Concord, CA: Seeland/Negativland, 1992. Softcover. First Edition. From an edition of 4,000 that was pulled from circulation. Staplebound in wraps. 96pp.
4to. (11 x 8 ½ in.) Offset. The cover is separated from the stapled binding and has a light stain and minor shelf-wear. A small bookseller’s mark is in the rear endpaper in pen. Book is missing 25 minute CD which originally was included. Very good condition. Item #4531
The Letter U And The Numeral 2 documents the court case Island Records mounted against SST Records and Negativland for their 1992 EP of the same name. Negativland, known for their culture-jamming music and media, gained a lot of attention after releasing a parody of U2’s hit song, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For that sampled outtakes of radio DJ Casey Casem screaming profanities. Reprinting correspondence between the band, the labels, lawyers, Casey Casem, and SST Records, the book’s distribution was blocked by SST citing copyright infringement, specifically due to the legal transcripts that were reproduced revealing the label’s threats to sue the band. Negativland re-released an expanded edition of this magazine with a longer CD through their imprint, Seeland in 1996.