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May 03

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Good Show Sir Comments: When Civilization ultimately battles for survival I am sure they will rely upon the KISS Army

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1975

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.67 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “The Texts of Festival”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    I like Lemmy’s one concession to fashion: a pink cape.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Or it could be the towel he dried himself with this morning.

  3. fred Says:

    Generic guitar hero really should be carrying an axe.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    “A crystal fantasy trip by Mick Farren”
    Someone’s been tweeking?
    Farren probably wrote the book in one all-nighter.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    People who text at festivals are more annoying than people who hold up their phones through the headliners’ whole set.

  6. daard23 Says:

    A. That’s the wrong way to hold a mic
    B. That’s the wrong way to sing into a mic
    c. I’m glad to see that in the far future, Shure is still producing the classic SM-58!

  7. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Whoah! This cover must’ve caused a lot of misunderstandings and confusion in bookstories…
    “What rock festival are these texts from?”
    “Where is that rock band playing?”
    “Is KISS in town??”
    “Can you get me a backstage pass to meet Fleetwood Mac?”

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    All right, because they seem to still have electricity, the KISS Army must be “civilization” and Dennis Hopper there is “tribal anarchy”.

    Definitely a crystal meth trip, which in 1975 means bikers, so the boots (and Dennis) check.

    But none of these people look to be much interested in texts; I suspect literacy isn’t a priority.

    I almost didn’t notice the near-naked bimbo what with all the other stuff going on. And the biker’s weapon is so badly-drawn and shaded that it might be a rifle, or maybe a ridiculously-long blowpipe.

    @Tat, @Daard: GSS!

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    There’s an alternate history thought experiment for you:
    “What If the 70s never ended?”

    Hopper of the Leather Clan’s maybe-a-rifle seems to be mashing into Doesn’t-get-Mics’ face.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    Example Texts of Festival: “Meet me by the portaloo”.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn--maybe it’s a ridiculously-long flute, for when he sits in with the band.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    It looks like an episode of the Mighty Boosh. Howard Moon, Vince Noir, and I guess Mrs. Gideon

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: So Jethro Tull is also tribal anarchy?

    Hmm. I’l allow it.

  14. Tracy Says:

    Naked chick is making the peace sign behind the dude’s butt. Oh for the days when a writhing, naked chick showing her nipples meant “edgy” and “adult” and “Not for squares” on a paperback book’s cover. (Double points if she was faceless or lacking a head.)

    I guess Dennis is holding an extremely long rifle but it looks like a pointy-stick old fashioned teachers used to spell out a word to first graders. The artist’s airbrush skills are that bad… I mean exceptionally bad. The folds of Dennis’s jeans make no absolutely no sense and neither do the wrinkles of his leather boots. I mean come on! Fabric folds are one of the easiest things to do with an airbrush.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tracy, ex-noob: was this cover on the side of a van originally?

  16. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tat Woods
    Before his first novel came out in paperback, Mick Farren used to drive around in a van with that painted on the side reading it out loud through a speaker system.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: Presumably Dennis is supposed to be wearing jeans, but the trousers look more like some kind of 70’s synthetic fabric. Maybe he’s using his long stick to point out The Texts Of Festival on a giant blackboard for the less-literate?

    @Tat, Max: Possibly on a van, but not airbrushed enough. Maybe the original version didn’t have Dennis and he got added on top later.

  18. Emster Says:

    @B. Chicklitz and @GSS ex-noob: I was completely befuddled by this cover…(again, @Ryan, where are you finding this stuff? Exactly whose estate sale did you score the big cardboard box full of vintage SF?) …and your comments triggered this delightful earworm:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkjflPDgZJA

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