Near Mint Stones Boots!

Today kind of felt like the sparkling emergence from mid-summer doldrums. Folks were popping in all day, the new Normal’s Chris Day designed tee was flying off the racks and a gent brought in a stack of vinyl gold that included 6 near mint Rolling Stones boots.

First off, there is the 3 lp box set “Tour of the Americas, 1975”. The vinyl is near mint, the box is very good minus. $60.

“Muddy Water Session”. Near mint double album in very good + jacket. $50. Tracks are: “Side One: Gimmie Shelter; Tumbling Dice; Brown Sugar; Reasons to Get High (with Muddy Waters).
Side Two: Street Fighting Man; Heart Breaker; Angie; Honky Tonk Woman.
Side Three: Midnight Rambler; On Down the Road (with Muddy Waters).
Side Four: Mannish Boy; Hoochie Koochie Man (both with Muddy Waters).

Not a boot, but a nice collectible - first issue of “Some Girls” with original cover featuring the faces of Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe that were later censored. Vinyl and jacket are excellent, $20.

“All Them Women”. “Some Girls” rehearsals, volume 3. Near mint with back cover picture page with track listing. $35.

“Stripped”. Near mint 1995 UK press of a double live album.

“Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out”. Netherlands pressing on blue vinyl! Excellent in very good + jacket, $30.

“Twenty Flight Rock”. Near mint triple album of ‘81 show in Hampton, VA on Keef’s 38th birthday! Was there cake? Was the frosting Swedish coke? In very good jacket with light ringwear, $35.

Keith Richards - L.A. Connection. Near mint double lp in vg+ jacket, $30. Live December 14, 1988.

New Barbarians - Barbaric Splendor. Near mint 1989 pressing of live 1979 concert. In near mint jacket, $40.

And let’s not forget Ron Wood! “I’ve Got My Own Album To Do”. Near mint UK Warner pressing in excellent jacket. With insert, $15.

And one Grateful Dead boot - “Orpheum Theater, Boston 1976.” Near mint on color vinyl in excellent jacket, $40.

don’t sleep on these. It’s rare that they turn up, let alone fresh and minty.

"Love Serve Remember" - Near Mint 6 LP Box

This listing is for a rare copy of the 1973 Ram Dass ‘Love Serve Remember’ box set. These recordings were made on 4 successive nights in the summer of 1972 at the WBAI Pacifica radio station in New York City. There are 6 records included, as well a booklet describing the event.

This collection was only available by mail order and not many copies were made. The vinyl is in near mint condition and looks like it was hardly, if ever, played. The booklet is also in excellent condition. The box itself is very good with average wear around the edges and light wrinkling to the back. This is just the thing to use to warm up for the Fields Festival in August! Some wild-eyed chanting and good vibe psych folk. $60.

Here is the Wikipedia skinny on Ram Dass:
Richard Alpert (born April 6, 1931), also known as Baba Ram Dass, is a contemporary spiritual teacher who wrote the 1971 bestseller Remember, Be Here Now. He is well known for his personal and professional association with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s. He is also known for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.

Final Tendril Waves of Artichoke Haircut At Normal’s

In the long distant, burning moss-covered ’80s in Baltimore it was extremely rare that anyone got out. Even by the costly route of Death. Those who somehow found themselves here - MICA grads/dropouts, Hopkins grads/dropouts, seekers of cheap rent, those who spent too many long drunken nights at The Marble Bar and forgot how to get back to the suburbs - seemed bound to the grotesquely beautiful streets that often raged.

But in the ’90s arts scene that began to change. There was also the old saying “they always come back”. That too changed. Gavin the Gelding started up a wonderful small press, publishing Mok Hossfeld’s Dona Juana, then loaded up the family and left for Albuquerque. Standing in the parking lot of some faceless housing division as they drove off is a bittersweet moment of heartbreak that will never leave me.

Then Mok Hossfeld, a mainstay of early Shattered Wig Nights, readings at the old Cultured Pearl, co-creator of the BAUhAus, himself left, a toasty crumb after pulling double shifts with Louie’s Bookstore and the short-lived Bow Wow House (whose old space the Charles Theater expanded into). Eventually Pappy Mok would come back, but only long enough to say, “No, I’m really gone still.” Choosing wild dysentery filled adventures teaching in rural provinces of China over sweating out the grim economy of Baltimore.

Now it is the 21st Century and my head is a near hairless imploding pumpkin and the Baltimore writing scene builds and collapses like a box of marvelous interplanetary snow globes in the hands of a ten foot baby.

