Pussy

By Kathy Acker
1995 | Audio CD | ??:??

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In September 1994 I was living in a dilapidated English seaside town called Brighton, the UK’s San Francisco if ya like. I used to enjoy hanging out at a local spoken word club and getting ignored by the hip kids. Do Tongues (aka the Twat Club to we un-hipsters) put on writers I didn’t like such as Douglas Coupland, Dennis Cooper or that sad Oxbridge junkie who likes to try and sound hard. The problem was that the hipster kids had no inkling that I was really an incognito underground impresario with a successful label under my belt (it said ‘28inch real leather’). Furthermore, I had just set up a publishing imprint on the premise that I could publish books by musicians and records by writers.

So I was stoked when I heard that Kathy Acker was coming. Kathy Acker was the most shoplifted female author in the world! Here was a chance to give some five-finger discount options to the kids on the street. I got in touch with her booking agent and asked if she’d cut a disc for CodeX, since that’s what the label was called. When she hit town I invited her for a curry but I said I wasn’t hungry even though I was but I didn’t have the cash to spring for both of us. My mind has long gone somewhere else and I can’t remember anything of what we talked about, except for that bit about the legendary warehouse (in Paris?) that was still full of Olympia Press volumes, and also about a distro deal I was putting down that would potentially land our product in High Street chains like Woolworths and Boots Chemists. The balance will come back in my dotage. Did I give her a copy of my novel? I must have…

So the next day or so, Kathy went into a local studio and read pretty much the set she did for the spoken word club. I think it was mostly early versions of stuff from a forthcoming work titled ‘Pussy’. I remember I was laid up with shocking flu. I commissioned our fave local artist to do a portrait for the cover and Kathy was kind enough to send some photos by Michael Delsol. The disc came out in 1995 and sold out pretty fast.

The gist of it is that I have no idea how I come to have a signed copy with a comment about Woolworths on it. Maybe I got that done when she played again in Brighton with the Mekons in 1996. I don’t know. I mean surely I would’ve gone and seen the fucking Mekons! Nah… It’s all gone in the fog of lager. I can’t explain any of it. What a lady. Wouldn’t it be great if we had three times as many books? But we don’t. Oh yeah! She gave me the slop of the suppression of ‘Young Lust’ too… hahahahahaha!

Simon Strong
Dec. 2011

Track listing

O and Ange
First Whore Song
Second Whore Song
Entrance of the Punk Boys
The Story of St Gallbladder
The End of the World

Pussy, King of the Pirates: Her Story
The Loneliness of Pussy
Pussy Language