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How a free-speech warrior and radical publisher's censorship battles against the US government blew open America's culture and birthed the 60's
How a free-speech warrior and radical publisher's censorship battles against the US government blew open America's culture and birthed the 60's
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    CO-CONSPIRATOR

    You believe in freedom. You support the arts. You have a rebel heart. Time for everyone to know it! That's why we'll be giving you a shout-out on our social media.

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    PARANOID BOOKMARK

    You'll get our exclusive "backers only" Williams S. Burroughs Paranoid Bookmark printed with our campaign's signature image of... William S. Burroughs (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image).

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    WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS T-SHIRT + CREDIT IN OUR FILM

    Much like Laura Poitras today, Barney Rosset was intensely surveilled by America's security agencies. Over decades, the FBI and the CIA compiled hundreds of thousands of pages of intel on Barney. To commemorate the democratization of America's security apparatus, we made this timely t-shirt with our signature William S. Burroughs campaign image. These shirts are not available in stores, but early summer shipment guarantees you’ll be rocking Burroughs and Big Brother on the beach this summer! Our t-shirt is printed on American Apparel t-shirts, manufactured entirely in the USA, exclusively created for this Kickstarter campaign.

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    PLUS, see your name on the big screen when we roll your name in the film's end credits.

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    PAPERBACK REVOLUTION!

    A special opportunity to own a piece of the "paperback revolution" from the personal library of the man who made it happen. Two Black Cat paperbacks from Barney's personal library affixed with his personal library stamp (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image).

    Plus backer credit in our film, our paranoid bookmark, an exclusive link to an advance stream of the final film, streamed extra footage of cast riffs that almost made the final cut, and a shout-out on our social media.

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    LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN T-SHIRT

    Rock the hippest t-shirt in Brooklyn at your neighborhood coffee shop, music venue, or loft party. The classically hip Grove Press cover of Hubert Selby's debut novel inspired us to create this American Apparel t-shirt.

    You might need something to read on the way over, so we've included the e-book version of Rami Shamir's hip, best-selling TRAIN TO POKIPSE, edited by Barney Rosset, who blurbed the novel "a Catcher In the Rye for the new generation". A jolting, lyrical contemporary coming of age story, with a new introduction by the cocreator of Occupy Wall Street, the last revolution witnessed by Barney (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool photos.)

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    PLUS, we'll send you an exclusive link to advance stream the completed film (so you can see it first!); our Paranoid Bookmark; and a shout-out on our social media.

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    BARNEY AUTOBIO DOUBLE FEATURE

    Receive an exclusive copy of Barney Rosset's highly anticipated autobiography, "ROSSET" in advance of O/R Books' fall release PLUS an exclusive link to advance stream our documentary "Barney's Wall."

    Plus extra footage of cast riffs that almost made the final cut, backer credit in our film, our Paranoid Bookmark, and a shout-out on our social media.

    PLUS, see your name on the big screen when we roll your name in the film's end credits.

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    BIG BROTHER IS STILL WATCHING MOBILE PHONE CASE

    Your phone conversations and emails are monitored by the NSA. Might as well be spied on in style. Our backers exclusive mobile phone case printed with the campaign’s signature image of William S. Burroughs will make you stand out among the crowd at your next music show or protest (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image).

    Plus backer credit in our film, our Paranoid Bookmark, an exclusive link to advance stream our documentary, and a shout-out on our social media.

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    PAPERBACK REVOLUTION 2:
    BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Malcolm X. Frantz Fanon. Julius Lester. Long before he produced “Strange Victory,” his 1948 documentary feature about America under Jim Crow segregation, Barney Rosset understood that black lives mattered. His earliest protest was a boycott of “Gone With the Wind” when he was still in high school. It’s no surprise that Barney championed voices that defined America's Black Liberation Movement, without which it's hard to imagine Black Lives Matter.

    Receive two Grove paperbacks from Barney's library, stamped "Barney Rosset." In a spirit of solidarity, we're including a year-long membership to PEN and an EP of "Die Jim Crow" from fellow Kickstarter creator Fury Young. This concept album about America's prison system includes formerly and currently incarcerated black songwriters from across the country.

