GNAOUA by Ira Cohen
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Publisher: Ira Cohen
Format: Softcover, printed in Belgium.
Condition: Very Good
Poet, photographer, filmmaker, editor, and publisher Ira Cohen produced this scarce magazine Gnaoua in Tangier, 1964. In Cohen's brief editorial statement he notes that the magazine is named for the ecstatic dancing and possession trances of the North African sect of the same name, and concludes that "The object is exorcism". Influenced by Beat-era writings; contributors include: William S. Burroughs, Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, Harold Norse, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, J. Sheeper [Irving Rosenthal], Jack Smith, Marc Schleifer, Mohammed Ben Abdullah Yussufi (translated by Rosenthal), J. Weir, Stuart Gordon, Tatiana, Alfred Jarry (translated by George Andrews).