COCO je postal housekeeper [COCO became a housekeeper].

[Ljubljana, circa 1975-78]. Octavo. [25] leaves of mimeographed typescript and one full-page drawing to rectos and versos. A few pages lightly discolored; light overall wear; still about very good.

Rare, apparently unrecorded mimeographed bulletin created by Slovenian students in the 1970s, some of whom are today considered pioneers of the Punk movement in Yugoslavia. The publication features original poems and texts, written during the final years of Tito’s government in student dorms and clubs; they speak out against the regime, its propaganda (especially regarding World War II), and religion. Written in students’ slang, the texts are full of Yugoslav swear words, expressions, and humor. Written in the mid-to-late 1970s, the texts were also heavily inspired by the contemporary Punk movement in the UK. The bulletin was printed mimeographically on sheets of different sizes and paper, presumably by the various authors, and later compiled and stapled together, with an improvised wrapper with mimeographed title and introduction.

Many of the authors later became known figures, among them: Pero (Peter) Lovšin (born 1955), one of the best-known Yugoslav (now Slovenian) punk musicians and a co-founder of of the first Yugoslav punk band Pankarti (pronounced as Punk-arti, meaning The Bastarts) in 1977, which shook up the late Tito era with its subversive lyrics. Tomaž Mastnak (born 1953) is today a prominent political philosopher and internationally active civil rights activist. Tone Škrjanc (born 1953) became a recognized poet, journalist, and translator, active in the Ljubljana art world. or more on the significance of Punk and related movements in the early 1980s, see Helena Motoh, “‘Punk is a Symptom’: Intersections of Philosophy and Alternative Culture in ‘80s Slovenia” (2012): "Judged as an anti-cultural phenomenon by the political opposition and as fascist and destructionist tendency by the pro-regime literati, the punk movement was obstructed from obtaining a space for representation in media but also took the representative role for the newly emerging social movements that sought reforms and change…” (p. 288).

Rare; no copies traced in KVK or OCLC.
Book ID: 50026

Price: $750.00