Lenny Bruce & the Post-War Counterculture

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Melvin Belli & Lenny Bruce's 1962 L.A. trial

Typed correspondence with some holographic notes by Lenny Bruce. Comprises: a) Typed carbon from Bruce to Belli. 24 Nov 1962, 1-page. Bruce has December engagement at the Gate of Horn in Chicago but someone in Belli’s office apparently set the trial on dates that conflict. He is asking Belli to get

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Datum: 13.06.2019

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Lenny Bruce's Kennedy routine during election campaign

5 leaves, on rectos only, with numerous pencil holograph corrections and annotations by Bruce, followed by another copy of the typescript without corrections. 28x20.5 cm (11¼x8"), in blue paper binder. Ruminations on politics, our political and economic system, and JFK during his successful

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Datum: 13.06.2019

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Carbon typescript for Lenny Bruce screenplay

[4], 93 leaves, carbon typescript on rectos only. Plus 13-leaf typed & handwritten budget for the movie. 29x21.5 cm (11½x8¾"), unbound. A thriller, never produced, possibly a collaboration either with photojournalist William Karl Thomas or Hollywood Ten screen writer Alvah Bessie (whose annotated

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Datum: 13.06.2019

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Transcripts for Lenny Bruce breakout performances, 1958

59 pages on leaves typed on rectos only, comprising 17 pages for June 13, 1958 routine; 21 pages for October 7, 1958 show; 21 pages for October 25th, 1958 show, and several short routines. about a third of the pages with Bruce’s holographic corrections and notations. 28x20.5 cm (11x8½"), binder with

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Datum: 13.06.2019

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Copies of Lenny Bruce letters with rare content

12 pp. total. 3-page draft letter from Bruce to an unknown recipient explaining why Bruce voted for John F. Kennedy. 2-page letter from Bruce to Max, Sol, and Saul [Fantasy Records] about possibly breaking their contract. Sept 12, 1960. 7-page reply to a club owner who read a critic’s review in

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Love letter to Lenny Bruce

Autograph letter, signed Lynn, 2 pp., on rectos of 2 sheets of writing paper. Handwritten love note to Lenny Bruce when he was a patient at Cedars of Lebanon hospital in Los Angeles. Bruce was flown there from San Francisco after he fell [or jumped] from the second floor of a North Beach hotel

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Letter to Lenny Bruce from a fan

Autograph letter, in ink, signed with initials. A one-page holographic letter and mock basketball ticket - from a fan who caught Bruce’s act in Baltimore in February 1961. Probably retained by Bruce because it skillfully satirizes his act. “I thought you might be interested in a basketball game we

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Significant performances by Lenny Bruce

Letters, invoices, etc., relating to significant performances by Bruce. Includes: a) 440 Club [San Francisco]: two typed invoices from Bruce’s management agency for his April-May 1958 engagement at the 440 Club in North Beach -- this was Bruce’s breakout SF performance. Jazz/rock critic Ralph J

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Birthday poem to Lenny Bruce

One page, in ink, signed Sheila. “What does he look like this man on the hill / with his books of justice and his plastic reels

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Letter to Lenny Bruce c.1961

Typed letter, 2 pages on 2 leaves, stapled. Provocative letter referring at various passages to "Campbell's Hallucogenic Mushroom Soup," filming a group-improvised orgy, "Slavery Riders," etc., and noting that Bruce "may be making an impact on comedy parallel to the impact of Charlie Parker on

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Lenny Bruce buys a drum set

Pink NCR purchase receipt, signed by Bruce in blue ink at the bottom. 28x21.5 cm (11x8½"). Purchase contract for a Gretsch drum set, for $338.52 (on which Bruce paid $34.52 down) - Bruce lists his marital status as single (he was divorced in 1959), perhaps the purchase was in celebration of being

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Agreement for Lenny Bruce concerts in 1964

Typed 1 page agreement for three concerts in May 1964 in Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit. Signed by Friedman but not signed by Bruce. At the top of the letter, Bruce has lined out J.Z.Z. Productions and written in blue ink “I want deal between me & Don”, returning it with a copy of his 1959

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Lenny Bruce writes to heroin-bust cops

Typed carbon, unsigned retained file copy. 11x8½". Undated but probably Spring 1963 as trial approached. From the outset, Bruce contended that he had been framed and that the heroin reputed to belong to him was planted by one of the officers, Sgt. John White. Lenny rants as only he can do, largely

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Lenny Bruce writes to his Heroin trial lawyer

Handwritten notes, in pencil, comprising text and instructions to his secretary Jan Matthews for a letter to his attorney. The notes are 8 pp. on both sides of 3 sheets of notepaper and one cocktail napkin. Present is the retained carbon copy of the letter Matthews typed from the notes and sent to

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Lenny Bruce's 1963 drug conviction

Vintage photocopy of a letter to Judge Landis with approximately 100 pages of photocopied excerpts from court transcripts and exhibits with Bruce’s holographic annotations [annotations here are in the photocopied document; not original annotations]. 36x22 cm (14¼x8½"), held together with binding

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Lenny Bruce describes manufacture of Heroin

One page. Typed carbon retained file copy, unsigned. Important letter discussing manufacture of heroin. From Bruce to Isabella ‘Lady’ Frankau, a British psychiatrist who specialized in alcohol and drug addiction. “I was arrested for possession of Heroin… If I can prove it wasn’t Heroin then I can

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Letter from Lenny Bruce to LBJ about amphetamines.

