[Item #6219] This Is Our Music (The Elusive First Edition). John Sinclair.
This Is Our Music (The Elusive First Edition)
This Is Our Music (The Elusive First Edition)
This Is Our Music (The Elusive First Edition)

This Is Our Music (The Elusive First Edition)

Detroit, MI: The Artists' Workshop Press, 1965. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Your Devoted Curators at Third Mind Books must cue the trumpets and unfurl the red carpet in velvet totality for this copy of “This Is Our Music,” the debut work of 1965 by John Sinclair (b. 1941), the artist-poet-publisher-icon extraordinaire of the Mimeograph Revolution and 1960s counterculture. The work, as Sinclair himself writes in the epigraph, is dedicated “to the new music & the new musicians,” — to jazz and all the New-Mind -based happenings that were happening then in 1960s Revolutionary Detroit. This work is further distinguished by an editorship notation occuring at the colophon page, a notation which states that Detroit Artists’ Workshop books “are under the general editorship of Robin Eichele,” — which is astounding given that Sinclair had initially honored Robin, the co-founder of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop, with a position he’d later arrogantly wrest from him, thus beginning a beef in literary history hitherto uncovered. At any rate, this is a seminal work in Mimeograph Revolution history, and one deserving another look, literary-historically speaking. Small-format softcover in stapled wrappers; limitation per colophon reads as follows: “THIS IS OUR MUSIC was printed by / John Sinclair and Magdalene Arndt [Leni Sinclair] / at the Artists’ Workshop Press, / 4825-27 John Lodge, Detroit 48201, / in an edition of 500 copies, / in June of 1965. / THIS IS OUR MUSIC is the third / in a series of Workshop Books from / the Artists’ Workshop Press. / Workshop books are under the / general editorship of Robin Eichele.” From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. A note on condition-grading for this item: the curators here at Third Mind Books will take pains to explain that, while the item does contain signficant age-toning, for example, it is the cleanest copy of this work that we have ever seen; not only this, but it quite literally comes from the personal liberary of the publisher, where it sat untouched for almost sixty years prior to its acquisition by Third Mind Books. With that considered, the condition is as follows: book in very fine condition with only light bumping & minute-to-moderate shelf-wear, age-toning, etc. to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; this, in addition to the slight foxing, yellowing, and age-toning throughout alluded to above, are the only points worthy of distinguishing. An excellent copy with unbeatable provenance: a capstone rarity for any Sinclair-inclusive collection. Very Fine. [Item #6219]

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