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Sun RaProphetika – Lost Writings Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
The prophetic poetry and prose of the one-and-only Sun Ra – and the first of a promised trilogy of unpublished predictions, prognostications and end-times visions from one of the most distinctive artists ever! If you're a fan of the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, or even his earlier sci-fi doo wop/R&B work, you'll be amazed at how ingeniously his poetry fits in alongside his musical canon, in a thematic sense. The prose and poems touch hit oft-traveled territories – from ancient Egypt to the outer realms of the cosmos – and it's truly brilliant stuff. Kicks Books has been one of our favorite independent publishers for the the get-go, doing it with genuine love for their authors/artists/raconteurs, and printing on cool little back pocket-sized paperbacks, the way you might find a seedy pulp press back in the day. They get better and better with each new book – and we can't praise 'em enough for giving us rare Sun Ra writings! Paperback, 106 pages, and featuring a foreword by Charles Plymwell. Book

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Sun RaThis Planet Is Doomed – The Science Fiction Poetry Of Sun Ra (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2011. New Copy Book ... $12.99
The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra – complete and unabidged – in a great, kinda old school hip pocket paperback-styled tome from Kicks Books! As revered as Sun Ra is, was, and will forever be as one of the great avant garde bandleaders and all around musical innovators of the 20th Century, his work as an Afro-futurist poet is overlooked. This book aims to change that, but not in a precious way at all. It's sort of presented as a fun little pulp paperback. Includes a nice forward by Amiri Baraka and an intro by science fiction historian Bhob Stewart, who does a terrific job of detailing Ra's 60s poetry and his quite genuine relevence in that realm! Paperback, 124 pages. Book

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✨✧ Miriam Linna & Randell FullerI Fought The Law – The Life & Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The incredible rise and too-fast fall of the late Bobby Fuller – the southwest rocker who gave the world the classic "I Fought The Law", then died as a beaten, broken man in a car fire in 1966! The book tells the full story of Bobby's life and music from the perspective of his brother Randy – a musical partner, and witness to Fuller's death – writing here with a hell of a lot of detail, given the distance of time! Norton/Kicks founder Miriam Linna really helps Randy give shape to his words here – bringing some of her own flair for paperback punch, but without ever letting things get too sensational – and the book has a surprisingly personal feel overall – never too overstated or braggish, but filled with great respect and love of Bobby Fuller's music. There's a fair bit of vintage images – photos, posters, label, and more – interspersed between the words – and the book is 288 pages, and heavier than usual for a Kicks paperback! Book

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✨✧ Royston EllisGone Man Squared ... Book
Norton/Kicks, Late 50s/Early 60s/2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Whoa! The genius early writings of Beat inspired Brit lit/poetry legend Royston Ellis – the man who purportedly inspired The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" – compiled here, in paperback naturally, by our pulpy print heroes at Kicks Books! Royston would go on write novels and more, but early on he was a youthful rebel poet – one of the first figures to recite with a rock 'n' roll band backing him – and he inspired SO many writers and rockers to come! Gone Man Squared compiles the long out of print Jiving To Gyp and Rave collections, plus other select early work – and it's as incredibly cool as ever! Paperback, 128 pages – and featuring a forward by Jimmy Page! Book

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✨✧ Royston EllisRush At The End ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 1966/2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A revised version of a legendary book from British paperback scribe Royston Ellis – a volume originally published in the late 60s, where its take of homosexual love in the London suburbs created quite a scandal! For this revised edition, Ellis has cleaned up his prose a bit – improving the overall story and its telling – while still keeping all the best swinging 60s language intact – including some of the naughty bits that must have been quite a risk to publish at the time! As always with books on Kicks, there's a real love of vintage paperbacks that's gone into the whole thing – from the words on the page, to the typeface of the printing, and the overall heft and feel of the book. 237 pages, softcover. Book
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✨✧ Harlan EllisonWeb Of The City ... Book
Hard Case Crime, 1958. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Juvenile delinquency at its best – served up by the mighty Harlan Ellison! The book is Ellison's first – penned at a time when he wasn't that far from the streets of New York himself – and it tells the tale of gritty gang culture with stark, simple language that really packs a punch – and which has the burning intensity of the cover image too! The volume also includes some of Ellison's excellent early short stories from men's magazines – very similar in spirit to the two volumes of vintage material reprinted by Kicks Books too. 284 pages, softcover. Book
(Please Note – The spine has a remainder mark.)

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