Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and…

Hardcover | December 13, 2011

byEd Sanders

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Fug You 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.

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Fug You 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 ...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306818884

ISBN - 13:9780306818882

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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."    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