Roaring Fork Press

Roaring Fork Press

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Roaring Fork Press published Aspen, a multimedia magazine of the arts published by Phyllis Johnson from 1965 to 1971. Each issue came in a customized box filled with booklets, phonograph recordings, posters, postcards — one issue even included a spool of Super-8 movie film. It's all here.

Phyllis Johnson, a former editor for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age got the idea for a multimedia magazine, designed by artists, that would showcase “culture along with play.” So in the winter of 1965, she published her first issue. “We wanted to get away from the bound magazine format, which is really quite restrictive,” said Johnson.

Each issue had a new designer and editor. “Aspen,” Johnson said, “should be a time capsule of a certain period, point of view, or person.” The subject matter of issue number 1 and issue number 2 stayed close to the magazine's namesake ski spa, with features on Aspen's film and music festivals, skiing, mountain wildlife, and local architecture. Andy Warhol and David Dalton broke that mold with issue number 3, the superb Pop Art issue, devoted to New York art and counterculture scenes. Quentin Fiore designed issue number 4, a McLuhanesque look at our media-made society. The next issue, a double issue number 5+6, was an imaginative, wide-ranging look at conceptual art, minimalist art, and postmodern critical theory. Issue number 6A, a freebie sent to ever-patient subscribers, was a review of the performance art scene centered at New York's Judson Gallery. Next came issue number 7, exploring new voices in British arts and culture. Issue number 8, designed by George Maciunas and edited by Dan Graham, was dominated by artists of the Fluxus group. Issue number 9 plumbed the art and literature of the psychedelic drug movement. The last Aspen, issue number 10, was devoted to Asian art and philosophy.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
3 White Wind / Loop  album cover Peter Walker (4) / The Velvet Underground Peter Walker (4) / The Velvet Underground - White Wind / Loop(Flexi, 7", Mono) Roaring Fork Press 3 US 1966 Sell This Version
4 Gordon Mumma / Mario Davidovsky Gordon Mumma / Mario Davidovsky - Horn / In Memoriam Edgar Varèse(Flexi, 8") Roaring Fork Press 4 US Unknown Sell This Version
7 Reads "New Numbers" / Three Songs For Surrealists  album cover Christopher Logue / John Tavener, John Lennon, Yoko Ono Christopher Logue / John Tavener, John Lennon, Yoko Ono - Reads "New Numbers" / Three Songs For Surrealists(2xFlexi, 8") Roaring Fork Press 7 US 1970 Sell This Version
8 Aspen Magazine No. 8 Fall-Winter  album cover Jackson MacLow* / La Monte Young Jackson MacLow* / La Monte Young - Aspen Magazine No. 8 Fall-Winter(Flexi, 8") Roaring Fork Press 8 US 1970 Sell This Version
9 Dreamweapon: Aspen No 9 Winter Spring  album cover Spontaneous Sound / The Joyous Lake Spontaneous Sound / The Joyous Lake - Dreamweapon: Aspen No 9 Winter Spring(Flexi, 8") Roaring Fork Press 9 US 1970 Sell This Version
5 + 6 Aspen 5 + 6  album cover Various Aspen 5 + 6(5xFlexi, 8", Comp + Box) Roaring Fork Press 5 + 6 US 1967 Sell This Version
NA Preludes, Op. 11 & Tenth Sonata  album cover Alexander Scriabine Preludes, Op. 11 & Tenth Sonata(Flexi) Roaring Fork Press NA US 1966 Sell This Version
none Aspen Magazine Vol. 1, No. 1: Two Sides Of Jazz  album cover The Bill Evans Trio, Yank Lawson, Clancy Hayes, Peanuts Hucko, Lou Stein, Lou McGarrity*, Morey Field The Bill Evans Trio, Yank Lawson, Clancy Hayes, Peanuts Hucko, Lou Stein, Lou McGarrity*, Morey Field - Aspen Magazine Vol. 1, No. 1: Two Sides Of Jazz(Flexi) Roaring Fork Press none US 1965 Sell This Version