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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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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."
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Metro Focus, 12/13/11
"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."
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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One of the best books written about the counterculture, particularly the transition from Beat to Hippie undergrounds. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Etaoin Shrdlu
I give this just 3 stars because I want to read so much more about Mr. Sanders' life. I hope he writes about his life from 1970 to the present and I would give both volumes 5... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Bialas
C'mon...where's a paperback! This is a book that needs to be in print NOT only on digital!Published 20 months ago by UNLV REBEL
I'm only halfway through the book but so far I am disappointed. I would have liked to hear more about his early pre- beatnik/hippie life. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Anon.
This book was boring which surprised me because its an interesting subject and a very interesting time to write about.Published on January 3, 2013 by zeke
He strains way too hard for cultural and political significance and falls far, far short. And he loses the personal element, which could have redeemed it, in the process. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by S. Clark
It is said that anyone who claims to remember the 60's wasn't really there. Sanders was there and remembers a lot. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by litmajor69