New York: The Living Theatre, 1962. Offset. 8 ½ x 14 in. Very good with slight loss to top corners. Item #6766
Flyer promoting a 1962 New Year’s Eve Party benefit concert for the Renaissance House, The Living Theatre, and the Provincetown Review, featuring the Cecil Taylor Quartet and the Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet at the Renaissance House in New York.
The party came at a turning point in the careers of many involved. A month before the performance, Taylor had recorded his landmark live album Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come with Sunny Murray and Jimmy Lyons, today regarded as one of the greatest live recordings in jazz history ; Shepp had released his debut album only three months earlier, with the Savoy LP Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet; while The Living Theatre had just began their production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Man is Man,” which would tour the world and helped establish The Living Theatre as the premiere avant-garde theater company in the world. Additionally, the Renaissance House, an avant-garde performance venue in New York, had presented Allan Kaprow’s happening The Courtyard earlier in the year, and the Provincetown Review, an influential alternative literary journal, had gained increased influence and notoriority following editor Bill Ward’s recent obscenity arrest. Finally, this flyer is a rare document of overlap between the Black and white New York avant-gardes, which historically have often been rigorously segregated.
Surely the place to be at in New York on New Years Eve in 1962.