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Fug You


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Fug You is Ed Sander's unapologetic and often hilarious account of eight key years of "Total Assault on the Culture," to quote his friend william S. Burroughs.


Fug You traces the flowering years of New York's downtown bohemia in the '60s, starting with the marketing problems presented by the title of Sander's underground magazine ... as it faced scrutiny of the aboveground, including an arrest after a raid on Sanders's Peace Eye Bookstore, when the arresting officer demanded to look for evidence of Akhenaten's "Hymn to the Sun Disk" on the author's privates.


Sanders recalls the ups and downsof running the Peace Eye Bookstore, home of both the world's first underground comic art exhibition and Lemar, the Committee to Legalize Marijuana. The memoir also traces the career of the Fugs, founded in 1964 by Sanders and his neighbor, the legendary Tuli Kupferberg (in his lifetime, often called "the world's oldest living hippie" by Allen Ginsberg), as Sanders strives to find a home for this seminal, postmodern, innovative, anarchofolk rock band in the big-time world of record labels.


Full of encounters with a veritable who's who of downtown New York and the counterculture beyond it (Lenny Bruce, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zapa, Andy Warhol, Pete Seeger, Abbie Hoffman, and the Greatful Dead, just to name a few), Fug You is an illustrated history of social change in the '60s, as told by the man at the center of it all. In short and in long, this is a "coming-of-age" drama of epic proportions, tracing the voyage of a man through the wild electromagnetic forests of the 1960s as he holds together a longtime marriage with his college sweetheart while savoring an era of experimental art, music, sexual rebellion, and demand for genuine change in America.


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