Tuli Kupferberg


Originally published by Tuli Kupferberg and Sylvia Topp’s Birth Press between 1961 and 1965, this volume collects all ten issues of YEAH magazine as individual facsimile editions, housed in a single box. At the time of its original printing, Kupferberg described the magazine as “a satyric excursion; a sardonic review; a sarcastic epitome; a chronical of the last days,” and throughout its pages Kupferberg acts as both editor and artist, threading the needle of leftist politics with the sharp creative wit for which he became known as one of the founders of the counterculture rock band The Fugs.

YEAH magazine began under the shadow of the Cold War, with Kupferberg and fellow poets contributing poetry, drawings, and collages that protested any number of social issues of the time, including nuclear war, white supremacy and the historical legacy of American racism, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War, among others. Around issue 7, Kupferberg dispensed with contributors and submissions and began assembling the magazine into a form that most closely resembles the cut-and-paste zine aesthetic that later took shape in the ’70s and ’80s. In these later issues, Kupferberg collages articles, images, and advertisements in book length meditations that bite and snip at the American dream, all with the artist’s trademark sarcasm. YEAH ended with the infamous “Kill for Peace” issue, a massive double issue that lampooned the soldier, the army, the draft, the war, and American patriotism on the eve of America’s escalated involvement in Vietnam.

Tuli Kupferberg (1923–2010) was a New York City-based poet, author, cartoonist, publisher, and musician. In 1958, Kupferberg started Birth Press with Sylvia Topp, which published a number of beat and anarchist-influenced magazines and pamphlets, including Birth, Swing, and YEAH. His work was included in several hundred magazines and books, including three volumes of writings published by Grove Press in the late 1960s. Kupferberg’s work often attracted controversy; he was a dedicated activist around issues including racism, censorship, and police brutality. As a lifelong member of the seminal counterculture band, The Fugs, which he co-founded with Ed Sanders, Kupferberg released more than a dozen studio and live albums spanning from 1965 until his death.

5.5 x 8.5 inches
342 pages
10 issues in a hardcover box
Edition of 1000
ISBN: 9780990689690