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    MIDNIGHT SCREENING: EVERGREEN FILM PACK

    Two Evergreen Film paperbacks from the Barney Rosset library, a DVD copy of Samuel Beckett's only film (entitled, appropriately, "FILM"), starring the great comedian Buster Keaton, and a DVD of Milestone Films' remastered and just released 1948 documentary, "Strange Victory", produced by Barney Rosset and directed by Leo Hurwitz. This classic film combines rare archival footage shot by the Allied and Axis powers during the Second World War with Hurwitz's own material — both nonfiction and dramatic reenactments — to draw parallels between Hitler's rise to power and the growth of fascism here at home in the years immediately after V-Day. The "Village Voice" calls the film, recently screened at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): "The most ambitious leftist film made in the U.S. between "Native Land" and "Salt of the Earth"."

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    PINTERESQUE:
    GROVE THEATER PACKAGE

    Harold Pinter. Samuel Beckett. Eugene Ionesco. David Mamet. Edward Albee. Contemporary theatre in America has been defined by the playwrights that Barney Rosset published through Grove Press. And now you can display that unique history on your wall with an original poster for the EVERGREEN THEATER's 1960 summer season. Hand-numbered (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image). Set of 20.

    Plus two Grove press paperback plays from the personal library of Barney Rosset, affixed with Barney's stamp; and a DVD copy of the definitive film version of Samuel Beckett’s most famous play "Waiting for Godot" for those nights you want to veg out without tuning out; backer credit in our film; our Paranoid Bookmark; exclusive link to advance stream; and a shout-out on our social media.

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    BECKETT'S BUNDLE

    Two first edition Samuel Beckett softcover books from the library of Barney Rosset, a DVD copy of Samuel Beckett’s “FILM,” a DVD copy of the film version of Samuel Beckett’s most famous play "Waiting for Godot," and an advance copy of the long-awaited forthcoming collection of Beckett/Rosset correspondence, “Dear Mr Beckett" (scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image). A riveting look into one of the twentieth century's definitive literary bromances.

    Plus backer credit in our film, our Paranoid Bookmark, exclusive link to advance stream the film, and a shout-out on our social media.

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    RETURN TO THE CHATEAU: The original "Fifty Shades of Gray"

    A rare opportunity to own a first edition copy from the original Grove Press office's library. "Return to the Chateau" Pauline Reage's steamy sequel to the BDSM classic "Story of O," is a one-of-a-kind hardcover, backstrip: DO NOT REMOVE LIBRARY COPY (typed) GP 689 (handwritten.) Scroll down on our campaign page to see the really cool image.

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    XXX FLING

    Make the right impression your next wild night out with Soft Handcuffs and a 12 inch genuine leather impression paddle from New York City’s outré' Museum of Sex. Our black cat mask will keep you anonymous through the fun and is inscribed with a line from one of Barney Rosset’s infamous Victorian Library ‘spanking novel’ paperbacks. It’s sure to make your guest understand this dirty birdie is quite the literary cat!

    And just in case you find yourself strapped for ideas instead, we’re including two first edition Black Cat "spanking novel" paperbacks from the library of Barney Rosset to rekindle your imagination.

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    TAROT CARD READING FROM THE QUEEN

    "On a stunning springtime afternoon, a few doors from the fairyland that is Central Park, I showed up at chez Flawless, who resides not far from the Whitney in a prewar lair befitting bohemian royalty," writes ARTFORUM's Rhonda Lieberman about her tarot card reading with Mother Flawless Sabrina, star of the 1968 Evergreen distributed film "The Queen." What will your experience be like? Only one of these are available so get it while you can. (Backers outside New York can Skype the Tarot or save the reading for their visit to New York.)

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    THE WALKING DEAD

    Enjoy your own (plus one) private and thrillingly unique excursion to Brooklyn's treasured, iconic burial ground, Green-Wood Cemetery, NYC's Père Lachaise. The New York Times, 1866: “It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood." With the learned guidance of Brooklyn-based author Ted Hamm, author of the forthcoming "Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn", hear stories about graffiti art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Morse Code revolution, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers, and Civil War generals.

