The mighty band Funkadelic sang in 1970:
“I got a thang you got a thang everybody’s got a thang When we get together doin’ our thing In order to help each other”
And with that, I’d like to announce that Public Collectors is now on Library Thing. I (Marc Fischer) will be focusing on books in my own collection on the topics of collections, archives, ephemera, creative collecting projects, material culture, and the various issues surrounding ‘stuff.’ If you are passing through Chicago and need to consult something, please feel free to contact me. You can see my Public Collectors-related book collection here. More titles will be added as they are acquired, unpacked, or remembered!

The mighty band Funkadelic sang in 1970:

I got a thang
you got a thang
everybody’s got a thang
When we get together
doin’ our thing
In order to help each other

And with that, I’d like to announce that Public Collectors is now on Library Thing. I (Marc Fischer) will be focusing on books in my own collection on the topics of collections, archives, ephemera, creative collecting projects, material culture, and the various issues surrounding ‘stuff.’ If you are passing through Chicago and need to consult something, please feel free to contact me. You can see my Public Collectors-related book collection here. More titles will be added as they are acquired, unpacked, or remembered!

I’m not sure that I saved anyone’s life, but thanks to Ken Wong of the show Reality Radio, I was a DJ last night on WLUW (88.7 FM in Chicago at Loyola University). I brought only records - not an MP3 in sight. You can listen to my entire set here.
Despite my longtime love of vinyl, I had never actually used a two turntable (and a microphone) set up with a mixer before in my life. Ken spent about 3 minutes showing me how to use the station’s janky equipment and then I started spinning, live on the air. That this set wasn’t a complete train wreck is pretty amazing.
In addition to playing everything listed above, I told some stories about some of the albums and how I discovered them. Thank you again to Ken Wong for this great opportunity. And definitely check out Reality Radio sometime. You can listen live via streaming online. Ken has some of the deepest knowledge of obscure music of anyone I’ve ever met and it was a true honor to be considered worthy of a visit to his show. He is a Chicago treasure.

I’m not sure that I saved anyone’s life, but thanks to Ken Wong of the show Reality Radio, I was a DJ last night on WLUW (88.7 FM in Chicago at Loyola University). I brought only records - not an MP3 in sight. You can listen to my entire set here.

Despite my longtime love of vinyl, I had never actually used a two turntable (and a microphone) set up with a mixer before in my life. Ken spent about 3 minutes showing me how to use the station’s janky equipment and then I started spinning, live on the air. That this set wasn’t a complete train wreck is pretty amazing.

In addition to playing everything listed above, I told some stories about some of the albums and how I discovered them. Thank you again to Ken Wong for this great opportunity. And definitely check out Reality Radio sometime. You can listen live via streaming online. Ken has some of the deepest knowledge of obscure music of anyone I’ve ever met and it was a true honor to be considered worthy of a visit to his show. He is a Chicago treasure.

I’m sad to learn of H.R. Giger’s passing. So many fond childhood/teen memories that include his art. Top four:
1. Seeing Alien when it came out in the theater. I was 8 or 9 years old. My parents were awesomely permissive when it came to stuff like this, particularly my father.
2. Buying Celtic Frost’s “To Mega Therion” with Giger’s cover art on vinyl at Wall to Wall Sound and Video in Suburban Square soon after it came out. I brought it to the register and the young girl behind the counter had a look of complete revulsion, and exclaimed, “What is THIS?!”
3. The poster with his art for the Dead Kennedy’s album “Frankenchrist”. It had already been pulled from the record by the time I bought my copy in about 1987 so I had to send away to receive one in the mail. I lied on the age statement so I could get one. This was probably the legal case that made me most passionate about challenging censorship.
4. Going to Switzerland when I was about 17 and visiting Giger’s gallery and restaurant. I narrowly missed meeting Giger but his gallery people were super nice and held the books I bought and had him sign them to me. I still have all of those.
Here’s my signed copy of a beautiful retrospective catalog on his work. He spelled both my first and last name correctly. That happens just about never.

I’m sad to learn of H.R. Giger’s passing. So many fond childhood/teen memories that include his art. Top four:

1. Seeing Alien when it came out in the theater. I was 8 or 9 years old. My parents were awesomely permissive when it came to stuff like this, particularly my father.

