Rock, to no avail. Cooper also requests that the fanzine editor give copies of this issue of LC to some members of The Quick. The letter closes by stating that Cooper is going to go see the Quick that very night. An eight line PS note at the bottom, written the next day, describes the performance as lackluster and Cooper asks bluntly whether certain things he overheard near the stage suggesting the demise of the band are true, concluding "They aren't breaking up or anything are they? Are my fears justified? Please let me know what's up. Thanks."
The letter contains a great deal of pathos with it's nervous description of a love for a band at the dawn of punk, magnified in hindsight by the knowledge that the rumors were probably true. The band would break up the following year.
This issue of Little Caesar is remarkably scarce, and is usually found in in rough shape. This copy appears to have remained in the envelope in which it was sent in intervening years, and is fine and bright, by the far the best we've seen. The letter is fine as well. The envelope, addressed in Cooper's own hand, is very good with a couple of years and creasing to extremities. Item #24839