(New York): H.A Productions, (1981-1983). First Edition. Various sizes. Original wraps all. All xerographically printed, Generally very good overall. VALIUM ADDICT No. 1 is signed by Kern on the front cover. Item #22812
Five issues of Richard Kern's infamous No Wave early eighties zines VALIUM ADDICT and DUMB FUCKER, including one issue of YOU SHOULD TASTE WHAT HAPPENS TO: YOU, an apparent one-off. Marking the very beginnings of his career, Kern issued some dozen zines under various names (HEROIN ADDICT being the first), producing them surreptitiously on a Xerox 9500 at the office of a friend. This allowed him to distribute the zines for free: handing them out, leaving them at busstops and subway stations. They are in both their look and methods of production and distribution embodiments of the lo-fi aesthetic of No Wave, and these zines hold hands with much of Kern's later punk-inspired career. David Wojnarowicz contribues to both issues of DF. All issues of his zines are scarce. We have to presume most perished. And OCLC holdings for any of these issues are sparse to say the least. As a group: rare.