Typed letter, with numerous interlinear corrections and additions, most secretarial but some in Bruce's hand. 4 pp. Unsigned. 28x21.5 cm (11x8½"). Fascinating, unrecorded and previously unknown letter from Lenny Bruce to United States President Lyndon B. Johnson, decrying the pending senatorial

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Notes by Lenny Bruce about various legal matters

Mostly scattered notes, on various scraps of paper and manila folder. Ink, pencil, & felt pen. One of the lengthier pieces: “Dear Dr. Blatt… Witness stand performing is not your forte. Unless you wish to attain the… Hearstian Heights of colleages Dr Shepard, Dr Fisch and infin. If this is your

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Lenny Bruce to play London

Two typed & signed letters from Nick Louard to Lenny Bruce, plus two handwritten drafts by Bruce of responses, one with a typed retained carbon. Comprises: Louard-Bruce -1 Sept 62: “All well here. Fagots [sic], jews, fascists, negros, Europeans, and other friends of Peter Cook flock in nightly. Your

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Letter to Lenny Bruce from his mother

Autograph letter signed, one page, on sheet of yellow lined paper. The purpose of the letter is to transmit an invoice from a press clipping service and enclosing a prepared check for Bruce to sign and mail. Bruce has voided the check and written in ink “Would you Please advise the People that I

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Lenny Bruce busted in Philadelphia

104 pp. Vintage photocopy but with several inked annotations by Bruce and others. Transcript for what appears to be a preliminary hearing following Lenny Bruce's arrest in his hotel room in Philadelphia on September 29, 1961. It concludes with Bruce being held over on $1500 bail

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Newslippings covering Lenny Bruce's career

Housed in a black binder. About half are original tear-sheets and newspaper clippings; the other half are vintage photostats or photocopies from Bruce’s office files

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Lenny Bruce's night club bookings

Printed, typed, and typed carbons. Includes: Theater Productions 25 Nov 59 [Initialed by Bruce in blue ink] Village Vanguard 12 Apr 1960 Fack’s II [San Francisco] 3 Mar 1960 Hungry I [SF] 12 Feb 60 Arnie Rogoff Prods Spring 1960 El Patio Club - Miami Beach 9 Jan - Feb 61 Music Fair - Toronto 8 July

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Lenny Bruce's notes for obscenity trial

Approximately 25 leaves, most written on rectos only, in red or orange felt pen. Plus an additional 11 pages in black felt pen of what appears to be the first draft of a legal appeal; these latter appear to be in a secretarial hand. In original vintage green canvas binder approx. 11¾x10"). The notes

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Lenny Bruce pleas to defend self at obscenity trial

13 leaves, mimeographed typescript on rectos only. Retained file copy, unsigned. 28x21.5 cm (11x8½"), stapled. Related to his April 1964 arrest at the Café Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, and subsequent trial for obscenity. Bruce writes to Judge John Murtagh, Presiding Magistrate of the New York

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Lenny Bruce appeals 1963 obscenity conviction

Approximately a dozen vintage photocopies of exhibits and approximately 140 mimeographed pages consisting of a draft of the appeal followed by excerpts from transcripts, affidavits, and exhibits. In a black binder labeled “L.A. Obscenity Appeal”. 38x24 cm (15x9½"). Great content, but clearly not

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Lenny Bruce busted for obscenity in Greenwich Village

Approximately 350 pages in all, some with annotations in Bruce’s hand. Housed in a banker's box. Important and extensive documentation of this significant trial. Includes: 104-page typed transcript for the July 1, 1964 day of trial with the complete testimony of Dorothy Kilgallen, the nationally

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Memos for Lenny Bruce's LA obscenity trial 1962

Each 6x4", one with pencil ms. draft by Bruce with his instructions to Matthews attached. Unsigned carbon file copies. Comprises: A) To Variety Magazine: “Please place the following ad as soon as possible: … Wanted: Person with long beard that speaks Yiddish fluently to act as expert witness in

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Lenny Bruce doodle on note from Olympia Press

Typed noted, signed illegibly. 11 lines. The note regards returning to Bruce a copy of his trial transcript, with a small inked doodle by Bruce at bottom. The typed note reads in part, “I am quite mad that you didn’t answer my letter nicely and of course I realize you are a very difficult man to

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Lenny Bruce's copy of New York penal law

505, 70 (index) pp. 26.7x22 cm (10½x8¾"), printed wrappers, inside an attached manila folder labeled "Penal Law" on front, additional pencil notes by Bruce on back. Bruce’s personal copy of the New York state lawbook “Penal Law” -- undoubtedly used by him for research -- with a couple of small

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Datum: 13.06.2019