2. Buying Celtic Frost’s “To Mega Therion” with Giger’s cover art on vinyl at Wall to Wall Sound and Video in Suburban Square soon after it came out. I brought it to the register and the young girl behind the counter had a look of complete revulsion, and exclaimed, “What is THIS?!”

3. The poster with his art for the Dead Kennedy’s album “Frankenchrist”. It had already been pulled from the record by the time I bought my copy in about 1987 so I had to send away to receive one in the mail. I lied on the age statement so I could get one. This was probably the legal case that made me most passionate about challenging censorship.

4. Going to Switzerland when I was about 17 and visiting Giger’s gallery and restaurant. I narrowly missed meeting Giger but his gallery people were super nice and held the books I bought and had him sign them to me. I still have all of those.

Here’s my signed copy of a beautiful retrospective catalog on his work. He spelled both my first and last name correctly. That happens just about never.

Three examples from a series of six different offset stickers that I (Marc Fischer) made in around 1998. Each sticker paired a text and an image from a found source. These were put up in public around Chicago and I remember having a nice conversation with the offset printer about the design and my interest in printing on a durable stock that would hold up well to rain and snow. Public Collectors is currently doing a benefit and a set of all six stickers will be included with every custom package I am putting together for each donor. Thank you to the twenty people that have contributed so far! Donations will go a long way toward helping with a Chicago presentation of Public Collectors’ project about Malachi Ritscher and a new upcoming publication. Here is the link with more details about what you’ll get!

Three examples from a series of six different offset stickers that I (Marc Fischer) made in around 1998. Each sticker paired a text and an image from a found source. These were put up in public around Chicago and I remember having a nice conversation with the offset printer about the design and my interest in printing on a durable stock that would hold up well to rain and snow.

Public Collectors is currently doing a benefit and a set of all six stickers will be included with every custom package I am putting together for each donor. Thank you to the twenty people that have contributed so far! Donations will go a long way toward helping with a Chicago presentation of Public Collectors’ project about Malachi Ritscher and a new upcoming publication. Here is the link with more details about what you’ll get!

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
PURCHASE

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

PURCHASE

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.

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.

Raw Deal (before they were forced to change their name to Killing Time) at the Frankford Y in Philadelphia in 1988. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Raw Deal (before they were forced to change their name to Killing Time) at the Frankford Y in Philadelphia in 1988. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Chuck Treece in the band McRad, from a concert at a VFW hall in or near Philadelphia. The stamp on the back of the photo says June 1988 so while I’m not positive of when this show happened, it’s around that time. Dare to Defy also played that night. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Chuck Treece in the band McRad, from a concert at a VFW hall in or near Philadelphia. The stamp on the back of the photo says June 1988 so while I’m not positive of when this show happened, it’s around that time. Dare to Defy also played that night. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Jello Biafra, after a spoken word performance in Philadelphia. I believe this is from Drexel University in 1988. Photograph by Marc Fischer.

Jello Biafra, after a spoken word performance in Philadelphia. I believe this is from Drexel University in 1988. Photograph by Marc Fischer.

Jello Biafra, after a spoken word performance in Philadelphia. I believe this is from Drexel University in 1988. Photograph by Marc Fischer.

Jello Biafra, after a spoken word performance in Philadelphia. I believe this is from Drexel University in 1988. Photograph by Marc Fischer.

The free booklet with my essay about Malachi Ritscher, created for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is now available online. Click here to view the PDF.This has been one of the deepest and most emotional projects I’ve worked on. I’m grateful to the many people whose words and other contributions made it possible to tell Malachi Ritscher’s story.

The free booklet with my essay about Malachi Ritscher, created for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is now available online. Click here to view the PDF.

This has been one of the deepest and most emotional projects I’ve worked on. I’m grateful to the many people whose words and other contributions made it possible to tell Malachi Ritscher’s story.

"This is a confirmation that we have received your approval to print."
After generating possibly the biggest pile of hardcopy rough drafts of my life, the booklet version of my essay on Malachi Ritscher for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art is going to print today. And of course I already noticed one tiny thing I could have adjusted in the spacing, so I’m going to try not to look at or think about this thing until I get to New York. There will be 10,000 copies of this 16-page booklet for visitors to take for free. Here is some more information about the project for those who missed earlier posts.

