Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Sanders, best known for his 1971 book on the Charles Manson murders (The Family), engagingly depicts how the culture of New York City in the 1960s shifted from the beats to the hippies. In this 'book of remembrances' as he 'surged through the decade on my own little missions,' Sanders has chosen 'to accentuate the energy, the wild fun, the joyful creativity, and the schemes of Better World derring-do.' He tells many stories about his work with such friends as Allen Ginsberg, Jonas Mekas, Charles Olson, and Abbie Hoffman and provides his own fascinating perspective on the birth and trial of the Chicago Seven. Sanders includes a detailed history of his Peace Eye Bookstore, which played a crucial role as the epicenter of the counterculture of New York's Lower East Side (and has served as a model for every underground bookstore since). Above all, it means a generous helping of stories about Sanders's band the Fugs, whose visionary combination of 'poetry, satire, and antiwar fervor' on such albums as 'It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest,' is now considered truly revolutionary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An irreverent, hilarious, illustrated history of social revolution in New York's East Village in the sixties, as told by poet, publisher, and musician Ed Sanders.
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.