THE SUPER SNEAKER BOOK
WANNA GO OUT?
NAKED CITY [Ex-Libris Ralph Ingersoll, Founder of PM Newspaper]
BITMAN: Alternative Society Bible & Survival Manual and Classified Directory for Active Deviants - No. 2 - July 1970
KULCHUR - Vol. 2 No. 5 - Spring 1962
FAC51 - THE HACIENDA [Membership Card to The Hacienda Nightclub]
FUCK YOU: A Magazine of the Arts - Number 5, Vol. 4
[Typescript Letter to William Levy with Original Watercolor Painting to Verso]
ARCHIGRAM NINE [9]

WANNA GO OUT?

STERN, Theresa [Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine]

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(New York): Dot Books, (1973). First Edition. 12mo. Original stiff pictorial wraps. Near fine with only the barest touches of wear at edges. Tight and sharp overall. INSCRIBED by both Hell ("2/14/93 / I'm watching / you. Don't / look back. / [drawing of a heart] / Theresa Stern / + / Richard Hell") AND Verlaine to title page. 32pp. (Item ID: 15955)

Hell's first book of verse (and second overall), and a very early collaboration with Verlaine, predating their work with Television. A collection of 17 poems written pseudonymously by the pair, then known as Richard Meyers and Tom Miller. As the half-title explains: "'Wanna Go Out' is a question often asked on the streets around the cheaper bars in New York and Hoboken." Stern was pair's fictional creation, purported to be a young prostitute, the only hint to the book's true authorship being Stern's cover "portrait" (a composite image of Verlaine and Hell's faces) and the "other books from the Blank Generation" section in the rear, a reference to what would become one of Hell's best-known songs. The book would be an important event for the then Meyers, marking an early experiment in the use of stage persona, experiments that would shortly culminate in "Richard Hell." A rare and important document, linking punk to its under-appreciated literary roots, and the only example signed by both Hell and Verlaine we've ever encountered.


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