"This is a confirmation that we have received your approval to print."

After generating possibly the biggest pile of hardcopy rough drafts of my life, the booklet version of my essay on Malachi Ritscher for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art is going to print today. And of course I already noticed one tiny thing I could have adjusted in the spacing, so I’m going to try not to look at or think about this thing until I get to New York. There will be 10,000 copies of this 16-page booklet for visitors to take for free. Here is some more information about the project for those who missed earlier posts.

Some of you may know that I’m also a member of the group Temporary Services and that we have a publishing imprint called Half Letter Press. Generally I allow things from the Half Letter Press tumblr to have their own separate life, but this was a big moment for our group, and for me personally, that I’d like to share with all of you.
halfletterpress:

This rather unexceptional photo depicts something that for us, is quite extraordinary.
One of Temporary Services’ best known projects is Prisoners’ Inventions. In 2003, WhiteWalls published the book Prisoners’ Inventions, written and illustrated by our collaborator Angelo—an incarcerated artist from California. Angelo illustrated many incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill needs that the restrictive environment of prison tries to suppress. The inventions cover everything from homemade sex dolls, condoms, and salt and pepper shakers to chess sets and electrical cooking devices. Working with Angelo entirely through the mail, as well as many other collaborators on the outside, we created an exhibition that traveled to multiple cities, worked with fabricators who used Angelo’s drawings to build a life-size copy of his prison cell, and received a great deal of critical and media attention for the ongoing project.
Angelo, however, had never seen a copy of his own book. Either a worker in the prison mail room stole it when we sent him one, or the book was prohibited because it depicts objects that are contraband to possess.
Marc Fischer from Temporary Services first met Angelo when Angelo wrote him a letter and included a drawing back in around 1991. Angelo had seen his cellmate’s copy of Fischer’s old music and political fanzine Primary Concern. When Temporary Services formed in 1998, Angelo became an early collaborator—first on an exhibition of his narrative fantasy drawings, and later on the project Prisoners’ Inventions. All this time, none of us had ever met Angelo in person or even spoken to him on the phone. There is no internet access in prison so all communications for this project and all else happened through the mail.
After nearly a quarter of a century behind bars, Angelo was released recently and after speaking to him on the phone for the first time a little over a week ago, Marc was able to visit him in Los Angeles. A bit from Marc about the visit:
"Some friends have asked if there was anything surprising about finally meeting Angelo. His personality was pretty much just as I expected it would be from our hundreds of letters: pleasant, calm, respectful, and not overly dramatic. He has an enjoyable sense of humor and a highly alert mind. Angelo is nearing 70 years old but looks very good physically for a guy that loves snack foods and hates vegetables. He attributes his good health to not smoking, drinking or doing drugs, and walking a lot. He applied for a library card and has been catching up on history books that he’s been wanting to read forever but couldn’t find while in prison. The only real surprise was his hair, which Angelo described as kind of a Wild Bill Hickok look, but I think it’s a bit beyond that. With big combed mutton chops and a long mustache that covers almost his entire mouth, he looks like he might have just stepped out of the Wild West, which, after so many years in the California Department of Corrections, he really has."
Angelo also brought gifts that he thought we might enjoy: an excellent-looking anthology of writings by prisoners that he hung onto until he was released, and two clothing items saved from a stretch in Administrative Segregation: a pair of slippers that are made from an awful cardboard-like material, and a pair of disposable underwear that feels like like it is made from paper.
The transition of returning to society after so many years behind bars is clearly a gradual one, but for now we are happy that Angelo is out and getting acclimated to the very different world he has been released into. We look forward to continued communication with him in a more direct way, and to getting the book Prisoners’ Inventions back in print as soon as we can.

Some of you may know that I’m also a member of the group Temporary Services and that we have a publishing imprint called Half Letter Press. Generally I allow things from the Half Letter Press tumblr to have their own separate life, but this was a big moment for our group, and for me personally, that I’d like to share with all of you.

halfletterpress:

This rather unexceptional photo depicts something that for us, is quite extraordinary.

