Join the Kicks Books crew in celebrating the publication of BENZEDRINE HIGHWAY by America's last standing, guns-blazing, full throttle roadmaster versificator Charles Plymell at a very special evening at NYC’s historic Jefferson Market Library NYPL on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 PM.
425 Sixth Avenue, NYC (at 10th Street)!
Charles Plymell will be introduced by his friend, fellow legend, poet, artist, and photographer, Gerard Malanga, who's been there and back. We're gassed to have him aboard.
Admission to this event is free to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Come meet Charles and Gerard!
Poet/author/artist/small press publisher (legend!) Charles Plymellroared out of Kansas with tires blazing while the Beat scene was still in training wheels. Weaned on jump blues, true grit and Dr. Gimmy Gommy’s Goodies, Plymell redefined the fast track with blunt force, map zap and brute strength forged of desperation and attitude.
Born on the high plains in Finney County, Kansas in 1935 in a converted chicken coop during one of the blackest dust storms of the day, he would spend his sprouting years kicking up even more sand. His father was a cowboy born in the Oklahoma Territory; his mother was of Plains Indian descent. Life on the loose held more appeal than classrooms for young Charles, who dropped out after ninth grade. He worked at various laboring jobs throughout the western states, then racing the highway between Los Angeles and Kansas City during his hipster years, stoked on hillbilly howls and race music-- R&B, blues, and jazz.
Charles Plymell lived in San Francisco in the early 1960’s, sharing a house with Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. His writings from this period were published in his first book APOCALYPSE ROSE, which appears complete in BENZEDRINE HIGHWAY, along with his killer roadmaster autobio THE LAST OF THE MOCASSINS.
Plymell raised a lifelong ruckus with a wild bunch that included friends Ginsberg, Cassady, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac-- and a cast of thousands.
Charles Plymell eventually settled in upstate New York. He has published, printed, and designed umpteen underground magazines and books with his wife Pamela Beach. He put Ray Bremser and Herbert Hunke, whom he identified with from the hipster 1950s, into print, and was influential in the underground comix scene, establishing artists such as Robert Crumb and S. Clay Wilson, whom he first published in Lawrence, Kansas. Plymell was the first printer of Robert Crumb's Zap Comix.
Charles Plymell opposes the National Endowment for the Arts and has criticized it in print, claiming it has become a politicized, unjust system feeding on its own mediocrity and self-contradiction. His views were mentioned in the New York Times in "Notes on People" and again in "Washington Talk". He was subsequently blacklisted and has never received any funding from any federal, state, or academic agency to pursue his creativity.
PLYMELL IS ON THE AIRWAVES OCTOBER 26!
RADIO BALLYHOO! Dig honkin' rhythm & blues sounds "Picked By Plymell" as he chats live with Fool's Paradise Show host Rex and the Kicks/Norton crew at WFMU on Saturday Oct. 26. The show begins at 1 PM (EST), and Charles is scheduled for a 2 PM call-in. We are EXCITED! Tune in for this segment -- direct from the Wichita Vortex!
Kicks Books is the world's only publisher to issue a fragrance with each book. Two fragrances are available for BENZEDRINE HIGHWAY . LOSER represents LAST OF THE MOCASSINS and is aimed for gents. The fragrance, APOCALPYSE ROSE is available in four different floral packages for the ladies, one for every mood.
Kicks Books now presents BENZEDRINE HIGHWAY, which includes the first ever republication of Plymell’s long out of print first book of poetry, APOCALYPSE ROSE, his first prose book, LAST OF THE MOCASSINS, and a new autobiographical introduction which speeds you into the wild world of Charles Plymell where his words warp one’s horizontal, and stand one’s vertical on its pointed little head.
Benzedrine Highway is published by Kicks Books, Box 646 Cooper Station, NYC 10276
Apocalypse Rose, Dave Haselwood Books, San Francisco, CA, 1966. Neon Poems, Atom Mind Publications, Syracuse, NY, 1970. The Last of the Moccasins, City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA, 1971; Mother Road Publications, 1996. Moccasins Ein Beat-Kaleidoskop, Europa Verlag, Vienna, Austria, 1980. Over the Stage of Kansas, Telephone Books, NYC, 1973. The Trashing of America, Kulchur Foundation, NYC, 1975. Blue Orchid Numero Uno, Telephone Books, 1977. Panik in Dodge City, Expanded Media Editions, Bonn, W. Germany, 1981. Forever Wider, 1954-1984, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, 1985. Was Poe Afraid?, Bogg Publications, Arlington, VA, 1990. Hand on the Doorknob, Water Row Books, Sudbury, MA, 2000; Some Mother’s Sons, Cherry Valley Editions, Cherry Valley, NY, 2005; Mindeater, Verlag Peter Engstler, Germany, 2009; Eat Not Thy Mind, Glass Eye Books/Peace Eye Library, Northampton, MA 2010
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SWEETS by Andre Williams Here's the book that started the Kicks kingdom of hip pocket paperbacks rolling- semi-sweet morsels of streetwise raunch stewed into one massive novel plus poems and prose sure to set the wires afire!
