Friday, December 7, 2007

Gary Panter's 'Rozz Tox Manifesto' (circa 1980)

In preparing yesterday's Pee-Wee Herman Show post I got to looking through some old
Gary Panter artwork.
It sparked memories of his 'Rozz Tox Manifesto'.

It was an interesting essay he wrote back in 1979 and posted item-by-item in the free personals section of the LA Reader.

When I first saw it, it was printed in the pages of a Ralph Records mail-order catalog.

Panter had done several album covers at the Ralph label, and for me, Ralph's slogan/credo of 'Buy Or Die!' resonated with the words of Panter's plea for artists to work within the capitalist market and find a larger audience.

There were other groovy ideas in there that inspired me so much at the tender age of - - what, seventeen years old?!? (yeesh) - - that I carried (more like buried) the thing in my wallet for a while.

A wish for coolness by osmosis or something...
...Though that was probably missing the point.
(As the original copy I've kept is now all weathered and aged, has it attained talisman status?)

It's fun to read it now and see what's developed and changed, what truly hasn't, and what points speak to our modern digital world.

- Click on that image below ⬇ of the tattered copy torn from a 1980 Ralph Records catalog to ENLARGE, or incur less eyestrain by reading the Rozz Tox Manifesto posted at Gary Panter's blog.

- Also at the blog, you can read Panter's story about the manifesto's origins.


glyphjockey said...

I sent Rozz-Tox around 1997 to an Irish friend whose lover was studying art, to me the friggin' thing is crystal clear but I got no reaction..... the little illegal immigrant is probably designing Republican party posters. As Jimbo would say, "Who gives a shit?!?"

My favorite things from Gary around that time were the creation of Clorex and Purox, two imaginary toxic commodity cleaning products.

Lastly, Nicole Panter was a babe and a half.

Harry Swartz-Turfle said...

Thanks for posting this. Just getting into the many facets of Gary Panter, and so much of the Rozz Tox is still relevant and inspirational.

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