From the back cover of Media Sexploitation, by Wilson Bryan Key, published by Signet, 1977.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
This page consists of sample findings and excerpts. It is also an account of the contents of my home and digital files from my camera. If you have suggestions, have a collection you want to share, or are in Chicago and would like to see something in person, please contact me. This blog is intended as a casual, more personal supplement to the main Public Collectors website.
Public Collectors is maintained by Marc Fischer.
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Since moving almost two years ago, this collection continues to expand. It consists of objects I have found in the backyard while gardening, buried in the dirt, or along the side of the house. Once Chicago finally warms up for real (it snowed last night), I look forward to new discoveries as the growing season begins.
Announcing: the first ever Public Collectors benefit!
Public Collectors has been going strong without a single grant and with minimal outside support since 2007. In order to add some funding for future projects to the pot, including a presentation of the project about Malachi Ritscher that will happen at Experimental Sound Studio's gallery in the Fall, and upcoming publishing work, I’m doing a little benefit.
For $25.00 postpaid in the U.S. I will send you at least three Public Collectors publications (Paper Blog 2, Fashion Illustrations by D. ‘Jame, and Malachi Ritscher), at least one artist publication I’ve made over the years, and a set of six different stickers I made way back in 1997. Every order will get these things.
Additionally I’ll add in a whole bunch of other material that could include records, ‘zines, artist books, magazines and other publications, old sci-fi novels, art multiples, religious tracts, found photos, ephemera, and various other odds and ends - whatever else fits into a cardboard mailer designed to hold five records. Your package will be very much in the spirit of the things I share on this blog, and may even include things that I’ve posted.
To help make each package more specific to you, and to make this more fun, please use the add instructions feature on Paypal to tell me more about your interests, include a link to your blog or website, and also please indicate if you have a record player. The more information you give me about what you like, the better your benefit package will be.
Because of the high cost of overseas postage, this offer is only available in the U.S. If you’d like to contribute more than $25.00 to help Public Collectors, just select one of the higher amounts offered, and I will just send you more stuff or better stuff.
Thank you all for your interest in this initiative over the years. It remains very meaningful to me that people value what Public Collectors does and I hope to meet more of you off the internet one of these days. I’m always super happy when someone comes up to me at an event and tells me that they follow this Tumblr. And even if you can’t support Public Collectors, please consider sharing this post.
Thank You! - Marc Fischer
A hand-made CDr with a Lino-cut cover by the group Endless Bummer Forever - a noisy project of my friend Jim “Tastelikedirt” Thompson and his young daughter Sadie. You can hear a bunch of their songs on their blog, including a cover of “Breaking the Chains” by Dokken that sounds like it was shoved through a meat grinder and then reinterpreted by the Butthole Surfers. Good times!
The latest issue of Bookshelf, a ‘zine by my pal Lisa Anne Auerbach, who was nice enough to mail me a copy after I didn’t take one from her during Whitney Biennial exhibition opening because I knew I’d destroy it if I carried it around all evening. As in the first issue, Lisa takes stock of her library while on the verge of moving and writes notes about her books, deciding whether she wants to keep them or not. There is also a great series of color pages that reproduce different odds and ends that Lisa found tucked inside her books, which range from letters and postcards to religious tracts, money, and a picture of Lisa with Ron Jeremy.
From The Pictorial History of Wrestling by Bert Randolph Sugar and George Napolitano, Warner Books, 1984. The caption for this image: “”Jumbo” Tommy Tsuruta and Antonio Inoki bookend Abdullah in a volume that bespeaks chapters on the Butcher’s horror.”
The band Negazione’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.
B.G.K.’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.
Philadelphia - my hometown! I’ll be at the Print Center on Saturday, April 5th at 2:00 PM for a free talk about Public Collectors, Malachi Ritscher, and some Philly underground music history and ephemera. Please come! More details here.
What’s On The Table, What’s Being Served, by Johnie T. McDonald. A self-published collection of poetry from 1996. I picked up a copy of this rather slender book (considering its subject) at an estate sale yesterday, from the home of the late Johnie T. McDonald. The people running the sale were giving away copies of this and another book by McDonald - a nice gesture, as it seemed that there were many undistributed copies of both books that had been left behind.
Black Experiences - An Anthology by Johnie T. McDonald, self-published, 1973. Cover art by Frank Davis. I picked up this small chap book of poems at an estate sale in Chicago this morning at a home belonging to McDonald.