Phone Letter to Ralph J. Gleason via Office of John Magnuson June 28, 1965

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dc.creator Bruce, Lenny
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-07T16:14:27Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-07T16:14:27Z
dc.date.created 1965-06-28
dc.identifier.other LB_56
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/33049
dc.description.abstract Presented here is a digital version of a recording of a phone letter by Lenny Bruce, dictated on June 28, 1965, over the phone to an unnamed secretary for John Magnuson at Imagination Inc. in San Francisco (Magnuson produced The Lenny Bruce Performance Film and the animated Thank You Mask Man ). The recording begins with the secretary placing the call to Bruce through an operator. She asks Bruce for contact information for Phil Spector. It is agreed that a copy of the letter that Bruce will dictate be sent to San Francisco Chronicle jazz writer Ralph J. Gleason, but not for publication. Bruce reads from a letter dated May 21, 1965, by attorney Allen Schwartz, who represented Bruce's co-defendants Howard and Ella Solomon in the 1964 New York obscenity trial that resulted in a conviction for Bruce and Howard Solomon (the Café Au Go Go trial). Schwartz tells Bruce about his meeting with New York City License Inspector Herbert S. Ruhe (whose notes taken at a Bruce performance initiated the series of events that led to the trial). Schwartz writes that Ruhe told him that he felt bad about Bruce's conviction but that it was necessary to establish a precedent. Bruce then makes his own comments about what is in the letter. He believes that his next step does not involve obscenity law, but issues of illegal search and seizure that can be tied to the 14th amendment. He feels that the Supreme Court will protect his work. He makes reference to the November 1964 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court that reversed and discharged his obscenity conviction in that state, saying it does him no good because, even after that decision, a Chicago club owner was told by police that if Bruce knock(s) the church at all, he's out. He points out that while he's unable to get work, the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted him in New York, Richard Kuh, is now doing debates at clubs such as the Village Vanguard. He says, Obscenity is a big business. It elects many, many people. He ends the call with some jokes.
dc.description.abstract Full length copies of the recordings are available for use in the department. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University for more information.
dc.description.sponsorship Funded in part by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation®
dc.format.extent 20:41
dc.format.mimetype mp3
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Lenny Bruce Collection
dc.rights Material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
dc.subject.lcsh Bruce, Lenny
dc.subject.lcsh Comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Jewish comedians -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh American wit and humor
dc.subject.lcsh Gleason, Ralph J.
dc.title Phone Letter to Ralph J. Gleason via Office of John Magnuson June 28, 1965
dc.type sound recording
mods.name.lcnaf Bruce, Lenny


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