Our collective eyes were barely dry from the departure of Adam Robinson, whose dynamic Publishing Genius first sprouted in our strange city, when a final reading date was set by Artichoke Haircut to be held at Normal’s. The AH collective, originally (still?) composed of three drunk lads and one drunk lass, graduates of the University of Baltimore, was active for around 4 years and published five volumes of their small well designed perfect bound oblong paperbacks.

Their reading series nights, held at Dionysus, then the Yellow Theater, were warm, energy-filled, receptive bacchanalias. Yes, there was a touch of frat to the readings, but a cosmic frat dedicated to the word and its permutations. And no matter how pickled the readers or crowd or both were, ears and minds stayed focused on the writing.

(Michael Kimball, reading from his brand new book Galaga)

I had a great time reading for them and felt loved, plus I discovered new writers that blew me away like Cort Bledsoe and Lily Herman. Lily escaped Baltimore for a while, but was pulled back in. She has now shaved her head and is working on a stage play with Patty Hearst and Joaquin Phoenix. Cort pretends he has left Baltimore by living in Alexandria, VA, where even bowel movements are strictly regulated and come with an enormous fine if they are not solid.

(C.L. Bledsoe, author of Riceland and Sunlight.)

The final reading was a blast as always. Cort Bledsoe in particular was a lightning rod. Eleanor Levine, a writer who had been published in multiple issues of AH, but whom none of them had ever met, drove down from Philadelphia to read. Slim matinee idol and part time William Faulkner impersonator Michael Kimball read from his brand new book Galaga while fiction writer Timmy Reed moaned and cried out in man crush agony.

It was a treat to finally get to hear Melissa Streat and Justin Sanders, two of the AH editors who are even more shy than Adam Shutz about presenting their own work. Justin did a sharp staccato-paced reading of a short story, based on the “Black Aggy(i.e.?)” horror myth, giving it more sociological resonance. Melissa read two poems, one of them about her father and his lack of borders. Of course I had to corner her outside after the reading to get the lowdown on him. The endless permutations of parental weirdness and parent-child relationships always fascinating for me since it’s been said mine might be on the more Addams Family end of the scale.

Also no stranger to emptying a devil-filled bottle is writer Timmy Reed who was the grand finale. He has finished a novel that he read from, but he wanted to only to read to us of the haints in it, not the humans. Here in the photo, thanks to the camera blanking his eyes and his petite frame, he looks like “The Fish Mask Haint of Holly High”. I first saw Timmy read at a WORMS night in the beloved Metro space, but he is also an Artichoke Haircut regular and his liver is most likely more swollen than theirs.

I used to see him at many readings butt scooting on floors, swooping like a bat over the stage, peeping through holes in bathroom doors, then I heard his tale of the family waiting on an apocalyptic storm and read his wonderful book Tell God I Don’t Exist, which is a big seller at Normal’s. Turns out he is also quite the history buff. He spoke at great length on Record Store Day about Anne Frank and the uncensored edition of her diary that came out containing the entries that dealt more with the universal sensual side of a teenage girl. At the Artichoke Haircut finale he dipped a little into Maryland history and how his family fits into it.

Adam Shutz and Melissa Streat will be heading out to Texas in less than a month, Justin Sanders will turn his back on literature and become a maker of virtual reality software, Artichoke Haircut placing a lead hat over its pulsing wig to forever silence transmissions. But the Baltimore stew of a writing scene will continue to simmer with alien spices. Insh’allah!

HEy pOeTs!!


The LANGUAGE Book - edited by Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein. Near fine paperback, $12. A touchstone of postmodern writing that boasts an entry from Baltimore local hero Chris Mason.

Anthology of New Poetics - Christopher Beach. University of Alabama paperback, $12.

Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront Since 1941. University of Iowa hardback, $12.

John Berryman - Dream Songs. Paperback, $6.

Edward Dorn - Gunslinger. $8 paperback, as new except for very minimal underlining.

Robert Duncan — Roots & Branches. New Directions paperback, $5.


Susan Howe - Frame Structures: Early Poems, 1974 - 1979. As new New Directions paperback, $6.

Charles Olson - The Maximus Poems. As new University of California paperback, $20.

Charles Olson - The Collected Prose. Edited by Donald Allen, introduction by Robert Creeley. Paperback, $15.

Ezra Pound - ABC of Reading. As new New Directions paperback, $6.

Ezra Pound - Cantos. As new paperback, $12.

Poems of Laura Riding, newly revised paperback edition, $10.

In The American Tree - Edited by Ron Silliman. 1986 paperback printing, very good, out-of-print, $15.

Alan Wald - Exiles From a Future Time: Forging of the Mid-20th Century Literary Left. Very good Chapel Hill paperback, $6.