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Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs & Counterculture in the Lower East Side

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Fug You is Ed Sanders's unapologetic, often hilarious account of eight key years of "total assault on the culture," to quote his novelist friend Wm S. Burroughs. Fug You traces the flowering years of New York's downtown bohemia in the 60s, starting with the marketing problems presented by publishing Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts, as it faced the aboveground's scrutiny, & ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Da Capo Press (first published January 4th 2010)
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To disclaim, I admit that The Fugs are one of my Top 5 favorite musical groups and I also enjoy the poetry and prose of Ed Sanders. Both share a feral irreverence combined with transcendental vulgarity, a style close to my heart. Fug You: Etc. is filled with mad pranks, merry jests, Dada engagements with The Man, junkie perils, lowbrow trash art, balling, group gropes, culture-jamming and traveling the country with a subversive hippie-punk band. The Fugs, through their style and association with ...more
fetid wretched deviltry
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ed Sanders is, without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite poets ever and someone who I‘ve borrowed from extensively & unashamedly in a lot of my own poetic scribblings and self-published organs of detritus. But the Ed Sanders I love (not the only Ed Sanders mind you) is the demented, licentious, downright fucking freaky Sanders of the 1960s, straddling the shift from beatniks to hippies, when he was running the lower east side’s Peace Eye bookstore and publishing, through his Fuck You Press, a ...more
Robert Warren
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the first pages of Fug You, Ed Sanders recalls the City Lights Books publication of his Poem from Jail, composed on toilet paper during his 1961 incarceration for attempting to swim aboard a nuclear submarine and “conduct a peace vigil atop its missile hatches.”

After this, we will follow him anywhere. (He was not rehabilitated.)

Sanders gamely squires us to the streets, parks, and stages where he and a host of captains courageous, including Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and Jean Genet, courte
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've always liked the Fugs, but kind of more as a concept than actually listening to them a lot - except for the materpieces "Nothing" and "CIA Man" of course. I also haven't read much of Sanders' poetry, but this book is an incredibly well written, passionate look back at the '60s in New York that gives you an informed insider's view of a lot of the major poetry, rock music and radical political activity that went on.
Sanders knew all the great poets of the time and published them in his homeg
Max Nemtsov
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-books
В меру хаотичный и бестолковый учебник истории 60-х, который, вместе с тем, неплохо ставит это десятилетие в перспективу и подправляет восприятие. Бестолковость и пунктирность его объяснимы: автору около 70, дело было давно, он явно опирался на свои дневники и вырезки из прессы (коих рьяный собиратель), нарратив не склеился. К тому же, нам хорошо известно, что хорошо помнят шестидесятые лишь те, кто в них не жил. А шутку 60-х и подавно поймут лишь те, кто там жил, но для тех, кто там жил, это не ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one rollicking good time. The stories race by, each touched upon quickly but with enough detail and flashes of insight that it has the feel of a great introduction to many new people and stories, with Sanders' inimitable wit and city-savvy guiding you through. I read it compulsively, and recommend it highly. I docked a star only because I wanted it to keep going! The book ends right as Sanders is beginning the research on the Manson family that really turned his life upside-down and resu ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I feel like Ed Sanders gets overlooked as one of the great 60s poets, esp. when I go back to his works and see just how much he extended that fantastic Ginsberg discourse found in "Howl." Just who else did that with such fervour and weirdness - "group grope"; "Times Square gobble scene"; "freak over the border." Sanders is the ultimate Beatnik prose master. "Fug You" is a more thorough discussion of events found in his "Tales of Beatnik Glory" and "1968" - so it's familiar territory for students ...more
Ed Sanders' memoir of the Lower East Side in the Sixties, when the poet published a literary magazine, Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, owned the Peace Eye Bookstore, and organized the rock band called The Fugs, as well as founded the Yippies, is an enthralling and even dazzling tour of a madcap period of activity in anarchistic letters -- one in a long line of demonstrations that, as Laura Riding once averred, anarchism is not enough: my link text

