Black is Black Blues. Ray Bremser.
Black is Black Blues

Black is Black Blues

Buffalo, NY: Intrepid Press, 1971. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Ray Bremser to Kevin Guldy & relations. One long, jazz-inflected poem by Beat poet Ray Bremser (1934-1998). Issued as Number Four in the Beau Fleuve Series by the Intrepid Press, published & edited by Allen De Loach, whose legendary series of Intrepid & other journals feature the works of William S. Burroughs & many other iconic Beat figures. One of 1000 copies printed, this one is very special. Though not among the 100/1000 copies designated to be numbered & signed by Bremser, it is signed by him with date & citation on the otherwise mostly blank dedication page in bold blue marker: "12-15-74/The Well, Rosendale:/For Kevin Guldy/& Holly & Jane/Guldy/with best affection,/(signed) Ray Bremser." The place referred to is Rosendale Village, NY, & the recipient Kevin Guldy was the Bartender of the referred-to local establishment, The Well. Kevin's brother, Billy Guldy, was the leader of a Beat-hippie-art colony community that flourished but also caused friction with the longer-established residents. The year after this signing, in 1975, Billy Guldy attempted to run for mayor of the Village & was rebuffed, The Well was closed thereafter. The other Guldys referred to in the citation may have been Kevin's children (?). A fascinating relic of the Beat-hippie-hangover era when the counter-culture really was counter, very unique & collectible with exemplary provenance & references. In near-fine condition with minor rubbing & spotting to front cover, more so with fade-spots & creases at spine of back cover; heavily rusted staples causing small stain-halos at spine-edges of covers & pages; very tiny bumps at corners of covers, top & bottom of spine. Small water stain throughout interior at top spine edges of pages. Near Fine. [Item #1997]

Price: $100.00

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