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Something Else Press was founded by Dick Higgins in 1963. It published many important texts and artworks by Higgins, Gertrude Stein, George Brecht, Daniel Spoerri, Bern Porter, Emmett Williams and others. The Something Else Press was an early publisher of Concrete poetry and other works by Fluxus artists throughout the 1960s. During the late 1960s in New York City some of the various artists who worked at the Something Else Press included Editor in Chief Emmett Williams, artist Alison Knowles, poet Larry Friefeld, American/English novelist Mary Flanagan, artist Ronnie Landfield, and publisher/founder Dick Higgins. Originally located in Chelsea in Manhattan, the Something Else Press eventually relocated to West Glover, in Northern Vermont in the 1970s.

Contents

Complete list of Something Else Press publications, 1960s

1970s

Other publications

Alongside book publications, Dick Higgins published a series of pamphlets titled "Great Bear Pamphlets". You can browse an entire collection of these on [1].

Changes

While Higgins always remained the primary owner and publisher, other individuals served as editor, including Emmett Williams and Jan Herman. Herman took the job in 1973 and served until the press folded a year later. Higgins is quoted as saying about Herman:

"too much an editor, and too little a fund-raiser. His idea of doing business was to wrap books and mail them away - for that one has assistants (mailing books IS fun if one can afford the time) - and he spent too little time looking for production money from foundations and wealthy people. So the press went kaput the following year..." -Letter to H.R. December 27, 1976 - Fluxus, The Most Radical and Experimental Art Movement of the Sixties - Ruhe - 1979 - 'A' , Leidsekruisstraat 10, Amsterdam.

Herman disputes Higgins' account; see the talk page for details.

References

Peter Frank wrote an annotated history of the press called Something Else Press: An Annotated Bibliography in 1983 published by McPherson and Company:documentext.



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