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Wet : the magazine of gourmet bathing;

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Wet : the magazine of gourmet bathing; library has: v​ol. 1, no. 3 (Oct.-Nov. 1976); vol. 1, no, 4 (Dec. 1976-Jan. 1977); vol. 1, no. 6 (Ap.-May 1977); vol. 2, no. 6 (May-June 1978); vol. 3, no. 2 (Sep.-Oct. 1978); vol. 4, no. 3 (Nov.-Dec. 1979); vol. 4, no. 4 (Jan.-Feb. 1980) ; vol. 5, no. 1 (July-Aug. 1980); vol. 5, no. 6 (Mar.-Ap. 1981).
Publication
Venice, Calif. : 1976-1981

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9 vols. : illustrations; 28x22 - 35x27 cm
Series Statement
Wet
Uniform Title
Wet.
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  • Vol. 1, no. 3, includes articles on drinking water, bottled waters, and Beauty and the Biozone; vol. 1, no. 4, includes a calendar for 1977, with each month represented by a naked young woman in a bathtub, and a piece by artist Edward Ruscha on his and his girlfriend’s bathroom habits; vol. 1, no. 6, includes articles on baby bathing and on detoxification; vol. 2, no. 6, includes articles on surfing, 1950s nudism in the U.S., and a history of seltzer water; vol. 3, no. 2 contains an interview with Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller), the guitarist and lead singer of the New York band Television and then a solo performer; vol. 4, no. 3, has a front wrapper with a color photograph of actress Sissy Spacek in right profile, the reproduction of a serigraph by John Van Hamersveld, and a feature article on language as a virus; vol. 5, no. 1, contains an article by Henry Miller On Turning Eighty; vol. 5, no. 6, contains numerous photos by Helmut Newton of nude, fetishized women (with his commentary), an article on Scientology’s detoxification program, an account of performance art necrophilia, and an unattributed portrait photograph of john Lennon, probably by Newton.
  • Each volume staple-bound in photographic wrappers.
  • Wet evolved from a Southern Californian zine into a cult publication with thousands of subscribers, featuring innovative bathing practices, art, architecture, new Wave and punk music, the birth of postmodern fashion, surfing and skateboarding. The magazine ran for 34 issues from 1976-1981; hypothesizing that everyone bathes differently, WET encouraged ‘gourmet bathing’ -- the recovery of excess, pleasure, eroticism, and absurdity through the specificity of the naked body and the creation of new and spontaneous bathing environments. Impressive for its innovative use of graphic art, it also became home to early cartoons of Matt Groening and photographs from a then up-and-coming Matthew Rolston.From Royal Books (bookseller) description.
  • With occasional contributions by Paul Bowles.
  • Founded and published by architect and book designer Leonard Koren.
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Call Number
Berg Coll m.b. Counterculture W48 1976
OCLC
949705622
Title
Wet : the magazine of gourmet bathing; library has: v​ol. 1, no. 3 (Oct.-Nov. 1976); vol. 1, no, 4 (Dec. 1976-Jan. 1977); vol. 1, no. 6 (Ap.-May 1977); vol. 2, no. 6 (May-June 1978); vol. 3, no. 2 (Sep.-Oct. 1978); vol. 4, no. 3 (Nov.-Dec. 1979); vol. 4, no. 4 (Jan.-Feb. 1980) ; vol. 5, no. 1 (July-Aug. 1980); vol. 5, no. 6 (Mar.-Ap. 1981).
Imprint
Venice, Calif. : 1976-1981
Series
Wet
Wet.
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Koren, Leonard, 1948- pub
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Contributor
Newton, Helmut, 1920-2004. Contributor
Newton, Helmut, 1920-2004. Photographer
Ruscha, Edward. Contributor
Van Hamersveld, John. Artist
Verlaine, Tom. Interviewee
Research Call Number
Berg Coll m.b. Counterculture W48 1976
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