Large Format 13” x 9,” (340 x 240 mm), 800 pages, 3.5 kilos.
Here it is, the now legendary musician-led, self-published, organ of the mid-1970s London Improvising scene in its bewitching entirety – and therefore of immense value to any student, academic or engaged civilian. Because of the ephemeral nature and small print-runs of what was essentially an in-house community publication, even archive copies have been hard to find, so Thurston Moore’s re-publication now, in slightly blown-up facsimile form and helpfully bound into a giant book will, for a few of us, be as manna from heaven. This is what the people on the ground were thinking and writing about what they were doing when they were doing it. No interpretation, no revisionism. Active herein are David Toop, Steve Berseford, Annabel Nicholson, Evan Parker, Clive Bell, Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies, Lindsay Cooper, Eddie Prevost, Gavin Bryers, Tom Phillips, John Russell, David Cunningham, Peter Riley, Paul Burwell, Phil Wachsman, Frank Perry, Max Eastley and scores of others, covering improvisation, electronics, instrument modification, the music of other cultures, the worlds of John Cage, Stockhausen and Cardew, stretched notions of jazz, non-idiomatic improvisation, theory, diaries, reviews, comedy, interviews, articles on other musicians, diagrams, scores, manifestos, news, letters, drawings, photographs, listings, small ads… but no overall table of contents, and more unforgivably, no index - a serious missed opportunity. Still, here are all 23 issues, and they are absolutely fascinating.This is what was going on. Back then it cost 30 pence, so the whole lot would have cost you £6.90. Now it costs £90. If that sounds bad, it’s not as bad as it sounds: in 1975 £6.30 was the equivalent in today’s money of £64.93, so with the standard 30% markup from wholesale to retail, £90 seems less unreasonable. It’s still a lot of money though. Christmas? Very limited quantity.
POST. Adding Insult to injury, it’s big and very heavy, so we have to hit you for the postage and, thanks to the same economic mismanagement that brought you 841% inflation, postal charges are also through the roof. So please add for p&p:
UK - £12
Europe - £20
Outside Europe - £30