New York: Vanilla Paper Inc., 1974. Offset, with holographic inscription on front fly leaf and rear paste-down endpaper, and stamped with red nipple print on fly leaf. Sewn-bound in boards. 7 ¼ x 9 ½ in. Unpaginated. First Edition, No. 8/250. Near fine. Item #6589
Strange and scarce notebook-style book by this under-examined figure in the Pop Art and glam rock scenes, proto-performance artist, singer, actress, publicist to David Bowie, and Warholian star – numbered 8 in an edition of 250, signed, and bearing her nipple print.
Mimicking a teenager’s composition notebook, this scrapbook-style publication by Cherry Vanilla, released in an edition of 250, chronicles her life in photography, poems, and prose – a ribald and forthright encounter with art and sexuality.
Starring in Andy Warhol’s stage production Pork, working as David Bowie’s publicist during the Ziggy Stardust era in the early 1970s, and front person for the London based Cherry Vanilla Band, Vanilla (born Kathleen Doritee) was a significant and illustrious figure in the glam and punk rock scenes. Pop Tart Compositions collages of poetry, photography, and illustration create frank declarations of her sexuality in a scene dominated by male sexuality. A rare artists’ book exploring sex, performance, and fandom from a self-declared groupie.
“She’s the champagne of women and a full-blooded whore!”.