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Peter Landau
Dec 10, 2021 rated it liked it
It seems like a good idea when you’re a kid but once you get older it just looks silly.
Brett Bydairk
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
At first it seems like a rambling, random, disjointed memoir of the years 1962 to 1970, but as you read it, you realize that each little memory blurt is precisely what and where it needs to be, like strokes in an impressionist painting. Once you start this, it sucks you in and pulls you on, until you realize you've read 100 pages in one sitting. A valuable history not just of Ed Sanders, or the Fugs, but of the time period itself.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bought

"Fug You' is a great snapshot of New York City Political/Hippie/culture circa the 1960s. The book reads like a journal more than a memoir, but that is perfectly fine. Full of documents, posters, and stuff like that gives the book a great flavor of its time and place. Ed Sanders was right in the middle of the 60s storm, and at the time, it seems anything could be possible. The sense of community is strong in Sanders' world, and it's interesting to note that as we read along the book, and it heads
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Ed didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him because our imaginative powers wouldn't be equal to the task.

In this book, founding Fug Ed Sanders lays out his role in the sixties in glorious, memorable
detail. From starting one of the first "underground" presses to exorcising the Pentagon, to becoming an international rock star to helping found the Yippies, this man was there. Forget Forrest Gump, this man was actually there, is brilliant and is no fiction.

Fug You is well-written, expansiv
Will O'Hara
Ed Sanders is probably one of the coolest beat figures. real renaissance man
Tom Schulte
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this amazing retrospective of the 60s by counter-culture icon Ed Sanders, of The Fugs and Peace Eye Bookstore. It's a lovely, signed hardcover edition my wife got me two birthdays ago. I thoroughly enjoyed this arc of history from The Beats to The Family, and now I need to read The Family. I really appreciated learning about Sander's scholarly side: Egyptian hieroglyphics and ancient Greek drama and how this informed his art and antics. In these days of Photoshop it was a ...more
Forest Juziuk
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fug You is great on many levels. Sanders took a concise period of time, packed it to its edges with period details, hilarious and also difficult stories, illustrations & photos... it's a mammoth tome. It took me about a month(!) to read the first hundred pages (acclimating to the micro-sections within each chapter -- a perhaps unnecessary way to break up all the information) but I crushed the last 250+ pages in about 24 hours! One of the most enjoyable sections was a transcript from a televised ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
If you can remember the 60s, you weren't there! this is Ed Sander's rambling memoir of events, recordings, shows, be-ins, love-ins, drugs and counter-culture, all overshadowed by America's war in Vietnam. I remember much of it, though clearly from the wrong side of the Atlantic, and I can't say that Ed has managed to unscramble much that I didn't know although all the asides, gossip and general capturing of the zeitgeist was really good fun. Made me go, get out and play my old Fugs records but I ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ed Sanders is an American Treasure. In this memoir, he describes the literary-artistic-musical-political community of the 50's and 60's as only he can since he knew everyone from Joplin to Ginsberg from Rubin to Bobby Seale.
His writing is clear, funny, poignant and his archives of the era - which is illustrated throughout the text - is exhaustive.
A fantastic must read for anyone who wants to understand the culture of mid 20th century America.
Jerry Flu
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end

Delightful reminiscences of the craziness that was the art scene in the East village in the sixties. Not for everyone (you hadda been there), but if you're a boho geezer boomer, you'll love it.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A social history of the Counterculture well worth reading. Sanders is unpretentious and a surprisingly vivid writer. I especially enjoyed the first half of the book. Tighter editing might have improved the book.
Edward Sullivan
An entertaining and insightful look at the 1960s New York underground countercultural scene in this memoir by one of its iconic leaders.
Thomas M.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Utterly Fantastic!
NOLaBookish  aka  blue-collared mind
love Ed Sanders. Love his nutty and unrestricted writing and poetry. This is an essential for any Fug, Beat or Digger.
Scott Regner
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and funny history of the counterculture in the lower east side NYC in the 1960's ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetics, biography
Phenomenal, quirky, funny and engaging.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A real hero from the 60s counterculture.
Phil Overeem
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An essential '60s document, and with Sanders as your guide you have reason, gentleness, passion, and abandon and balanced doses. What an epic time; what a resounding tragedy. ...more
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Ed Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author and publisher. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie generations.

Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He dropped out of Missouri University in 1958 and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote his first major poem, "Poem from Jail," on toilet paper in his cell after being jail

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