COHEN, IRA - Live Knitting Factory NYC January 23, 1991
"Ira Cohen was born in New York, NY on February 3rd, 1935. He is the son of the late Lester Cohen and the late Faye Cohen. Mr. Cohen was an innovative and original poet, photographer, filmmaker, publisher, and editor. A self-described Electronic Multimedia Shaman", he was an active humanist from the 1960s to the present. Mr. Cohen was educated at Horace Mann, Cornell and Columbia. He spent the early 1960s in Tangier, Morocco, where he lived and worked with William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Paul Bowles. While there, he prepared his first major work; editing and publishing the anthology Gnaoua (1964). This volume contained work by William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Jack Smith, and others.\r\nIn the late 1960s, along with Bill Devore he developed and perfected a photography process in his "Mylar Chamber", producing distorted, iconic photographic portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Jack Smith, Robert LaVigne, Angus MacLise, Pharaoh Sanders, and William S. Burroughs, among others. In 1968 he made his first film, The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda, a baroque, underground experimental film. The following year he produced the experimental film Paradise Now in Amerika, documenting the Living Theatres 1968 tour. In the 1970s he lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, and operated the publishing house Bardo Matrix, publishing books and broadsheets on handmade rice paper by authors including Gregory Corso, Charles Henri Ford, Paul Bowles and Angus MacLise, as well as several books of his own such as Gilded Splinters and The Cosmic Crypt, illustrated by Petra Vogt.\r\nAfter returning to New York City in the early 1980s, he continued to write and publish poetry as well as stage exhibitions of his photography. In 1986, he directed the film Kings With Straw Mats, a documentary about the Kumbh Mela festival, Indias annual pilgrimage and gathering of sadhus and holy men, which premiered in 1996. His primary work since the early 1990s was as a poet and editor; he edited numerous books (Jack Smiths Historical Treasures, Gustav Meyrinks Petroleum Petroleum, and poetry anthologies Shamanic Warriors and Celestial Graffiti) and periodicals (Ins & Outs, Third Rail, Nexus, and 15 Minutes). Mr. Cohen was a participating artist in the Whitney Biennial 2006, Day for Night, which included his photographs of Jack Smith. In the last years of his life, in increasingly declining health, Mr. Cohen gave local poetry readings and received a steady stream of visitors to his home on 106th Street, where the widest possible array of friends and admirers would listen for hours as he would tell stories, read poems and cast insights." Limited to 100 copies - with silkscreened jackets and insert.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.