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The Tidbits Issue

Reading Rainbow

CRACKERSby Ed Ruscha (Heavy Industry: 1969)Ryan: "This is a rare Ed Ruscha book. It's almost like a photo flipbook. Two men go into a hotel room and make this woman lie down
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SKINHEADS

by C. Ryan (1981)

“The Nick Knight book is usually considered the classic skinhead book. This one is less well-known, but I like it better because it’s more of a handmade zine.”

CRACKERS

by Ed Ruscha (Heavy Industry: 1969)

Ryan: “This is a rare Ed Ruscha book. It’s almost like a photo flipbook. Two men go into a hotel room and make this woman lie down on a bed covered with lettuce. Then they pour a huge thing of oil and vinegar on her and then they leave. Kind of misogynistic, actually.”

TANAPAEVA SAUN

by E. Leito (Valgus: 1977)

ΔΙΑΦΗΜΙΣΗ

“Beautiful photos of all different kinds of saunas in Estonia and lots of nude Estonians enjoying them.”



THE STREAKING BOOK

by Gerald Gardner (Bantam: 1974)

“Streaking is a big inspiration for my work.”

SCREEN TESTS/A DIARY

by Gerard Malanga and Andy Warhol

(Kulchur Press: 1967)

“ This is the rarest Warhol book. I think it’s worth like $3,000. There are only 500 of them. The film stills are printed on transparent acetate so you can see it from both sides.”

GOD WITH REVOLVER:
Poems 1979-82
by Rene Ricard (Hanuman Books: 1989)
“Rene Ricard is the guy who discovered Basquiat. It’s about love and betrayal in the downtown NYC art scene in the early 80s.”

SUEDEHEAD

by Richard Allen (New English Library: 1971)

“The only reason I like Richard Allen books is for the covers. It’s more of an object than a novel. The covers of Skinhead and Boot Boys are pretty good, too.”

SAMARAS ALBUM

by Lucas Samaras (Whitney Museum: 1971)

“Rare—edition of 2,000. I like that it’s mostly self-portraits and they’re manipulated all weird. And he’s naked a lot.”

HOT TUBS: HOW TO BUILD, MAINTAIN & ENJOY YOUR OWN

by Leon Elder (Capra Press: 1973)

“I love this book. It’s all pictures of naked people in hot tubs. I would like to do an updated version of this because I love hot tubs and I really love naked people in hot tubs.”

THE WARLOCK OF LOVE

by Marc Bolan (Latimer, Trend & Co.: 1969)

“It’s just a great book of poetry by Marc Bolan.

ΔΙΑΦΗΜΙΣΗ

‘Chariots of Silk’ is my favorite Tyrannosaurus Rex song.”

FICTCRYPTOKRIMSOGRAPHS

by Les Krims (Humpy Press: 1975)

“Not many people know about Les Krims. He’s one of my favorite photographers. It’s all really perverted hand-manipulated Polaroids. He was so bizarre and ahead of his time.”

JAMES DEAN IS NOT DEAD

by Morrissey (Babylon Books: 1983)

“Morrissey published this before he started the Smiths. He was obsessed with James Dean.”

THE MEDIUM IS THE MASSAGE

by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore (Random House: 1967)

“Remember that scene in

Annie Hall

?”

THE STORY OF OI:

A VIEW FROM THE DEAD-END OF THE STREET

by Garry Johnson (Babylon Books: 1981)

“Babylon Books published a lot of cool books about music in the early 80s. They did the Morrissey-James Dean one too.”

by Larry Clark

“This was a present from Larry. It’s his rarest book. It’s from an edition of 1,000 and it’s worth about $2,000.”

IF…

by Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin (Lorrimer Publishing: 1969)

“Screenplay and stills from a really weird movie starring the guy from A Clockwork Orange in a British boys’ prep school.”