Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side

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Da Capo Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 424 pages
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"Fug You" is Ed Sanders's unapologetic and often hilarious account of eight key years of total assault on the culture, to quote his novelist friend William S. Burroughs.

"Fug You" traces the flowering years of New York's downtown bohemia in the sixties, starting with the marketing problems presented by publishing "Fuck You / A Magazine of the Arts," as it faced the aboveground's scrutiny, and leading to Sanders's arrest after a raid on his Peace Eye Bookstore. The memoir also traces the career of the Fugs--formed in 1964 by Sanders and his neighbor, the legendary Tuli Kupferberg (called the world's oldest living hippie by Allen Ginsberg)--as Sanders strives to find a home for this famous postmodern, innovative anarcho-folk-rock band in the world of record labels.


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The Mimeograph Revolution
Jonas and Adolfas Mekas and the FilmMakers Cooperative
Typing a Wild Magazine at the Catholic Worker
An Egyptian Vision
A SitIn at the Atomic Energy Commission
The Death of Bennie Paret
An UnselfConfident Egomaniac
The Charles Theater and Ron Rices Flower Thief
A Trip to Gloucester to See Charles Olson
June 12 at Town Hall
The Players Theatre
A Patriotic Flavor
The Fugs Renown Among the Literati
Subletting a Pad in the Summer
The Revolution at Fillmore and Geary
A Call from Jack Kerouac

