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Firesign Books

MarchingToShibboleth   FIRESIGN THEATRE:
Marching To Shibboleth: The Collected Plays of the Firesign Theatre
Paperback Edition


Finally available after over thirty years, MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH collects all the words (and sound effects) to Firesign's classic audio comedies of the Seventies, including:

MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH reproduces both of Firesign's Big Books, originally published in 1972 and 1974 by Straight Arrow. Packed with photos, explanatory prefaces, collages, and the weirdly cool typography typical of High Seventies Style, these must-have script collections at one stroke put to rest any question of just what these guys were saying on all those records and stoked new, unending arguments about just What It All Meant (and simultaneously deployed a hysterical, historical motherlode of theatrical lore guaranteed to trump anyone at a Booth or Barrymore family picnic).

Out of print for at least three decades, both books have been rebuilt from the ground up using original source materials to exactly match the original layouts. Collected under one cover, MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH puts the best known Firesign works together for the first time and provides readers with the unique word-for-word wordplay which was often confusing - er, confused with that of James Joyce during Firesign's heyday.

The four major titles - Electrician, How Can You Be, Dwarf and Bozos - collectively present Firesign's prescient look at technology, the media, American history and paranoia (especially in the classic "Beat The Reaper!" gameshow.) The Giant Rat is their tribute to British "Goon Show" humor; Nick Danger, Third Eye has become the classic send-up of both the "noir" detective story and Golden Age radio; and Everything You Know Is Wrong mashes up every New-Age trope of the Seventies in an always-timely reminder of what happens when gurus come in the front door and critical thinking goes out the window.

Features a new introduction by author, music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus.

  • PAPERBACK EDITION AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE


$35.00    Click to order direct from FIRESALE
(Please note: price is $40 for International orders.)



ExorcismInYourDailyLife   FIRESIGN THEATRE:
Exorcism In Your Daily Life
The Psychedelic Firesign Theatre at The Magic Mushroom, 1967
Paperback Edition


The Firesign Theatre began their long comedy career in 1966 as radio satirists, based in Los Angeles. Before their debut LP Waiting For The Electrician or Someone Like Him appeared, Firesign began performing together live over the newly-hippified KRLA-AM.

Direct from their sold-out broadcast performances in late 1967 at The Magic Mushroom, a popular rock club in Studio City, EXORCISM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE presents ten surreal classics in which the Four Firesign undertake to play dozens of characters in stoned variations on prison escape movies, whaling sagas, jungle adventures, Roman epics, Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Ali Baba along with "educational" films and a day in the life of your TV set. Tokes and jokes take the four or five crazy guys a little higher by the end of every show. Some said Firesign itself was a new psychedelic drug!

Contains these never-before-published scripts:

  • Exorcism and Your Daily Life
  • The Séance
  • The Last Tunnel to Fresno
  • Twenty Years Behind The Whale
  • By The Light of the Silvery
  • The Sword and the Stoned
  • Sesame Mucho
  • The Armenian's Paw
  • Tile It Like It Is
  • A Life In The Day



$19.95    Book available from the Bear Manor Media online store


ProfilesInBarbequeSauce   FIRESIGN THEATRE:
Profiles In Barbeque Sauce
More Stoner Comedy From The Firesign Theatre
Paperback Edition


PROFILES IN BARBEQUE SAUCE brings together sixteen of the Firesign Theatre's stage, recording and broadcast performance scripts from the earliest years of their long collaboration. From 1967, the Summer of the Love-In, to the Not Insane! Martian Space Party of 1972, Firesign performed on stage at small clubs and large venue benefit concerts, over AM and FM radio and on the road.

PROFILES collects the group's timely political satire along with the most surreal, psychedelic and politically incorrect humor from the classic high times of the "Beatles of Comedy."

Contains the following scripts, most coming to print for the very first time:

  • International Youth On Parade
  • Temporarily Humboldt County
  • W. C. Fields Forever
  • 38 Cunegonde
  • A Shadow Moves Upon A Land
  • Freek for a Week
  • Profiles in Barbeque Sauce
  • Thanksgiving, or Pass The Indian Please!
  • The Fuse of Doom
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...nd Of The World
  • The TV Set
  • Mutt 'n' Smutt
  • The Dr. Blojob Show
  • The Ash Grove Encore
  • The Bob Sideburn News
  • The Martian Space Party



$19.95    Book available from the Bear Manor Media online store


Anythynge-TheBook   FIRESIGN THEATRE:
Anythynge You Want To: Shakespeare's Lost Comedie
Paperback Edition


More than just a rousing send-up of Shakespeare, ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO is a full-length theatrical entertainment, written and re-written continually throughout The Firesign Theatre's long performing career. This volume collects every iambic double entendre and silly soliloquy into a surreal comedy opus, complete with Firesign's "scholarly" introduction, tongue-in-cheek footnotes, diagrams, and even recipes!

Firesign has infused the classic Shakespearian scenes of hurricanes at sea, witches capering about a cooking pot, apparitions on the battlements, graveyard passion and mortal combat in ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO with their notoriously twisted political and social humor - a devastating oil spill, alchemical terrorism, sleezy politics and Hollywood shenanigans are all part of the laughs.

As Firesign tells it, the legendary writing/acting quartet has been around, writing and performing plays since 1600 when they collaborated with the Bard on ANYTHYNGE before taking their act on the road to the New World. Reborn in the Old West as "Dr. Firesign's Theatre of the Plains," these fighting clowns have since worn many disguises and had countless high adventures on stage, in movies and over the radio.

