Obeying the Chemicals. Barbara Barg, Nan Goldin, photographer.
Obeying the Chemicals
Obeying the Chemicals

Obeying the Chemicals. Photos by Nan Goldin

New York: Hard Press, 1984. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, title-page printed in red and black.

Downtown poet/singer-songwriter Barbara Barg's first book, inscribed by her on the title-page: "4/12/86 To Sharon, from Barg," illustrated with two black-and-white photos by Nan Goldin. Barg was born in Memphis, studied with Ted Berrigan in Chicago, and was a regular on the downtown NYC experimental music and poetry scene of the 70s, 80s and 90s, performing at such venues as The Kitchen, St. Mark's Poetry Project, CBGB, Bowery Poetry Club and Nuyorican Poets Café. Texts include "Fucking Bench," "The Outline of Birthday," and "Jihad," with the latter piece making its first appearance in the 1983 edition of the anthology Just Another Asshole, edited by Barbara Ess and Glenn Branca. The two photos by Goldin precede publication of her first monograph, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, by two years. Some fingersoiling to wraps. Very good. Scarce. Item #1024


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