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Mechanical Fantasy Box

The Homoerotic Journal of Patrick Cowley

Introduction by Jorge Socarras. Foreword by Theresa McGinley. Preface by Josh Cheon. Illustrations by Gwenaël Rattke.

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Chronicles of sex and disco in ’70s San Francisco, from the revolutionary musician behind “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”

Patrick Cowley (1950–82) was one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in electronic dance music. Born in Buffalo, Cowley moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study music at the City College of San Francisco. By the mid '70s, his synthesizer techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco diva Sylvester, including hits such as "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Cowley created his own brand of peak-time party music known as Hi-NRG, dubbed "the San Francisco Sound." His life was cut short on November 12, 1982, when he died shortly after his 32nd birthday from AIDS-related illness.

Mechanical Fantasy Box is Cowley's homoerotic journal, or, as he called it, "graphic accounts of one man's sex life." The journal begins in 1974 and ends in 1980 on his 30th birthday. It chronicles his slow rise to fame from lighting technician at the City Disco to crafting his ground-breaking 16-minute remix of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" to performing with Sylvester at the SF Opera House. Vivid descriptions are told of cruising in '70s SoMA sex venues, ecstatic highs in Buena Vista Park and composing "pornophonics" in his Castro apartment. For this book, artist Gwenaël Rattke created 25 original illustrations inspired by selected entries, three street maps documenting locations mentioned herein, and four collages of photos, ephemera and notes that Cowley had inserted in the journal. This book shows a very out-front, alive person going through the throes of gay liberation post-Stonewall.


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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

XLR8R

The entries are introspective and show a very out-front, alive person going through the throes of gay liberation.

Fact

Henry Bruce-Jones

Featuring early explorations into funk, ambient and more abstract, psychedelic fare, the tracks selected showcase Cowley at his most experimental.

DJ

Amy Fielding

Dark Entries has overseen a number of reissues from the late producer,... [but] the announcement follows the discovery of 40 reels of unheard music produced by Patrick Cowley in an attic.

Vinyl Factory

Mechanical Fantasy Box features 13 previously unreleased songs and takes its name from Cowley’s intimate journal.

Pitchfork

Evan Minsker

The disco and electronic music icon [Patrick Cowley's] Mechanical Fantasy Box is being released [with] a book collecting his erotic journals.

Pitchfork

Rich Juzwiack

The rare opportunity to hear directly from Cowley... Patrick Cowley’s sex journal is a voraciously readable historical document, a seminal text in every possible manner of the phrase.

New Statesman

Jude Rogers

In its X-rated recollections, [Mechanical Fantasy Box] lays bare how the rise of LGBTQ culture after Stonewall liberated Cowley and many others, enabling new forms of expression, sexually and creatively, of their real identities.

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SOBERSCOVE PRESS

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Pub Date: 9/15/2016
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ONOMATOPEE

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Pub Date: 9/1/2017
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Mechanical Fantasy Box

MECHANICAL FANTASY BOX

Introduction by Jorge Socarras. Foreword by Theresa McGinley. Preface by Josh Cheon. Illustrations by Gwenaël Rattke.

DARK ENTRIES EDITIONS

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Pub Date: 11/26/2019
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Stonewall 50

STONEWALL 50

Edited by Betsy Stepina Zinn. Foreword by Christina Brungardt. Text by Dean Daderko.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON

ISBN: 9781951208004
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Pub Date: 10/29/2019
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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Edited by Roland Bernecker, Ronald Grätz. Text by Irina Bokova, Selmin Çaliskan, Gregory Crane, Lars Eckstein, Dirk Wiemann, Reinhold Ewald.

STEIDL

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Pub Date: 8/28/2018
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LIU HEUNG SHING: A LIFE IN A SEA OF RED

Text by Pi Li, Christopher Phillips, Geoff Raby, Liu Heung Shing.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958295452
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Pub Date: 7/23/2019
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Text by Gean Moreno, George Yudice, Jacob Fabricius, Mark von Schlegell, Rina Carvajal, Stephanie Wakefield.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775745109
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Text by Teju Cole.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958295681
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Pub Date: 4/23/2019
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Text by Rebecca Sampson.

KERBER

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Protest: The Aesthetics of Resistance

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LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

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Pub Date: 6/12/2018
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Edited by Kathryn E. Delmez. Text by Susan H. Edwards, Makeda Djata Best, Deborah Willis.

THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

ISBN: 9780998681771
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Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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DAMIANI

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Pub Date: 3/27/2018
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