The tales told here fill in the comic mythology of Firesign's most popular recorded worlds, connecting Nick Danger and George Tirebiter to Hemlock Stones, The Electrician, and "Everything You Know is Wrong." Bonus scripts include 1967's radio saga "The Armenian's Paw" and an early club-act favorite, "Waiting for The Mount of County Crisco."

Filled with photographs from performances, along with graphics by Bruce Litz, ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO is truly Firesign's major work of high comedy.

(Also of note: the companion Anythynge You Want To CD, available here in the Firesale store!)



$24.95    Book available from the Bear Manor Media online store


Marshmallows+Despair   David Ossman
Marshmallows & Despair


Marshmallows & Despair is David Ossman's shocking, awesome, poetic coverage of 21st Century War and Politics, tales of neo-noir nights in strange places, poems of aging, dying, and seeking refuge. This definitive collection celebrates Ossman’s 79th birthday and features a captivating cast that includes Beat St. Jack, Banana Clip Republicans, Funny Skydivers, as well as an Elegy to Rock Snot. You’ll be sold on Presidential Butts In Butter, exposed to Heisenberg at Holmes Harbor, visit the House of Garden Gnomes, and celebrate the Tulku’s Birthday. Enjoy a healthy dose of Ossman's Firesign humor matched with his own outrage, anguish and hope.

Additional details can be found here. Autographed copies are available WHILE THEY LAST!!

$25.00 ($40.00 International)    Book available directly from davidossman.com


DrFiresignsFollies   David Ossman
Dr. Firesign's Follies


Dr. Firesign's Follies combines Ossman's insights on the Art of Radio and the creation of Firesign's audio oeuvre with his scandal-filled account of a tumultuous year as Surrealist Party candidate for U.S. Vice President. Included in the book is material from "The Firesign Theatre: An Intimate Geography, Essays by David Ossman 1972-1998" (his self-published book from 2000, long out of print). The radio play scripts in the book feature many of Ossman's favorite comedy characters - George Tirebiter, Ben Bland, Peggy Koolzip, Beat St. Jack, Maxwell Morgan and Mark Time.

Additional details can be found here.

$19.95    Book available from the Bear Manor Media online store


RonaldReaganMurderCase   David Ossman
Ronald Reagan Murder Case


This comedy/mystery novel, set in Malibu, Mulholland and Musso's and in CBS Radio's Studio A during the Golden Age of Radio, introduces George Tirebiter (then a 25-year-old comedy star) in his first "celebrity detective" role. The book is illustrated with archival photos of the major characters and contains a Tirebiter filmography and David Ossman's memoir of his long friendship with Tirebiter, one of his personal Radio Heros. For readers who can't get enough of George, the opening chapters of Tirebiter's next mystery, "The Flying Saucer Murder Case," are included as a preview of his future adventures.

Additional details can be found here.

$19.95    Book available from the Bear Manor Media online store


DukeOfMadnessMotors   Firesign Theatre
Duke Of Madness Motors:
The Complete "Dear Friends" Radio Era 1970-1972
Paperback Book + DVD-Rom Disc


NEW! It's been such a long exposition, you know. Countless hours spent poring through the personal archives of Firesign group members and devoted fans alike. Fragile, aging reel-to-reel tapes handled with great care and transferred to digital media for restoration. Information and images gathered, processed and refined. Interviews conducted, transcribed and edited. The whole enchilada cubed, reheated, inspected, injected, detected, filtered, digitized, edited and assembled to perfection.

Yes, thanks to the tireless efforts of official Firesign archivist Taylor Jessen, we are proud to present, for the first time anywhere, the complete, mammoth, authoritatively definitive and totally awesome Duke of Madness Motors: The Complete "Dear Friends" Radio Era 1970-1972 book and DVD-ROM combo pack.

The DVD-ROM disc contains high-resolution MP3 audio files of every Firesign radio broadcast from their three series of the early 1970's:
  • The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour Hour (24 episodes)
  • Dear Friends (21 episodes) and
  • Let's Eat (12 episodes)
...ending with their big final blockbuster, Martian Space Party. A total of 58 shows in all, 80 hours of audio, on a single DVD-ROM disc. Each broadcast is completely restored and remastered for your protection. There's also the syndicated versions of the Dear Friends and Let's Eat episodes, and a handful of additional goodies and surprises from the vaults.

The full color 108-page 7"x10" book contains:
  • Complete rundowns of every broadcast
  • A lengthy and thorough historical/hysterical essay on the troupe
  • New intereviews with each Firesign group member
  • Interviews with long-time Firesign associates, producer Bill McIntyre and engineer The Live Earl Jive
  • Collages by Phil Proctor
  • Vintage found objects, original scripts and more
This is indeed the cultural landslide of a lifetime, more pure unadulterated Firesign than has ever been available in a single package. You'll revel in the lightning-fast word play, bon mots, sparkling repartee, inside jokes, jokey insights, non-sequitors, surreal flights of fancy, bizarre sound effects, social studies, poetic justice, and downright jaw dropping serendipitous synchronicity that this landmark institution of comedy managed to pull off from out of left field in a mere two-year period. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to own and experience this cornucopia of creamy Firesign goodness.

$45.00    Click to order direct from FIRESALE
(Please note: price is $50 for International orders.)




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