Born in 1939 to actor parents, Los Angeles native Kim Fowley came of age while still in the single digits, forced to grow up as a footnote to his parents’ own Tinsel Town aspirations. A child of genius and neglect, he grew up with an innate drive to survive and thrive. His incredible storytelling comes to life in this first volume of his GARBAGE trilogy. LORD OF GARBAGE starts out with his earliest memories, and cajoles the reader through a brambled youth punctuated with disaster and success.
Self-expression first took the form of poetry for Kim- rhythm and rhyme- the heartbeat of Hollywood’s desolate mayhem—pulses through his words with an attitude and honesty that few writers ever claim.
In music, Kim’s solo work spans 28 LP’s and his production credits as producer and/or writer begins in 1959 with the blast instrumental “Charge” by the Renegades, which was followed up by the iconic million-seller Alley Oop by the Hollywood Argyles and the mesmerizing mega-hit Popsicles and Icicles by the Murmaids. His discography runs into hundreds of records, compositions, and productions on multiple continents, and he has earned of roomfuls of gold and platinum records.
Kim comes into his own as an author with LORD OF GARBAGE, a revealing look into the life of one of the true giants of the American music industry.
Join Kim’s minions at L.A’s legendary bookstore and art gallery to hear Kim read and speak about his poetry, his prose, and the life that fueled his wild ride. Pick up LORD OF GARBAGE (Kicks Books), Kim’s limited and exclusive signature perfume GARBAGE, and three volumes of his revered early rarities on Norton Records-- ONE MANS GARBAGE; ANOTHER MAN’S GOLD; and his new collection KING OF THE CREEPS.
DJ legend HOWIE PYRO will introduce KIM FOWLEY on this very special evening. Mr. Pyro is the host of INTOXICA RADIO, and has featured Mr. Fowley’s music on each episode of his popular radio program.
Kim’s LORD OF GARBAGE is the first of three volumes of his autobiographical writings, presented as “hip pocket paperbacks”. The second volume, PLANET PAIN, is due from Kicks books in Spring 2014. LORD OF GARBAGE is now available as a Kindle edition for the unlucky few who are unable to attend this once in a lifetime in-person evening with the author.
Kicks Books is an independent publisher based in Brooklyn NY, whose "hip pocket paperback" line features titles by music legends Kim Fowley, Andre Williams, Sun Ra, journalist and novelist Nick Tosches, British beat hero Royston Ellis and American road poet laureate Charles Plymell.
KICKS BOOKS DELIVERS A BOOK OF BLOOD (AND THUNDER) By Kim Fowley (One Of God’s MOST GROTESQUE BASTARD OFFSPRING!)
Kicks Books must be gluttons for punishment for publishing Kim Fowley’s First Book of a 3 Volume series that features Sex, Death, Dope, & Violence as its basis. Don’t worry folks, Lust & No Love is also covered. Notorious for his Bad Behavior Kim Fowley has launched LORD OF GARBAGE from his Battered Loins to your Soon-To-Be Shattered Body & Soul. Expect yourself to be abused by these Terrible Tales of 30 years of Torture, from 1939-1969. Sickened by his Big Orange Childhood Damage. KF gets even on the printed page, with the Ghosts Of Hollywood, who left him for dead in The Vinyl Jungle. The Canyons of Your Mind’s War Crimes, will drive all you crazies wild. You can find Kim Fowley’s name on Liner Notes/Set Lists/& Label Copy of His works, recorded and/or performed by such Household Names as: The Hollywood Argyles, B. Bumble & The Stingers, The Murmaids, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Manfred Mann, The Seekers, Cat Stevens, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, NRPS, Flying Burrito Brothers, Sir Douglas Quintet, Kris Kristofferson, ELP, BTO, Leo Kottke, Stars On 45, KISS, Alice Cooper, Blue Cheer, The Runaways, Leon Russell, Dead Boys, Germs, Helen Reddy, Van Halen, Wayne Newton, Gene Vincent, Herman Brood, The Mothers Of Invention, The Seeds, Wildman Fisher, Soft Machine, Motley Crue, The Leather Nun, Nirvana, Teenage Fan Club, BMX Bandits, Them aka Belfast Gypsies= Minus Van Morrison & Guitar/Bass (Keyboard/Drummer remain the same). , British Lions (formerly Mott The Hoople Minus Ian Hunter), Rose Garden, 45 Grave, Venus & The Razorblades, St. John Green, Lance Romance, Jimmy Jukebox, Frankenstein & The All Girl Monster Band, Modern Lovers, Gram Parsons, etc. etc. etc.
“So What?” you might say. Can Kim Fowley write a book that a reader can’t put down? Of course he can. KVF= Kim Vincent Fowley. He has sold Creative Contributions of Music & Movies, in 110 Countries Of The World. For over 50 years. The pages of LORD OF GARBAGE contain the Confessions of a Madman. In luxurious Prose, & dynamite poetry. Combining both Literary Disciplines, in a Book Format First. Kim Fowley is NOT a nice guy. But, he wrote 3 separate books that are more interesting than he is. Completed & turned into the Executive Offices of Kicks Books… covered in Blood, Pain, & Tears.
Don’t invite Kim to any of your Holiday Parties. He is no fun in a Polite Society Situation. He’s not good company, but his books will be, if you’re Empty, Bored, or Insanely Curious. KVF Wrote this PR Announcement. Nobody, can put words in Kim Fowley’s Mouth. Once a Control Freak/ Always a Control Freak.