Published by Family Dog / Bindweed Press, San Francisco, 1966
Unbound. Condition: Very Good. Flyer. 8.5" x 11". Handbill for a performance illustrated by Stanley Mouse (*Family Dog 23*). Illustration of three well-fed medieval minstrels holding forth with song. The psychedelic lettering has been colored in with red watercolors by an unknown person, somewhat sloppily but not unpleasingly. Signed by Stanley Mouse at the bottom with his "mouse" logo (and not inconceivably colored by him as well). Small tack holes in the corners, overall very good. Accompanied by a press release for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, known as The Great Gnome Biography written by Derek Taylor, the Apple Records/Beatles publicist. Ten loose sheets of typed ribbon copy with typed rectos only and stapled in the upper left-hand corner. With the address of Beefheart's management and public relations firms at the end. Fine. The famed rock critic Ralph J. Gleason's copy with his Signature at the top of the first sheet. The ten-page press release about the formation and evolution of the band in the form of a fable about The Great Gnome providing a greasy parchment of names for the band to choose from, with multiple (presumably imagined) quotes from Beefheart (Don Van Vliet), Alex St. Clair, and others. Gleason was a very influential critic of jazz and rock music, and was a founding editor of *Rolling Stone*. An amusing and inventive fable, we can find no evidence of publication, and this could presumably be unique.