Great Bear Pamphlet Series
  • artists' book
  • boxed edition
  • offset-printed
  • staple bound
  • black-and-white
  • 24.3 x 17 x 4.6 cm.
  • 20 vol. : 19 vol. [16] pp. ; 1 vol. [32] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9780978869717

Great Bear Pamphlet Series

[Cardboard Boxed Edition]

Alison Knowles, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, Claes Oldenburg, Al Hansen, Jerome Rothenberg, Allan Kaprow, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Robert Filliou, John Giorno, Nam June Paik, Dieter Rot, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams, Jackson Mac Low, John Cage, Bengt af Klintberg, David Antin, Philip Corner, Dieter Roth, Luigi Russolo, Jose-Luis Castillejo, Ramiro Cortes, Javier Martines Cuadrado, Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, Tomas Marco, Eugenio de Vicente

Great Bear Pamphlet Series


A complete compendium of all Great Bear Pamphlets. Originally published between 1965 and 1967 by Something Else Press, the Great Bear Pamphlet contributors were a who's who of the sixties avant-garde: George Brecht, John Cage, Al Hansen, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Nam Jun Paik, Dieter Rot and Emmett Williams, were just but a few of the artists / authors in the series. All of the pamphlets were staple-bound and 16 pages in length (except for the "Manifesto" issue, which was 32 pages). While they shared the same format, each title in the series was printed on varying colors and types of paper. True to the originals, each pamphlet will be printed on various types and colors of paper and the complete edition will come in a hand-made pine box. List of pamphlets 01. By Alison Knowles / Alison Knowles; 02. A Book About Love & War & Death: Canto One / Dick Higgins; 03. Chance-Imagery / George Brecht; 04. Injun & Other Histories (1960) / Claes Oldenburg; 05. Incomplete Requiem for W. C. Fields / Al Hansen; 06. Ritual: A Book of Primitive Rites and Events / Jerome Rothenberg; 07. Some Recent Happenings / Allan Kaprow; 08. Manifestos / Includes work by Oyvind Fahlstrom, Robert Filliou, John Giorno. Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik, Diter Rot, Jerome Rothenberg, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts and Emmett Williams; 09. Berlin and Phenomena / Wolf Vostell; 10. The Twin Plays: Port-au-Prince & Adams County Illinois / Jackson Mac Low; 11. Diary: Change the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) / John Cage; 12. The Cursive Scandinavian Salve / Bengt af Klintberg; 13. Auto Biography / David Antin; 14. Popular Entertainments / Philip Corner; 15. A Filliou Sampler / Robert Filliou; 16. Untitled Essays and Other Works / Allan Kaprow; 17. A Look into the blue tide, part 2 / Diter Rot [Dieter Roth]; 18. The Art of Noise / Luigi Russolo; 19. The Last French-Fried Potato and Other Poems / Emmett Williams; 20. A Zaj Sampler / Contains work by Jose-Luis Castillejo, Ramiro Cortes, Javier Martines Cuadrado, Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, Tomas Marco, and Eugenio de Vicente. Reprinted in 2007 in painstaking detail to match the original publications as closely as possible and housed in a cardboard box stamped with the Great Bear logo.


"Something Else Press : An Annotated Bibliography" by Peter Frank. Kingston, NY : McPherson & Co, 1983, pp. 66 - 75.
"Esthétique du Livre d'Artiste 1960 / 1980" by Anne Moeglin-Delcroix. Paris, France : Jean-Michel Place / Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1997, pp. 30.

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