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Here’s some text adapted from the October 8, 2003 press release announcing the impending publication of Arthur No. 7…
ARTHUR MAGAZINE No. 7 DELIVERS THE MERCIFUL COSMIC MINDBLOW OUR NATION SO DESPERATELY NEEDS!
In grim times, Americans turn to ARTHUR, the nation’s finest underground magazine of arts and ideas, for guidance and comfort. What they get is Sun Ra, the Dream Machine, Charles Bronson, Peaches and oh so much more..
ARTHUR MAGAZINE No. 7
COVER DATE: NOVEMBER 2003
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2003
ARTHUR No. 7 PUBLICATION PARTY – LOS ANGELES
Les Deux Cafe – The Room in the Back
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9:45pm
Upstart indie magazine Arthur Magazine kicks off its second year of publication with a mind-expanding issue specially designed to help readers consider the mind-expanding possibilities of light, sound and dreams.
“Read Arthur No. 7 and call us in the morning,” said publisher Laris Kreslins.
Beneath a beautifully hyperpsychedelic cover by mad Manchester artist JOHN COULTHART commissioned especially for this issue, Arthur No. 7 features Paul Cullum considering jazz genius/Afro-futurist SUN RA’s feature film Space Is the Place on the occasion of its re-release …
Kevin Shields of lost dreampop innovators MY BLOODY VALENTINE reveals the secrets of his legendary band’s “fluff-on-the-needle” sound to Hua Hsu — and finally tells how the band self-destructed at the height of its powers …
John Geiger on the development of Brion Gysin’s DREAM MACHINE, a simple do-it-yourself machine that induced visionary experiences in William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Allen Ginsberg …
and Tony Rettman (Blastitude) hangs out with COMETS ON FIRE, SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN and SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE—three amazing, ascendant bands from America’s fertile psychedelic music underground.
But that’s not all. This issue of Arthur also features:
* Controversial provocatuerix PEACHES (wo)manhandles the problems that Arthur readers find themselves saddled with.
* ‘SEX $75’: Photography and text from turn-of-the-century Los Angeles by Susannah Breslin. “Sex was everywhere, every time I turned my head. Nobody else appeared to notice.”
* “I was at home but I didn’t have anybody teach me nothin’.” Infamous 78-year-old Mississippi bluesman T-MODEL FORD weighs in on the home schooling debate.
* New comics by Sammy Harkham, Gary Panter (Pee-Wee’s Playhouse) and Jordan Crane.
* “Never Mind SARS”: Two entries from the just-published The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, written by Steve Aylett and Brian Evenson respectively.
* Reviewage by Byron Coley & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) of recently released subcultural musical/textual/visual artifacts from Raymond Dijkstra and Timo van Luyk, Charlemagne Palestine, Tony Conrad, Steve MacKay, The Radon Ensemble, Bastard Noise, Smegma, Solid Eye, Afri Rampo, Richard Meltzer, Ed Pinsent, Tetuzi Akiyama, Splendor Mystic Solis, Tuck Tuck Tuck, Irving Stettner, Mineshaft zine, Wildflowers zine, Andy Clausen, Barbara Manning, Glands of External Secretion and Decaer Pinga, Fast Forward, Valerie Webber, Mouvement Lent (Slow Movement), Steven Heller’s new book on avant-garde magazine design, Paper Rodeo paper, T.L.Kryss, Peter Brotzmann and Walter Perkins and Japanther.
* “CHARLES BRONSON, DARK BUDDHA”: An appreciation of a life, by author Joe Carducci.
* A complete horoscope by IAN SVENONIUS (gemini), vocalist for the Scene Creamers a/k/a Weird War.
* C & D review The Hidden Hand, The Raveonettes, Ween, Terry Hall & Mushtaq, Brant Bjork, PFFR, The Rapture, Erase Errata, Pretty Girls Make Graves, High Llamas, Festival in the Desert dvd, House of Low Culture, The Dirtbombs, Dufus, James Blood Ulmer and Robert Wyatt.
Arthur No. 7: 56 broadsheet-sized pages. High quality newsprint. Available FREE OF CHARGE to the people of North America at hundreds of locations starting October 15.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES has called Arthur “a magazine with moxie…which aims to agitate and inspire in much the same way early Rolling Stone and other underground publications did in the 1960s and ’70s.” The PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY said, “ARTHUR is kind of in a category by itself…DIY in its sensibility but far-reaching in its goals.”
ARTHUR is published bimonthly and has a print run of nearly 40,000 copies. Its counter-intuitive editorial approach and business structure have resulted in a breakout success after just one year of operation.
ARTHUR: the best magazine no money can buy.
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