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CRABTREE, Lee, and Kenward Elmslie
CRABTREE, Lee, and Kenward Elmslie

CRABTREE, Lee, and Kenward Elmslie

Alaska

NY: The Toy Press, [circa 1971, per Bamberger]. From an edition of 200. [26]pp. Side-stapled in card wraps, 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 in., with a cut-out section of color map mounted to front cover. Very good, with toning to wraps, crease to front hinge.

A collaborative song, "Alaska," featuring lyrics by New York School poet and librettist Kenward Elmslie (1929-2022) and music by Lee Crabtree, notable as the keyboard player for avant-rock band The Fugs and later The Holy Modal Rounders (Crabtree also collaborated with singer-songwriter Patti Smith, who briefly eulogized him in her 2010 memoir, Just Kids). Lyrics included as "Alaska Blues" in Elmslie's 1969 book Album (Kulchur Press, 1969; p.94). This publication scarce indeed, and unrepresented in OCLC. Though unstated, this copy from Elmslie's own collection. Bamberger A19.

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