Edition S Press, founded 1969 by Angela Koehler, Nikolaus Einhorn and Axel Knipschild in Hattingen near Bochum (West-Germany), was a privately funded small-press venture connected to a non-profit gallery. Angela Koehler’s brother Michael joined in 1972 and took over in 1980, running the label until his death in 2005.
The basic principle was to publish an international selection of works on audio-cassette and (many titles) reel-to-reel tape, produced in close cooperation with the authors.
Almost every work is spoken by the author, unless otherwise intended (works for multiple voices or if author is deceased).
Circulation varied with a maximum total run of around 300 copies in case of ‘classics’ (Raoul Hausmann, Otto Nebel) or ‘stars’ (Patti Smith, John Cage); this may not include later editions / re-issues.
The S Press catalog contains inconsistencies concerning alternative titles (e.g. Fast Speaking Woman by Anne Waldman contains the same material as Non-Stop); catalog-numbers (e.g. Michael Brownstein Brainstorms appears as #66 and #70); multiple catalog-numbers for one release (e.g. S Press Tape #27-28-29 John Cage Talking to Hans G Helms On Music and Politics); and alternative cover-artworks of re-issues. Some announced releases have never been published (e.g. Velimir Khlebnikov, Albrecht/d., August Stramm, William Burroughs, René Bastian, Reinhold Koehler, Rolf-Dieter Brinkmann, Bobbie Louise Hawkins). Even after in-depth research of the S Press papers (Archives of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin) and meetings with two of the original founders, Angela Koehler and Nikolaus Einhorn, these inconsistencies could only be solved to a certain extent.
If you are in possession of releases by S Press that are not listed here, or have any suggestions please get in touch with PennSound.
An extended introduction written by Marc Matter is available in PDF form: PDF
“¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” [Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande Jatte]” was written in 1996 and was first published that year by Arras. It is written in an ecstatic language that offers unmediated contact with the singleness of pure truth. While this poem will not unlock its secrets to doubters, for those elect whose steadfastness in the face of prevarication and disorientation have earned them the title Ideal Reader, “¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” provides a guide for everyday life. This poem answers the call for a popular poetry that can galvanize the engagement of ordinary people. Because “¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” represents a return to the oral poetry of the ancient bard , it is recommended that the three audio realizations of the poem be consulted HERE:
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Princeton University Library has acquired Granary Books’s collection related to L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E:
“The Language Writing Collection comprises approximately 1,200 items including books, pamphlets, magazines, broadsides, manuscripts, letters, and ephemera, presenting a rigorous and comprehensive survey of the most influential American avant-garde literary development of the last 50 years. The Collection chronicles the group’s inception in the seventies, maturation in the eighties, and influence through the nineties and beyond, and provides the basis for in-depth scholarly research in recent experimental poetry and poetics; literary production and community; and independent small press publishing. The work of nearly 50 poets central to Language Writing has been collected along with more than 50 runs of little magazines associated with the movement.” — From the Granary Books Prospectus.
Una nuova sezione dell’archivio PennSound, dell’Università di Pennsylvania, interamente dedicato a registrazioni audio e video di poeti e autori italiani.
Qui l’introduzione in inglese della curatrice, Jennifer Scappettone: http://jacket2.org/article/introducing-pennsound-italiana
La pagina è all’indirizzo http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Italiana.php