London: SAF Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Foreword by Howard Marks. Eight pp. photographs. London: SAF Publishing, 2005. First edition. Alice Coopers makeup kit is more famous, but British madman Arthur Brown wore the colors first. Done up in the familiar black-and-white facial schemata later borrowed not only by Cooper, but KISS, King Diamond, the Misfits, Marilyn Manson, and black metals entire corpse paint brigade, he performed as the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and belted out wild, psychedelic caterwauls while gyrating outlandishly and wearing a metal helmet topped by an actual open flame (Mike McPadden). If ever an artist merited rediscovery, its this pioneering shock rocker whose 1968 hit Fire burned up the charts: I am the god of hell-FIRE, and I give you FIRE! Inscribed by Arthur Brown and Polly Marshall on the half-title. Octavo. Original black cloth binding, with gilt titles. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. (Inventory #: 64314)
Literature, Poetry, California and the West, Travel and Exploration, Archives and Ephemera, Heavy Metal
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