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Suck : the first European sex magazine.

Suck : the first European sex magazine.
London : BCM/Joy Publications, 1969-1974.

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TextPermit needed Berg Coll+++ Counterculture S83 1969Schwarzman Building - Berg Collection Room 320


Additional Authors
  • Al-Amin, Jamil, 1943-
  • Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
  • Beeke, Anna.
  • Bouwman, E.F.
  • Brøgger, Suzanne.
  • Brus, Günter.
  • Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997.
  • Clark, Tom, 1941-
  • Clay, Mel.
  • Crumb, R.
  • Daley, Bill.
  • Ridder, Willem de.
  • Elsken, Ed van der.
  • Gordon, Ginger.
  • Greer, Germaine, 1939-
  • Gysin, Brion.
  • Haynes, Jim, 1933-2021.
  • Levy, William.
  • McClure, Michael.
  • Mühl, Otto.
  • Naseman, Gabi.
  • Solanas, Valerie.
  • Tillman, Lynne.
  • Trocchi, Alexander, 1925-1984.
  • Williams, Heathcote.
  • Wilson, S. Clay, 1941-2021.
Alternative Title
Virgin sperm dancer.
  • Issue No. 1 (Sept. 1969) published in London; succeeding issues, nos. 2-8, published in Amsterdam by Joy Publications, March 1970-June 1974.
  • All published.
  • Tabloid newspaper format heavily illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings of naked men and women engaged in sexual acts alone and with each other.
  • With: Suck Special Issue, "The Virgin Sperm Dancer: an Ecstatic Journey" (The Hague: Bert Bakker, June 1972).
  • "Virgin Sperm Dancer" issue (small folio, in card stock, color-printed wrappers, 72 p.), by William Levy, photographed by Ginger Gordon, and designed by Anthon Beeke.
  • Edited by William Levy, Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams, with the assistance of Willem de Ridder, Jesper James, Billy Sugar, Susan Janssen, Lynne Tillman, Fatima Ingram and others.
  • Suck was conceived in the summer of 1969 by Bill Daley, Jim Haynes, William Levy and Germaine Greer, who decided to create "a new revolutionary sex-publication." The first issue outraged political, religious and police authorities, especially in Great Britain, where the Special Branch closed the Postbox address and raided the Arts Lab, Suck's publication office, in Drury Lane, London.
  • Germaine Greer announced the paper's purpose as the creation of a new pornography which would demystify male and female bodies. The conflict between these aims and her feminist critique of male oppression culminated in her resignation from Suck, triggered by the publication in issue no. 7 of an explicit nude photograph of her, rather than the nude photos of all the editors, as had been agreed. In the following, final, issue, Greer's letter of resignation expressed her outrage, accusing the paper of adopting a counter-revolutionary mentality.
  • Suck's list of contributing writers, photographers, illustrators, and artists included a mixture of counterculture, politically radical, avant-garde, and mainstream cultural notables: W. H. Auden, Suzanne Brogger, H. Rap Brown (Jamil Al-Amin), Gunther Brus, William S. Burroughs, Tom Clark, Robert Crumb, Michael McClure, Otto Muehl, Harold Norse, Valarie Solanas, Jean Stapleton, Alexander Trocchi (a translation of Apollinaire), S. Clay Wilson, Georges Wolinski, the editors and many others.
  • Photographers included Anna Beeke, E. F. Bouwman, Bill Daley, Ed van der Elsken, Gabi Naseman, Gerlinde Prejawa, Nigel Waymouth, Ralf-Rainer Rygulla, Ron Reid and others.
  • Correspondents included Sinclaire Beiles, Barbet Schroeder, Richard Neville, Felix de Mendelssohn, Urban Gwerder and Caroline Coon.
  • Advertisers included It, Time Out, Oz, Rolling Stone, Giorno Poetry Systems, the Sexual Freedom League and Other Scenes, along with numerous personals.
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Call Number
Berg Coll+++ Counterculture S83 1969
Suck : the first European sex magazine.
London : BCM/Joy Publications, 1969-1974.
Restricted access; request permission in holding division.
Local Note
Berg Collection copy issue no. 2 bears the ownership name of the graphic artist Fred C. Bergisch.
Berg Collection copy issue no. 5 complete with comic supplement.
Berg Collection has both first and second printing of issue no. 6 ("Special Family Issue"), the second of which was printed with minor changes, on glossy paper, in a slightly reduced format.
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Added Author
Al-Amin, Jamil, 1943- Contributor
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973. Contributor
Beeke, Anna. Photographer
Bouwman, E.F. Photographer
Brøgger, Suzanne. Contributor
Brus, Günter. Artist
Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997. Contributor
Clark, Tom, 1941- Contributor
Clay, Mel. Contributor
Crumb, R. Artist
Daley, Bill. Photographer
Ridder, Willem de. Editor
Elsken, Ed van der. Photographer
Gordon, Ginger. Photographer
Greer, Germaine, 1939- Contributor
Greer, Germaine, 1939- Editor
Gysin, Brion. Contributor
Haynes, Jim, 1933-2021. Contributor
Haynes, Jim, 1933-2021. Editor
Levy, William. Contributor
Levy, William. Editor
McClure, Michael. Contributor
Mühl, Otto. Contributor
Naseman, Gabi. Photographer
Solanas, Valerie. Contributor
Tillman, Lynne. Contributor
Trocchi, Alexander, 1925-1984. Translator
Williams, Heathcote. Contributor
Williams, Heathcote. Editor
Wilson, S. Clay, 1941-2021. Contributor
Added Title
Virgin sperm dancer.
Research Call Number
Berg Coll+++ Counterculture S83 1969
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