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Aspen. No. 9 (Winter / Spring 1971) The Psychedelic Issue (Still Available!)
Angus MacLise and Hetty MacLise, Don Snyder, Ira Cohen, Gerard Melanga, LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela, Terry Riley
New York, NY : Roaring Fork Press. 1971

1 Dream of Goeralegan. Text and illustration by Don Snyder.
2 From The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda. Color photographs by Ira Cohen and Bill Devore.
3 Musical Scores and Glyphs. Drawing in Mayan style, by Aymon de Sales, and a poem.
4 Triptych. Drawings by Dale Wilbourn.
5 Lumagraphs. Perforated sheet of gummed stamps printed with color photographs of female nudes, by Don Snyder.
6 Benno Friedman’s Westerns. Frames from classic Western films, chemically stained by Benno Friedman.
7Letter to Diane and Shelley from Vali. Text & drawings by Vali, photos by Diane Rochlin.
8 Poetry Sheet. Poetry by Gerard Malanga, Paolo Lionni, Nikki Grand, Harvey Cohen and John Cale. Reverse side printed with transformations of a photo by P. Zimmer.
9 The Soul of the Word. Text and calligraphic designs by Marian Zazeela.
10 Dream Music. LaMonte Young on oneiric music. Reverse side: Keyboard Study #2, a circular musical score by Terry Riley.
11 Phonograph recording. Audio: Joyous Lake / Spontaneous Sound. Side A: The Joyous Lake by Elsen Standlee, Raja Samyana, Angus MacLise, Ziska, and Hetty MacLise. Side B: Spontaneous Sound by Christopher Tree on a collection of 150 instruments.
12 Sentential Metaphrastic. Poem by Lionel Ziprin, illustrated with a photograph by Tom Carroll.
13 Printed folder, 9-3/8 by 12-5/8 inches. Inside printed with table of contents. Folder designed by Hetty MacLise. Encloses sections 2 through 13, and a sheet of translucent paper laid atop them.
14 Aspen subscription form, 6-1/2 by 7-1/2 inches, perforated.

Aspen: The Magazine In A Box, No. 7: The British Issue SOLD!

Fourteen numbered items (though the box states that this issue comprises fifteen sections, section number 15 apparently does not exist); no advertisements. Edited by Mario Amaya, designed by John Kosh. Published Spring-Summer 1970 by Roaring Fork Press, NYC.

1. Box. Hinged box, 10 by 9-1/2 by 1-1/4 inches, shipped flat. Box designed by Richard Smith. After assembly, contains sections 2 through 14.

2. British Knickers. Sewing pattern by Ossie Clark.

3. Aspen order form, 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches.

4. The Gay Atomic Coloring Book. Drawings by Eduardo Paolozzi.

5. Five essays and one fiction. Twenty-four page book. Includes:
-The "London" Decade, Mario Amaya
-London Subcultures, Michael Instone
-Communicators, Christopher Finch
-New Names in British Cinema, David Robinson
-British Poetry Now, Edward Lucie-Smith
-Crash! (excerpt), J. G. Ballard

6. Souvenir no. 1. Kitsch found by Peter Blake.

7. Souvenir no. 2. Kitsch found by Peter Blake.

8. The Lennon Diary 1969. Diary of the future, by John Lennon. Facsimile pocket diary for 1969, written November 1968.

9. Lyrics. Folder enclosing items 10 and 11, printed with text of Ono, Lennon and Tavener phonograph recordings.

10. Phonograph recording. John Tavener / Christopher Logue. Side A: Three Songs for Surrealists by John Tavener, words by Edward Lucie-Smith. Text printed on item 9. Side B: Christopher Logue Reads "New Numbers"

11. Phonograph recording. Yoko Ono & John Lennon. Side A: Song for John and No Bed for Beatle John by Yoko Ono. Text printed in item 9. Side B: Radio Play by John Lennon.

12. Europa & Her Bull. Typographical triptych by John Furnival.

13. Wave/rock. Concrete poetry by Ian Hamilton Finlay.

14. Notes on Rumpelstiltskin. Drawings by David Hockney

Aspen: The Magazine In A Box, No. 5 + 6: The Minimalism Issue SOLD!

Twenty-eight numbered items, including advertisements folder. Edited and designed by Brian O'Doherty, art direction by David Dalton and Lynn Letterman. Published Fall-Winter 1967 by Roaring Fork Press, NYC.

1. Box. Two-piece box, 8-1/4 by 8-1/4 by 2-1/8 inches. White box of two nearly identical halves, title on side in inconspicuous type. Contains sections 2 through 28.

2. Contents. Editor's description of items included with this issue.

3. Three Essays. Essays with post-modern perspectives.
-The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes
-Style and the Representation of Historical Time, George Kubler
-The Aesthetics of Silence, Susan Sontag

4. Phonograph recording. Beckett / Gabo & Pevsner. Side A: Samuel Beckett's Text for Nothing #8 (1958), read by Jack MacGowan. Side B: The Realistic Manifesto (1920), by Naum Gabo and Noton Pevsner, read by Naum Gabo.