One of Temporary Services’ best known projects is Prisoners’ Inventions. In 2003, WhiteWalls published the book Prisoners’ Inventions, written and illustrated by our collaborator Angelo—an incarcerated artist from California. Angelo illustrated many incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill needs that the restrictive environment of prison tries to suppress. The inventions cover everything from homemade sex dolls, condoms, and salt and pepper shakers to chess sets and electrical cooking devices. Working with Angelo entirely through the mail, as well as many other collaborators on the outside, we created an exhibition that traveled to multiple cities, worked with fabricators who used Angelo’s drawings to build a life-size copy of his prison cell, and received a great deal of critical and media attention for the ongoing project.

Angelo, however, had never seen a copy of his own book. Either a worker in the prison mail room stole it when we sent him one, or the book was prohibited because it depicts objects that are contraband to possess.

Marc Fischer from Temporary Services first met Angelo when Angelo wrote him a letter and included a drawing back in around 1991. Angelo had seen his cellmate’s copy of Fischer’s old music and political fanzine Primary Concern. When Temporary Services formed in 1998, Angelo became an early collaborator—first on an exhibition of his narrative fantasy drawings, and later on the project Prisoners’ Inventions. All this time, none of us had ever met Angelo in person or even spoken to him on the phone. There is no internet access in prison so all communications for this project and all else happened through the mail.

After nearly a quarter of a century behind bars, Angelo was released recently and after speaking to him on the phone for the first time a little over a week ago, Marc was able to visit him in Los Angeles. A bit from Marc about the visit:

"Some friends have asked if there was anything surprising about finally meeting Angelo. His personality was pretty much just as I expected it would be from our hundreds of letters: pleasant, calm, respectful, and not overly dramatic. He has an enjoyable sense of humor and a highly alert mind. Angelo is nearing 70 years old but looks very good physically for a guy that loves snack foods and hates vegetables. He attributes his good health to not smoking, drinking or doing drugs, and walking a lot. He applied for a library card and has been catching up on history books that he’s been wanting to read forever but couldn’t find while in prison. The only real surprise was his hair, which Angelo described as kind of a Wild Bill Hickok look, but I think it’s a bit beyond that. With big combed mutton chops and a long mustache that covers almost his entire mouth, he looks like he might have just stepped out of the Wild West, which, after so many years in the California Department of Corrections, he really has."

Angelo also brought gifts that he thought we might enjoy: an excellent-looking anthology of writings by prisoners that he hung onto until he was released, and two clothing items saved from a stretch in Administrative Segregation: a pair of slippers that are made from an awful cardboard-like material, and a pair of disposable underwear that feels like like it is made from paper.

The transition of returning to society after so many years behind bars is clearly a gradual one, but for now we are happy that Angelo is out and getting acclimated to the very different world he has been released into. We look forward to continued communication with him in a more direct way, and to getting the book Prisoners’ Inventions back in print as soon as we can.

(Source: halfletterpress)

The Seattle straight edge band Brotherhood, from a show at the Arch Street Empire in Philadelphia. I believe this is from 1989. Other bands that played were The Accüsed, Deadspot, and Dare to Defy. You can see a flyer for this show here. The flying guitarist on the right? That’s Greg Anderson, who went on to play in Goatsnake and Sunn O))) and started the record label Southern Lord. Photo by Marc Fischer.

The Seattle straight edge band Brotherhood, from a show at the Arch Street Empire in Philadelphia. I believe this is from 1989. Other bands that played were The Accüsed, Deadspot, and Dare to Defy. You can see a flyer for this show here. The flying guitarist on the right? That’s Greg Anderson, who went on to play in Goatsnake and Sunn O))) and started the record label Southern Lord. Photo by Marc Fischer.

The Seattle straight edge band Brotherhood, from a show at the Arch Street Empire in Philadelphia. I believe this is from 1989. Other bands that played were The Accüsed, Deadspot, and Dare to Defy. You can see a flyer for this show here. Photo by Marc Fischer.

The Seattle straight edge band Brotherhood, from a show at the Arch Street Empire in Philadelphia. I believe this is from 1989. Other bands that played were The Accüsed, Deadspot, and Dare to Defy. You can see a flyer for this show here. Photo by Marc Fischer.