Monday, August 27, 2012

EYE MIND: The SAGA of ROKY ERICKSON and the 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS



EYE MIND: The SAGA of ROKY ERICKSON and the 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS

By Paul Drummond - Foreword by Julian Cope

The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. The Elevators followed their own cosmic agenda — to change society by finding a new path to enlightenment. Their battles with repressive authorities in Texas and their escape into San Francisco's hippie counter-culture are now legendary.

Lead singer Roky Erickson was put away in a maximum security unit for the criminally insane for years. Tommy Hall, their 'Svengali' lyricist, lived in a cave. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland was imprisoned. The drummer was involuntarily subjected to electric shock treatments. A real-life version of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.

This illustrated biography, filled with never-before-seen photos, breaks decades of silence by band members and addresses a huge cult following in America and Europe.

This is a very detailed biography with many illustrations throughout, posters, flyers and photos etc... this is the definitive book on the subject.

“One of the most exhilarating rock‘n’roll stories ever told.”
--- Julian Cope (from the band 'The Teardrop Explodes')

Process Media 2007 Edition - 423 Page Paperback - Heavily Illustrated in Color and Black and White throughout - PRICE: $22.00

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

THE SEVEN ADDICTIONS AND FIVE PROFESSIONS OF ANITA BERBER: Weimar Berlin's Preistess of Depravity

THE SEVEN ADDICTIONS AND FIVE PROFESSIONS OF ANITA BERBER: Weimar Berlin's Preistess of Depravity - By Mel Gordon


The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber is the first contemporary biography of the notorious actress/ dancer/ poet and playwright who scandalized sex-obsessed Weimar Berlin during the 1920s.

Even in an era where everything was permitted, Anita Berber’s celebrations of “Depravity, Horror and Ecstasy” were condemned and censored as too extreme. She often haunted Weimar Berlin’s hotel lobbies, nightclubs, and casinos, radiantly naked except for an elegant sable wrap, a pet monkey and a silver brooch packed with cocaine both hanging from her neck.

Multi-talented Anita saw no boundaries between her personal life and her taboo-shattering performances. She was one of Europe’s first postmodern women. After Berlin finally tired of Anita Berber’s outrageous antics, she became a “carrion soul that even the hyenas ignored,” dying in 1928 at the early age of only twenty-nine.
Classic Femme Fatale....

• Includes nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations, including some from Berber’s salacious and enduring performance “Repertoire of the Damned.”

• Berber loved Marlene Dietrich and was influenced and associated with Leni Riefenstahl, Lawrence Durrell, Klaus Mann, and the founder of modern sexology, Magnus Hirschfeld.

• An early movie star, Berber acted in Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and the silent epic Lucifer.

Feral House Books Release - 260 Page Paperback - Many Color and B&W Illustrations - PRICE: $22.00

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Friday, August 10, 2012

SECRET and SUPPRESSED II : Banned Ideas and Hidden History Into the 21st Century - The Tactics of Truth Suppression**

Secret and Suppressed II’s revelations include: Newspeak, The Illuminated, Parascience, and The Controllers — illuminating the paranoid and nightmarish post-9/11 planet.

Contributors: Robert Anton Wilson, Jim Hougan, Paul Krassner, Mae Brussell, Adam Weishaupt, Jim Marrs, Joseph P. Farrell, Mike Bara, Craig Heimbichner, Richard Sauder, Joan D’Arc, Al Hidell, Jay Weidner, Col. Fletcher Prouty, Adam Gorightly, Harry Helms, Mark Bruback, Douglas Hawes, William W. Flint, Jerry E. Smith, Robert Sterling, David Martin

This book blows the lid off of our so called 'transparent government'


SECRET and SUPPRESSED II: Tactics of Truth Suppression

Edited by Adam Parfery and Kenn Thomas

Banned Ideas and Hidden History Into the 21st Century

We are being overwhelmed with abject conspiratorial BS every moment of every day. Does this mean that every single investigation is in the domain of the tin-hatted?

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense (like ours does), other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.

A favorite response to this issue was written by David Martin, and has been reprinted in this Feral House book 'Secret and Suppressed II' - Here it is again:

“The Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression”

1. Dummy up. If it’s not reported, if it’s not news, it didn’t happen.

2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the “how dare you?” gambit.

3. Characterize the charges as “rumors” or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.” (If they tend to believe the “rumors” it must be because they are simply “paranoid” or “hysterical.”)

4. Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

5. Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nut,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and of course, “rumor monger.” Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the “more reasonable” government and its defenders. You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. For insurance, set up your own “skeptics” to shoot down.

6. Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).

7. Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

8. Dismiss the charges as “old news.”

9. Come half-clean. This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hangout route.” This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.” This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.

10. Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

11. Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. For example: We have a completely free press. If they know of evidence that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing they would have reported it. They haven’t reported it, so there was no prior knowledge by the BATF. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press that would report the leak.

12. Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. For example: If Vince Foster was murdered, who did it and why?

13. Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.

14. Scantly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as “bump and run” reporting.

15. Baldly and brazenly lie. A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the “facts” furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.

16. Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5, have your own stooges “expose” scandals and champion popular causes. Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football. A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.

17. Flood the Internet with agents. This is the answer to the question, “What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?” Don’t the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television? One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.

Feral House Books - 277 Page Paperback - PRICE: $15.00

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SIN-A-RAMA: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties - Cover Art Collection




SIN-A-RAMA: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties - Cover Art Collection

From the Feral House Site: Sin-A-Rama celebrates the forgotten world of erotic paperbacks from the 1960s, when sex acts were described with code words, writers used pseudonyms, and publishers hid behind mail drop addresses.

Sleaze paperbacks sold by the million throughout the decade. Their unorthodox content and inroads into the marketplace provoked new laws, FBI investigations, high-pitched court battles, and prison sentences for the crime of obscenity. Earl Kemp, the notorious Greenleaf Books editor, provides an insider’s perspective, profiling famous and little-known co-workers. “My Life as a Pornographer,” written by science fiction legend Robert Silverberg - divulges how he and other famous authors learned their craft and earned their keep pounding out softcore sin.

The bizarre artworks of cover artists Robert Bonfils, Gene Bilbrew, Eric Stanton, Paul Rader, Ed Smith, Bill Ward, and Doug Weaver and others are seen throughout in lurid color.

Sin-A-Rama is the first book-length exploration into a shadowy but revolutionary industry. A useful appendix reveals the actual names behind the pseudonyms, and catalogues both established and fly-by-night sleaze operators.

Page after page of full color sleazy sex pulp paperback cover art.

Feral House Books - 268 Page Large Hardcover - Hundreds of Color Illustrations - PRICE: $25.00

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