5. Phonograph recording. Burroughs / Robbe-Grillet. Side A: Excerpts from Nova Express (1964), by William Burroughs, read by the author. Side B: "Now the shadow of the southwest column..." an excerpt from Jealousy (1957), by Alain Robbe-Grillet, read by the author. Translation of side B in item 23.

6. Phonograph recording. Feldman / Cage. Side A: The King of Denmark, by Morton Feldman, realized by Max Neuhaus in 1967. Side B: Fontana Mix-Feed, Nov. 6, 1967, by John Cage, realized by Max Neuhaus. Score of side A in item 20. Score of side B in item 21.

7. Maze model part 3. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 9.

8. Maze model part 2. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 27.

9. Maze model part 4. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 7.

10. Maze model part 6. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 25.

11. Maze model part 7. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 26.

12. Phonograph recording. Merce Cunningham. Side A: Space, Time and Dance (1952), by Merce Cunningham. Side B: Further Thoughts (1967), an interview with Cunningham.

13. Phonograph recording. Duchamp / Huelsenbeck. Side A: Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act (1956). Side B: Richard Huelsenbeck, Four poems from Phantastiche Gebete (1916), and Marcel Duchamp, Some Texts from L'Infinitif (1912-1920).

14. The Russian Desert: A Note on the State of Our Knowledge. Douglas MacAgy on Russian art history.

15. Conditionnement. Reverse side: Repair. A poem by Michael Butor, translated by Michael Benedikt.

16. Poem, March 1966. Conceptual poetry by Dan Graham.

17. Serial Project #1. Description of an installation at Dwan Gallery by Sol Lewitt.

18. Seven Translucent Tiers. A grid study in three dimensions, by Mel Bochner.

19. Structural Play #3. Description of a performance piece by Brian O'Doherty.

20. The King of Denmark. Part of a musical score by Morton Feldman; recording at item 6.

21. Fontana Mix. Musical score by John Cage; recording at item 6.

22. Drawings for The Maze. Illustrates and describes a model by Tony Smith, included in this issue. Its eight pieces are numbered items 7 through 11 and 25 through 27.

23. Translation of Jealousy (Recorded excerpt). A translation by Richard Howard of the excerpt read by Robbe-Grillet on item 5.

24. Four Films by Four Artists. Reel of super-8 film, comprising four film clips:
-Hans Richter, Rhythm 21
-Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Lightplay (excerpt)
-Robert Morris & Stan VanDerBeek, Site (excerpt)
-Robert Rauschenberg, Linoleum (excerpt)

25. Maze model part 5. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 10.

26. Maze model part 8. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 11.

27. Maze model part 1. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 8.

28. Advertisements/Advertisements. Folder, enclosing a sheet for Artforum, 8 by 22 inches, accordion-folded to 8 inches square; sheet for from Wesleyan University Press advertising John Cage's Silence and A Year from Sunday, 8 by 22 inches, folded twice to 8 inches square; a checklist of Something Else Press books and Great Bear pamphlets, 8-1/2 by 11 inches; a die-cut, color brochure for Bolex super-8 projectors, 9 by 8-3/8 inches, folded to 3-1/8 by 6 inches; subscription form for Aspen, 8-1/2 by 10-5/8 inches, folds to make its envelope (misfolded, to fit in this box); green, black, and white Aspen renewal order form, 6-1/4 by 7-1/4 inches, with perforated detachable envelope.

Aspen: The Magazine In A Box, No. 6a: The Performance Art Issue SOLD!

Fifteen items, all but one of them numbered (item 4 not numbered in the original); no advertisements. Edited by Jon Hendricks. Published Winter 1968-69 by Roaring Fork Press, Inc.

1. Envelope. Printed mailing envelope, 7-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches. Designed by Ralph Ortiz.

2. Peace Object. Notes and collage by Lil Picard, dated 20 October 1967.

3. Sky/Change. Notes on a projected sky environment by Geoffrey Hendricks, dated Fall 1967.

4. No. Notes for an event arranged by Kate Millett for performance at Judson Gallery on 21 October 1967.

5. Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hoffman. Description and notes for a performance by Allan Kaprow.

6. Program Notes for "Soft Transformations." Notes for an evening of performance art with Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Takahiko Iimura and others, and films by Jud Yalkut in cooperation with Nam June Paik.

7. The Diagram of Projection of "White Calligraphy." Notes for a performance by Takahiko Iimura at the Judson Gallery, October 1967.

8. Descriptive letter of our summer in Easthampton. A letter from Ken Jacobs to John Hendricks of Judson Gallery, describing a film experiment.

9. Viking Dada. Illustrated collage of newsclipping and memos on provo action by Al Hansen.

10. Divisions and Rubble. Notes for a performance by Carolee Schneemann at Judson gallery.

11. Heavy Yoga. Text starts: "In this piece which began at 4 pm...". Description of a performance by Steve Rose, dated 28 November 1967.

12. Destruction Theater Manifesto. Notes on performance by Ralph Ortiz.

13. Labyrinths and Psychological Stress. Notes on performance by Jean Toche.

14. Deteriorations. Notes by Bici Hendricks.

15. Some Notes. Notes by Jon Hendricks, dated 7 February 1969. On the reverse, a description of this issue's origin and a list of its contents.

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