A round up of items that helped shape the underground culture of the late fifties. With Paul Krassner, Robert Anton Wilson, Yoko Ono, God's Penis, and Gustav Metzger.
From an ongoing interview and biography of John Wilcock, a prolific editor and publisher of 1960's underground newspapers. Visit John's website for a very entertaining weekly column of news and commentary.
Supplemental material, in order of how they appear above:
1) MOTHER JONES on "Interview with Paul Krassner" by Bob Harris ("Two flaming liberal pinkos yuck it up for your reading pleasure.") — Visit Paul Krassner's website, and click here for an entire archive of THE REALIST.
2) ROBERT ANTON WILSON's 1959 article on The Semantics of God from The Realist No. 8.
Be a good pope and revisit 2012's RAW Week on Boing Boing, or visit Bob and say hello.
Dangerous Minds also provides a good sampling of excellent Wilson material. Be sure to download the audio.
INTERNET SACRED TEXT ARCHIVE presents the Principia Discordia, fifth edition.
3) YOKO ONO performing "Voice Piece for Sorprano & Wish Tree at MoMA" and later remixed to be a cover of Katy Perry's Firework. — HISTORY OF OUR WORLD Presents FLUXUS.
4) GUSTAV METZGER's entire 120-word 1959 manifesto "AUTO-DESTRUCTIVE ART" can be found at radicalart.info, which also provides the 1960 "Manifesto Auto-Destructive Art" and the 1961 "Auto-Destructive Art Machine Art Auto-Creative Art".
Lastly, an excerpt from John A. Walker's Cross-Overs: Art into Pop, Pop into Art: Gustav Metzger's influence on Pete Townshend and The Who. (Metzger's work was in the United Kingdom, but his ideas affected U.S. artists.)
A comic strip about Freddie Herko, who was a captivating and influential artist in New York, until his untimely death at age 28, in 1964. From John Wilcock, New York Years. (Supplements include Andy Warhol’s screen test of Herko and an appreciation from The Guardian)
Is Andy Warhol’s eight-hour film a supreme act of considered minimalism, or one of the 20th century’s most notorious art pranks?
A cameo-filled page from John Wilcock, New York Years. With Ed Sanders’ Arts Magazine, Edie Sedgwick arriving in NYC, and Nico fainting on stage.
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