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Edited by David Britton
213mm x 153mm 209mm x 148mm
ISBN 0 86130 069 6 (Hard)
ISBN 0 86130 068 8 (Soft)
|A special limited edition collection (1,000 copies) of fiction,
articles and graphics, and the second in Savoy's planned trilogy
of anthologies which commenced with The Savoy Book in 1978. Contains a selection of the letters which Michael Moorcock wrote to JG Ballard when the latter was Prose Editor of Ambit magazine, with the drug references left in. The full correspondencesans drug referencesformed Moorcock's account of his adventures in the movie capital of the world, Letters From Hollywood (Harrap, 1986). Police raids and litigation delayed publication of Savoy Dreams for four years, but on the plus side we were able to include
detailed coverage of these raids as well as the 1982 trial and
imprisonment of David Britton.
A few copies of this book are still available.
A very few copies of the hardcover edition of this title are still available.
|Publication in 1984 proved to be doubly auspicious when we hit censorship of a different kind hitherto unknown to us'political correctness'. After advance ordering copies of the anthology, the radical alternative UK bookshop Compendium Booksearly enthusiastic stockists of Savoydeclined to accept them.
The following correspondence took place between Compendium's Chris Render (author of the Biff strips), and ourselves:
Several years later our vinyl recordings were effectively banned by the UK independent record collective The Cartel (Rough Trade, Pinnacle Records, etc.), making it impossible for us to get distribution for our records. This was censorship on both frontsby the police and by the New Puritanism (yet to reach its apotheosis in Blairite Britain). Unwittingly, Compendium started The Savoy Wars, the name we gave our public fight-back.
"It seems so much more than five years since Britton and Butterworth first troubled the sleep of British publishing. Savoy Books was a glossy dream of everything they liked: Michael Moorcock's The Golden Barge, Jack Trevor Story and Henry Treece, Samuel Delany's The Tides of Lust and Ken Reid's Fudge the Elf. S and F and drugs and rock and roll. To support the business they sold bootleg records and got busted; they sold porn and got busted again, weekly. Savoy Books silted up the basement where Mike Harrison sat furiously writing A Storm of Wings. Britton went to jail. The Manchester sewers subsided. Vile winds blew down Deansgate. Time to go.
Instead. they keep on going. This sumptuous limited edition has a psychedelic cover featuring Adolf Hitler. On the back, an ad for four Savoy Books that never appeared, over Man Ray saying: "The public? I think they must accept what comes to them." Inside, Heathcote Williams, William Burroughs, M John Harrison, pages of Cramps fanzines, Tarzan and Ted Nugent and PJ Proby, nasty news cuttings, Butterworth's nova hymn to Captain Beefheart and Britton's mephitic Art Nouveau. All that was radical. But Savoy are still doing it, and they throw in "A Report from Prison" to show they know what they're doing.
Literary editors grimace nervously over the sherry. You're never safe with Savoy."
"I greatly enjoyed reading Savoy Dreams."
BRIAN W ALDISS
"A fine example of grace under pressure... An object of considerable cultural significance."
"Money well spent, not least for its especially articulate and timely account of the way obscenity trials are now being conducted in Britain."
"A marvellous book! A super dip."
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