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enigma boring book. Ernie Stomach.
Oblong 12mo.; illustrated throughout with black line drawings; printed wrappers; stapled. Very good.
First edition; one of 470 copies. Signed, “by authority of Richard Meyers, Nov. 2009.” One would not immediately link this odd publication to the birth of punk but look again. Uh is perversely inarticulate poetry, an almost indecipherable alphabet book composed of vaguely stomach-like, or possibly sexually suggestive, letter forms. It was published by poet Richard Meyers, who would soon gain fame and notoriety as Richard Hell. Hell was the lyricist, vocalist, and bass guitarist of Television, the band he and Tom Verlaine formed in 1974. His music, attitude and fashion sensibility were immensely influential in defining the sound and look of punk in the early to mid-70s. Later he formed Richard Hell and the Voidoids and in 1977 recorded Blank Generation, probably the outstanding achievement of his career and one of the truly iconic albums of the punk era. Something of his iconoclastic aesthetic sensibility can be seen in this, his first book.