Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts Vol. 5, No. 8. Andy Warhol, ed Ed Sanders.

Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts Vol. 5, No. 8

New York: Fuck You Press, 1965. First edition. 4to, mimeographed from typescript and drawing on rectos only, and side-stapled into a cover sheet thermofax print by Andy Warhol illustrated with a still from his film Couch.

The next to last issue of Ed Sanders's magazine, and the most infamous, featuring a cover print of an image from Warhol's film Couch. In the film, which is one of Warhol's most pornographic works, the entire action is set on the legendary Factory Couch that Bill Name had found on the street. The actors included Factory scenesters "Baby Jane" Holzer, Gerard Malanga, Ivy Nicholson and Ondine, Billy Name, and Taylor Mead, as well as members of the Beat Generation and poetry scene in NYC - Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg. The crossover of these scenes is a perfect distillation for Warhol's somewhat vampiric fascination with the little mags of the Mimeograph Revolution, which he used for inspiration for his own cultural activities and which also informed the serial aspect of his later pop art works. In this day and age it is difficult to remember how provocative the cover was in 1965, which features an interracial menage a three with Rufus Collins, Kate Heliczer and Gerard Malanga. This was the next to last issue of the magazine. The Peace Eye Bookstore was raided by the police on New Year's Day, 1966, and this issue as well as no. 13 were likely among the boxes of printed matter seized by the NYPD. This, along with the notoriously fragile cover, which tends to separate from the staples, makes intact copies such as this one of the great rarities of the Mimeograph Revolution.

This issue included the first publication of W. H. Auden's gay sex poem The Platonic Blow, smuggled out of a library in NYC. It also includes an announcement about the formation of the Fugs.

Strong 5" crease across front cover, with several lines of darkening (perhaps artefacture marks from the thermograph process?), some chipping and wear to extremities, and rusting to the staples, and a small 1/2" circular stain to back cover at upper edge. Despite these signs of wear, a sturdy examply, firmly bound at each staple. Item #29105

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