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Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side Hardcover – December 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Advance Reading Copy edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306818884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306818882
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Village Voice, 11/29/11
"[A] vivid memoir of the decade.Today's Occupy Wall Street movement can take, if not a lesson, at least inspiration (and perhaps solace) from Sanders's triumphs and travails."

Publishers Weekly, 12/12/11
"[Sanders] engagingly depicts how the culture of New York City in the 1960s shifted from the beats to the hippies."
PopMatters.com, 12/5/11
"Sanders tells the story in a series of vignettes that are sometimes funny, occasionally frightening, and typically littered with the names of The Famous and The Dead.In the end this is a work that recalls with vivid and loving detail the haphazard glory of those wild, wild bygone times."
Hartford Advocate, 12/7/11
"Sanders ties all of his earliest threads-up to 1970-together in the most engagingly idiosyncratic memoir of the year.Indeed, now that his friend and mentor Allen Ginsberg is dead, Ed Sanders is the strongest living link between the Beat Generation, the hippies and all other underground currents that have trickled along the countercultural pipeline since then."
High Times, February 2011
"This brilliant memoir not only chronicles the band's early days, but paints an outrageous, inspiring picture of life among the artistic outlaws of New York's Lower East side in the '60's."

New York Post, 12/11/11
"Sanders.brings us back to those idealistic days."

Baltimore Sun, 12/8/11
"In short, impressionistic chapters, Sanders details his adventures, as well as his encounters with seemingly everyone who was anyone in the Beat and hippie scenes.Sanders provides a fly-on-the-wall view of many facets of a turbulent decade."

Metro Focus, 12/13/11
"In addition to Sanders' enlightening �personal take on New York in the '60s, the pages of Fug You are lined with wonderful gems from the poet's personal archive. Between the covers the reader will discover doodles by the likes of Burroughs and Sanders himself, rare Fugs concert photos and flyers, many drawings of cannabis leaves, intimate shots of Allen Ginsberg and other demented, wonderful esoterica."
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New World Review, Vol. 5, Num. 28
"At its best, Fug You evokes the wide-eyed spirit of adolescence, with its delusions of purity and heartbreaking enthusiasm and dynamism."
Huffington Post, 1/3/12
"A picaresque chronicle of the 1960s filled with scrupulously documented recollections of Sanders's adventures and misadventures in poetry, politics, and rock 'n' roll."
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/22/11
"It's the perfect gift for those seeking poignant and often hysterical historical precedent for their musically inspired civil disobedience.Regardless of your political or musical stripe, Fug You is a riveting account of a history that is still relevant today."
New York Times, 1/12/12
�"[Sanders] has described his 1960s in various ways over the years.but Fug You.may be the master source.[A] funny, instructive, nourishing book."
Under the Radar, January 2012
"Engaging from start to finish."
Buffalo News, 1/8/12
"[A] hugely engaging book from the heart of America's mid-century bohemian circus."
DangerousMinds.net, 1/6/12

About the Author

Ed 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Charnigo on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, as someone else states in another review, "this is a book of reminisces and not an autobiography." But what a fun reminiscence it is! There are plenty of serious books which study the events of the 1960s counterculture. Sanders, however, takes us on a wild and zany ride through New York's Lower East Side during the sixties. Not taking himself too seriously (what a relief for a change!) he leads us down Avenue A, introducing us to the fascinating artists, writers, activists, and eccentrics who haunted the East Village's unique artistic cultural center.

When we think of the 1960s counterculture, too often the images which come to mind are of Haight-Ashbury and West Coast hippies. The Beat generation is often considered the "seed" or "precedence" of the 1960s. In Sanders work, however, the Beats (with the exception of Kerouac) are VERY much a part of the 1960s counterculture. After all, Allen Ginsberg once dubbed Fugs band member Tuli Kupferberg "the world's oldest hippie." Ginsberg, himself, is a frequent character of "Fug You." The flow of Beat culture into the counterculture of Sanders' 1960s is much more seamless, prominent, and connected than many historians of the sixties have acknowledged. In "The Sixties," Todd Gitlin suggested that the difference between the 1960s counterculture and the Beats is that the Beat Generation "side-stepped" society instead of trying to change it. By Sander's account, Ginsberg and various other Beats are tireless activists of the decade. Hmmm.

Sanders does lead us to ponder an important point about art, the counterculture, and economics. Due to rent control of Lower East Side apartments, artists were allowed to spend the majority of their time BEING artists (imagine that!) instead of working long hours at sh&!t jobs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Aydt on May 11, 2012
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Ed Sanders is a polymath who has worked in poetry, music, prank and activism. Last year, I ready his poetry epic 1968, which tells the history of that strange year in compelling verse. In Fug You, Sanders offers a treasure chest of stories, portraits of famous artists, jokes and deep insight into the political struggles of the time. Anyone interested in the mini-Renaissance in New York's East Village will find this a delightful companion to Patti Smith's JUST KIDS. It's smart, witty and cantankerous without falling into maudlin nostalgia. Edward Sanders offers the kind of offbeat insight that is all too rare in memoirs. he doesn't take himself too seriously and the magic of place and time is conjured with all the beauty one would expect from a Minstrel Yippie. Don't miss out on this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Jones on October 24, 2012
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We were assigned to read this book for a graduate class in editing and publishing. I'm grateful for this assignment, because I wouldn't have found this book, or its author, on my own, and I am so grateful for both. My life and my understanding of this world and our nation's history is enriched thanks to Sanders and his thoughtful, thorough history.

Ed Sanders, founder of the '60s protest band the Fugs, participant in the Mimeograph Revolution, poet, writer, hippy, peacenik, also becomes what is most important in a memoirist: interpreter. Sanders takes a year-by-year chronological perspective of the 1960s, and using what seem to be comprehensive archives, he recreates his activities, from his trial for obscenity in his literary review, to ins and outs of running a band, to the interactions he had with his well known '60s friends, such as Allen Ginsberg, and also Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, and many others.

Sanders' voice is personable and authentic, and he shares real emotional moments and reactions to the tumult and upheaval of the world he found himself in after he lit out from Kansas City for the Lower East Side of New York City after memorizing Ginsberg's Howl. During these years, he studied Greek and Egyptology at NYU, got married, became a father, ran a book store (the Peace Eye Book Store), recorded best selling albums, played concerts worldwide, published the leading protest poetry of a generation, shot film footage of amphetamine heads, was put on trial, saw friends become heroine addicts, levitated the Pentagon and protested in Chicago in 1968. More than anything else I have read of the era, Sanders' nearly day-to-day remembrance of this pivotal time in our nation's history brought this era to life for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on November 4, 2013
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I wish the book would have been much lengthier, but it gives a great overview of the origins of the East Coast beatnik movement and its metamorphosis into the hippie movement, which I think, in retrospect, was a lot more genuine than what emerged on the West Coast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Broido on March 29, 2012
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This is a book of reminisces and not an autobiography, so it leaves the reader wanting more, perhaps, but the book is beautifully and evocatively written, my only quibble being a bit of unnecessary repetition here and there. Highly recommended for all old fart retro hippies like me.
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