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JEWS, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a three volume anthology edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider.

JEWS, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a three volume anthology edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into modern culture, examining contributions to art, business, and community in downtown New York. Compiling more than 150 chapters contributed by an international host of writers, these three volumes investigate individuals, movements, and institutions that have impacted the city, the country, and the entire planet.

With respect to the vast history and cultural diversity that makes up the Jewish experience on the Lower East Side, the editors have engaged an equally vast group of essayists. Contributors include historians, neighborhood preservationists, artists, rock stars, activists, poets, filmmakers, and more. Through their words, familiar subjects and individuals are re-examined, historic moments are considered, and unknown agents of change are brought to light. This is perhaps best illustrated by a sample of different chapters:

     “Allen Ginsberg’s Ideal Society”
     “Architecture of the Jewish Ghetto”
     “Barney Rosset: Outsider on the Inside”
     “Early Communitarian Experiments on the Lower East Side: Social Reform Practices in New York City During the Gilded Age”
     “Emma Goldman – First Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side”
     “Jewish Boxing in the Lower East Side”
     “June Leaf, Hands at War”
     “Public Baths on the Lower East Side”
     “Reflections [on Philip Glass]”
     “Tuli Kupferberg: The Meaning of the Jew in the Dictionary of Anarchism”

JEWS, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a one-of-a-kind document, with a depth and understanding that spans more than two hundred years. A true people’s history, the text allows a huge cross section of thinkers to articulate their experience and knowledge, unfettered by an external narrative.

All of the essays are complete and ready to be published. Conventional publishing schedules would separate the release of these three volumes over a number of years, but a successful Kickstarter campaign will ensure the release of the complete three-volume set within the next 12 months. A small portion of the funds raised will be used to cover pre-production costs (final editing and the creation of an index) but the majority of the money will go to printing.

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    A personalized thank you email from the editors.

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    A copy of UP FROM THE URBAN TRENCHES: ARTISTS AND ART SPACES ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE (2005). This 80 page, fully-illustrated out-of-print examination of art spaces includes essays on ABC No Rio, Rivington Sculpture Garden, Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, FusionArts Museum, and Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. Created on the occasion of the exhibition “Then and Now – Lower East Side Art from a Fusion Perspective” (2005), the catalogue was produced in a limited run and has not been available for 15 years.

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    A copy of THURSDAY, SEPT. 14: A NIGHT OF ART, FILM, AND ULTRAPERCEPTION (2006). This 40 page, full color catalogue accompanied an exhibition of sculptural works by Clayton Patterson and a screening of film works by Harry Smith. Includes contributions from Clayton Patterson, Jeremiah Newton, Bob Holman, Lionel Ziprin, and many more.

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    Front Door Photo: For 30+ years, Clayton Patterson has been taking photos of Lower East Side residents, graffiti artists, and musicians framed in the front door of his gallery. Many of these photos were compiled in the 2009 book FRONT DOOR BOOK (more info here: http://store.oh-wow.com/item.html/47538). Backers at this level will have their photo taken by Clayton in this legendary doorway and will receive a hi-res digital file of the image.

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    A copy of CAPTURED: A FILM & VIDEO HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE (2005), signed by editor Clayton Patterson. This 600-page examination of 50+ years of creativity and art investigates movements such as No Wave and the Cinema of Transgression, and individuals including Allen Ginsburg, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, and Steve Buscemi. With over one hundred contributors, Captured tells the story of film and video in the Lower East Side in the artists’ own words.

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    A copy of RESISTANCE: A RADICAL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE (2007), signed by editor Clayton Patterson. This collection of writings and images documents the political history of the Lower East Side, describing the lives and the struggles of radicals, artists, and immigrants including Emma Goldman, Dorothy Day, Christopher Mele, Jim Feast, Lynn Stewart, and many others. Topics range from the early settlement houses and sweatshops to squatters, rioters, artists, activists, and organizers.

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    A 10 x 14” C-print of a photo from Clayton Patterson’s three decade archive of Lower East Side photography. Backers at this level receive their choice of one signed print from a selection made especially for this project. Images are on view here: https://picasaweb.google.com/103467210546923487626/JewsAPeopleSHistoryOfTheLowerEastSide#

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    All three volumes of Jews, A People’s History of the Lower East Side signed by Clayton Patterson. The volumes will be shipped to backers directly from the presses, in advance of the official release date, at the retail cost of the finished set.

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    A copy of WILDSTYLE AND TATTOO: HISTORY OF A NEW IDEA (2003) signed by Clayton Patterson. This hardcover, full-color book, edited by Clayton Patterson and Jochen Auer, has never been for sale in the US and was produced in a limited run of 800 copies.

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    The backer’s name (or a name of his/her choice) listed in the acknowledgments of JEWS, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE. In addition, backers at this level will receive all three volumes of JEWS, delivered before the book’s official release date.

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    DVD copy of the never released, 3 hour 1988 Tompkins Square Park Police Riot video as documented by Clayton Patterson. This unique footage of one of the pivotal moments in Lower East Side history was the subject of a fierce court battle and subsequent hunger strike by Clayton and has never been available in its entirety in any form.

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    One of a kind custom Clayton cap designed in collaboration with Clayton Patterson. Hand embroidered by Clayton and Elsa Rensaa, Clayton caps have been worn by David Hockney, HR of Bad Brains, and Gus Van Sant. Less than 500 Clayton caps exist in the world, and Clayton and Elsa stopped production in 2008—this is the only way to receive a Clayton cap in 2011. For images of past Clayton Caps: http://claytonpattersoncaptured.com/2009/07/02/clayton-caps/

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    For this level of patronage, backers will help share the information contained within JEWS: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE. 10 copies of the three-volume set will be donated to libraries of the backer’s choice, with custom bookplates acknowledging this generosity.

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