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    YOU WERE CURIOUS, NOW YOU'RE DRUNK

    Two very happy hours of drinking at The Library, New York's last East Village dive with Williams Cole —co-producer of "Barney's Wall," "HBO's Gun Fight," and "99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Movie." A co-founder of the highly influential Brooklyn Rail, Cole has been producing, editing, directing and writing about documentary film for over 15 years.

    Spend your two hours discussing technical processes used in documentary filmmaking or getting tips on how to break into primetime.

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    Includes Barney Rosset's personal copy of "I am Curious (Yellow): Complete Film Scenario"

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    MARTINIS AND OYSTERS

    Ever wished you had a chance to experience the glamour of it all for just one night when New York Publishing was at its height? It’s true, the Algonquin Round Table’s long gone and publishing’s not what it used to be, but at the Knickerbocker Grill that something special of the New York literary world remains. This is the downtown hot spot of Who’s Who in New York publishing, and a favorite hang-out of Barney Rosset’s.

    Join Sandy Gotham Meehan, Williams Cole, and Astrid Rosset, Barney’s widow and executor of the Barney Rosset estate, for an hour and a half of martinis, oysters, and conversation that you never will forget. Hear Astrid recall personal anecdotes of Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and what it was like to live beside the man who made contemporary literature what it is today. Or pick the brains of these three publishing and film veterans to see how you might make the breakthrough move of your career.

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    PARIS REVIEW PORTAL

    See how it feels to be part of the literary hum. Our Paris Review Art of Writing Package includes an exclusive invitation (+1) to The Paris Review's hot summer-issue party in its storied offices. You'll also receive The Paris Review’s Winter 1997 issue (no. 145) with interviews with Barney Rosset on the art of publishing and Jeanette Winterson on the art of fiction inside, plus two Paris Review gems: "The Unprofessionals" and "Object Lessons." And to top it off, a year's subscription to The Paris Review. Decade after decade, The Paris Review has welcomed into its pages "the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaterrs and non-axe grinders. So long as they're good." Barney was the first recipient of the Paris Review's highest literary award: the Hadada Prize, created by George Plimpton.

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    ALLEN GINSBERG ORIGINAL

    Your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this original "Come Alive" poster from Grove's 1966 marketing campaign in NYC subways. (Yes, that's Allen Ginsberg!) This framed mint condition print quality original hung on Barney Rosset's wall for forty years, (And oh the stories it could tell!) Talk about being a fly on the wall for four decades of American history! (Except this is publishing so of course this fly is one of the iconic counterculture posters of all time. Pledge NOW and rejoin the Revolution!)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Be a really big deal in our film. You'll see your name highlighted on the big screen and on the film's IMDB page. You'll also receive the complete XXX package, the exclusive link to advance stream our film with a full hour of our cutting room grates, martinis and oysters with the filmmakers and Astrid Rosset at New York's Knickerbocker, AND our sui generis William S. Burroughs T-Shirt and mobile phone case.

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    BIGGEST CHEESE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Assume a maximum starring role in Barney Rosset's legacy. Executive Producer credit in the film, IMBD page, and promotional materials; premium seating at the film's premiere with the filmmakers and Astrid Rosset and members of the cast; and rocking after-party special invitation with the filmmakers, plus your guest.

    Beyond all this largesse, you'll be taking a moral stand against the menacing talk of rolling back our individual rights.

    The filmmakers, no slouches, will take you and a guest to cocktails and dinner in New York City, you will receive an invitation to a private Paris Review salon, and you will lunch, with a guest, with Astrid Rosset and the filmmakers at Astrid's absolutely charming East Hampton house, topped by a long walk and stretch-out on the fabled sand dunes of the Hamptons as you gently tan.

    You'll be a principal member of Team Barney and we will love you for it.

    Help us highlight the issue of the ever-hovering threat of censorship. Make a difference. As Barney would say, Dare to think differently. Take a stand. Live fiercely, and proudly.

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