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Firesign Press Release - 3/20/2013

Three New Firesign Books!

Marching To Shibboleth - book cover
"MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH" IS NOW AVAILABLE!
FIRESIGN PLAYS ARE BACK IN PRINT!
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE

Finally available after over thirty years, MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH collects all the words (and sound effects) to Firesign's favorite audio comedies of the Seventies, including Waiting For the Electrician; How Can You Be In Two Places At Once and Nick Danger, Third Eye; Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers; I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus, and The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra.

MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH reproduces both of Firesign's "Big Books," originally published in 1972 and 1974 by Straight Arrow. Designed by Jon Goodchild and Richard Silverstein, the texts are full of photographs, collages and weirdly cool typography typical of High Seventies Style. Phil Proctor edited the visuals and David Ossman the album transcripts for Firesign. Alan Rinzler was editor for Straight Arrow.

Both books have been collectors' items for many years. Collecting both under one cover 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 and Nick Danger, Third Eye has become the classic send-up of both the "noir" detective story and Golden Age radio.

Introduction written by author, music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus.

  • UPDATE - 4/10/2013: WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR THE LIMITED HARDBOUND EDITION. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PLACED AN ORDER!
  • PRE-ORDERS FOR THE PAPERBACK EDITION CAN NOW BE PLACED IN THE FIRESALE STORE.

Available now through The Firesale Store


Exorcism In Your Daily Life - book cover
EXORCISM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
PSYCHEDELIC FIRESIGN @ MAGIC MUSHROOM - 1967
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE

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
  • Available now through The Firesale Store


Profiles In Barbeque Sauce - book cover
PROFILES IN BARBEQUE SAUCE
MORE STONER COMEDY FROM THE FIRESIGN THEATRE
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE

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
  • Available now through The Firesale Store


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