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Ed Sanders Talks "Fug You" in Detroit

“J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI tried to have the Fugs album suppressed by the Justice Department, and the Justice Department listened to the album and sent a letter to the FBI saying what we were doing was protected by the United States Constitution. And when I read that, after I got my FBI files many years later, I had a pang of patriotism but also I regret that I couldn’t us that in the Fugs advertising for our album – “Approved by the U.S. Department of Justice” – that would have been a big plus in our ad campaigns.”Ed Sanders (from the interview)

Author, activist and artist Ed Sanders has been a creative force for over 50 years. From his early 1960s literary journal to his band the Fugs and beyond, Sanders is seen as one of the key people who bridged the beat generation of the late 1950s and the hippie culture of the late 1960s.

Sanders comes to Detroit this week for two events around his new memoir, “Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the F*ck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side”.

Ed Sanders on "Firing Line with William F. Buckley (1968)"

The Fugs "CIA Man" (NOTE: Contains Language Some May Find Offensive!)

WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Sanders about his work – past and present, his connections to Detroit and his upcoming visit.

Book Signing Event
Monday, April 9th 7:30-8:30pm
The Book Beat
26070 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 968-1190

Poetry reading & acoustic performance by internationally-acclaimed poet Ed Sanders and world-renown musician Rodriguez
Wednesday, April 11th 7:00-10:00pm
Wayne State University - Welcome Center Auditorium
42 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48201