A Polished Poem from Jail
The Freaking Issue of FY
The Death of Marilyn Monroe
A Party for Marilyn at Nelson Barrs
Warhols Silkscreens
Working at the NYU Purchasing Department
A SpineChilling Speech
The Fall of 62
Drawing on Stencils by Flashlight
Trouble from My Editorial Notes
Bodhisattva Collating Method
The Beauty of Yum
Meeting Harry Smith and H L Humes
Underground Films
Help from Jonas Mekas
Sending an Issue to Ginsberg in India
The Children of Birmingham
Quang Duc
Al Fowler
The Beginning of Filming
The Kick Grid
Renting the Secret Location in the Lower East Side
Rent Control
Burnt by Herbert Huncke
The Living Theater
The Great March on Washington
Filming the Nazis
September 7 1963
The Shutdown of the Living Theater
The Fall of 63
Hoping to Help the Spark of Revolution
Amphetamine Head
Sound Track for Amphetamine Head
White House Cooperation with Seven Days in May
A Trip to Texas
Then the Assassination
The Arrival of 1964
The Beatles in America
Hanging Out with Allen Ginsberg
Roosevelt After Inauguration
Reading with Joel Oppenheimer at the Five Spot
Harvey Brown and Peace Eye
Clamping Down on Jonas Mekas
The Travails of Lenny Bruce
The Great Society
May 1964
The Glorification of the Needle
The Sexual Revolution
A Long Hot Summer of Drought
Lenny on Trial
Graduating from NYU
Freedom Summer
Chaney Goodman Schwerner
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Goldwaters Famous Speech
Riots in Harlem
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
The Democratic Convention
The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Getting Invited to Literary Soirées
The God Issue
Applying to Grad School a Bit Too Late
A Cigar to Phil Whalen
Charles Olsons Introduction to My Book
The Folklore Center
Meanwhile Kerouac Folding the Flag on Park Avenue
Tuli Kupferberg
The Physicality of Peace Eye
BuggerAn Anthology
The Founding of The Fugs
The Founding of LeMar
The Free Speech Movement
Writing Songs
Marijuana Newsletters
Trouble with Jim Bishop
Orlovsky and a BreakIn
The First Fugs Concert
Silkscreened Warhol Flowers
The Grand Opening of Peace Eye Bookstore
The Hideous Rolling Thunder
Selma Two
The Fugs at the American Theater for Poets
A ThreeDay Fug Festival
A Fugs Show Cost Me 250000
APO33 for Burroughs
Spring Arts Festival in Buffalo
Peace Eye
The First Fugs Session
War War War
The Mansfield Film at Cordier Ekstrom
Filming at the Dakota
Filming at the Secret Location
The Background of the Bridge Theater
Revolutionary Egyptology
The Berkeley Poetry Conference
July 25
Night of Napalm
The Attempted Setup of Allen Ginsberg for Pot Arrest
A Raid on the Secret Location
Demonstrations Against Federal Narcotics Agents
The Thought of Going to California
Recording Some Tunes to Entice VerveFolkways
Preparing The Fugs First Album
September 24
A Police Informant Trying Out for The Fugs
A Visit of Support for the Kinsey Institute
October 22
October 30
Fugs Gig with Country Joe and the Fish and Allen Ginsberg
Benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe
Neal Cassady Driving Us to La Honda
The Fugs in Placitas
Two Letters to Charles Olson
Onward to New York City
The Founding of the East Village Other
Another Letter to Charles Olson
Rastignac at the End of Balzacs Pere Goriot
December 20
The Raid on Peace Eye
Wanting Supporters to Come to My Trial
An Offer from a Record Company
Opening at Astor Place Playhouse
Using the Strobe Light
Jan Kerouac
Burning a Flag of the Lower East Side
Section of Chappaqua Filmed at Astor Place Playhouse
The New York City Department of Licenses
The Ghastly Attention of the FBI and the Justice Department
Performing with Little Anthony and the Imperials
Lenny Bruce Memorial
September 13
A Hunger to Record Again
LimoAnguia and a New Pad
Trouble Inside The Fugs
Reading at the 92nd Street Y
The Fugs to California in Late 1966
The Frank OHara Award
Angry Arts Festival in New York City
Recording at Talent Masters
Still Playing at the Players Theatre
On the Cover of Life Magazine
Sudden Fame
The Fugs Turned Them On
Some Hostility
Jade Companions of the Flowered Dance
University of Buffalo Spring Arts Festival
Off to San Francisco
Good Production Job Ed
CIA Scandal
The Peace Eye Bookstore in the Hands of the Community
And Then Touring
Benefit for d a levy
The Fugs Performing with Andrei Voznesensky at the Village Theater
A Mood of Personal Defiance Following Court Hearing
The Fuck You Trial
Prosecutor Offended by Lady Dickhead Advertising Company
Flaming Creatures Resurfacing in DC
The Trouble over Virgin Fugs
The Psychedelicatessen
The Riots of July
The FBI and Army Intelligence Not Buying It
Linda and Groovy
Zip Gun Cisco
Theater in Boston
Signing with Reprise Records
The CIAs Operation Chaos
Abbie Hoffman
Abbie and the Burning of Money at the Stock Exchange
The Community Breast Concert for the Free Store
The Rise and Sad Fall of the Digger Free Store
The Murder of Linda and Groovy
A Fugs Movie Project with Barbara Rubin and Shirley Clarke
Planning for the Exorcism
The Trial for the Killers of Schwerner Chaney and Goodman
The Exorcism and Levitation of the Pentagon
Meanwhile Out in Topanga Canyon by the Pacific
Publishing Some Cantos of Ezra Pound
A Robbery on Avenue A
Completing Tenderness Junction
Richard Avedon Overseeing Design of The Fugs Album
The Fugs in Cleveland
The Fugs in Detroit
Praise for Tenderness Junction from Robert Shelton
Still Searching for the Perfect Band
The Indictment of Dr Spock and Others
A Festival of Life in Chicago
The Death of Neal Cassady
Kootchs Departure
An Exorcism of Joseph McCarthys Grave
Dawn Protest Concert at Stony Brook
Meanwhile More Benefits
Idea for Recording a Single During a Parachute Jump
Life During the Glory Years of the Great Society
A Mantram to Chant in Chicago
Blown Away by Sly
A Possible Career Mistake
Photo Shoot
A Tour of Sweden and Denmark
Trying to Finish an Album
The Fugs at Fillmore East
Warhol and Solanas
The Shooting of Robert Kennedy
A Hunger to Study
Still Recording The Fugs Album
World Poetry Conference
The Summer of 1968
Working with Bob Dorough
Designing the Album
August 23
The Telegram
Getting Ready for Chicago
Thursday August 22
Saturday August 24
Tuesday August 27
Wednesday August 28
The Two Albums for 1968
An Apartment for Doc Humes
A Yippie PotMailing Caper
Win a Fug Dream Date Competition
Pigasus to the US Embassy in Montreal
The FBI on Avenue A
A Visit to Europe with Pigasus
An Underground Comic Show
A Book Party for Revolution for the Hell of It
d a levys Suicide
December 15
Miriam Once Again Helps Me to Land Softly
Becoming a Social Democrat
Maretta Greer Barefoot in the Snow
Baleful Words from Charles Mingus
Gig with the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead
Red Boots on Avenue A
Recording The Belle of Avenue A
Saying GoodBye
The Resist Tour
God Loves Rock and Roll
Shards of God
July 20
Ten Years for Two Joints
Sanders Truckstop
Off to LA
The Harsh Reality of Airplay
Signing with Grove
Learning About the Manson Group
Becoming a Clipper
Olsons FloatAway
Final Recording Session of the 1960s
Closing Peace Eye
The Chicago 7 Convicted
The Invention of the Term Punk Rock
Setting Aside Poetry to Study The Family

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About the author (2011)

Edward Sanders co-founded the Fugs, opened the Peace Eye Bookstore, and appeared on the cover of Life magazine. He is the author of The Family and lives in Woodstock, New York.

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