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Meyers, Richard [Richard Hell]; Giannini, David
GENESIS: GRASP
New York, 1971. Complete run of punk legend Richard Hell's little mag, produced during his early years in NYC under his given name, before he assumed his more famous alter-ego. While Hell has expressed some embarrassment at this early endeavor, it nonetheless links punk to its often under-appreciated literary roots. Its eclectic roster of contributors include: Thomas Merton, Claus Oldenberg, Albert Goldbarth, Richard Eberhart, Clark Coolidge, Bruce Andrews, Andrei Codrescu, as well as Hell's own pseudonymous Ernie Stomach (an early excursion into the use of a persona). As Hell himself, shortly after ceasing publication and just before re-creating himself as "Richard Hell," wrote: "To me 'Genesis : Grasp' is like the archetypal, back-turned, weepy, self-defeating, poor but noble little literary magazine. Who cares? Publishing a mag like that is like writing off the world. It's like committing suicide. It says oh I'm beautiful but it's no use, goodbye goodbye! It's not tough enough. I don't know.it aint all that bad - but it's nothing compared to what can be done." Two issues (#1 and 3) humorously inscribed on New Year's Eve 1979 by editor David Giannini ("Ugh"; "I disown this!"). Uncommon thus, and scarce as a complete run. 8.5" x 5.5" each. Original pictorial wraps. Five issues: Volume One, Number One through Volume Two, No. One/Two, the complete run. Two issues inscribed by editor Giannini. Mild toning, foxing, and shelfwear. Else clean and sound. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]
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