Item #2387 Publication One, Published Impulsively. Ken Nordine.

Publication One, Published Impulsively

[Chicago]: Ken Nordine, 1956. Single sheet, printed on recto and verso and folded four times to create sixteen panels. Light wear, else fine.

Ken Nordine is best known for his “word jazz” recordings, first issued on Dot Records in 1957. A prolific voice-over artist whose career spanned decades, one critic noted that “Ken Nordine can pontificate on any small object and make it resonate with the profundity of consciousness and the euphony of a beautiful piece of music.” This rare publication precedes the recordings; the printed background of the cover repeats the phrase “word jazz” throughout. Nordine writes in the contents (in which “the intent of the contents is to make myself naked with my clothes on”) that he is “on words,” whereas “Dick Tyler is on xylotypography.” The design of the object precedes the work that Tyler would soon be producing under the auspices of the Uranian Press in New York, an imprint of his Uranian Phalanstery, which produced many chapbooks, broadsides and limited art editions. No copies in OCLC. Item #2387

Price: $750.00

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