Cleveland, OH: Neo Rubber Band, 1978. First Edition, First Printing. Wraps. 12mo. Red leatherette wraps. Mimeographed pages. Many illustrations and collages throughout. 280 pp.
Covers are quite worn. Large vertical crease on both covers. Scuffing to all edges, with the leatherette chipped away at corners. 3/4" circular stain on front cover, bottom left. Dark scuff on bottom block edge. Interior is excellent, with only a crease on p. -11.
Note that the pages are bound unusually far into the margin, which makes the book feel as if it can only be opened about 3/4 of the way (which accounts for the creases on covers). This is a binding error on the part of the printer (which is to say, Mothersbaugh) that was corrected in later printings, indicating that this copy was put together very early in the process.
This is a very scarce first printing of Mark Mothersbaugh's My Struggle, a satirical "little red book" written in-character as Devo's mascot, Booji Boy. The book was written, illustrated, collaged, printed, bound, and self-published by Mothersbaugh and an associate ("RJS").
There are several variant bindings of the first printing which indicate (confusingly) both the printing order and which person bound that copy. According to an excerpt by "RJS" from the fan website Devo Obsesso:
“The first edition had both red & yellow leatherette covers because i ran out of the red, which was the original plan. I printed the pages 4 up on 81/2 x 11 paper on my multilith 850 and used a borrowed paper cutter to quarter them....i delivered half of the printing of 700 copies unassembled to Mark; the ones I did were put together with beehive frame nails bent over, which i assembled...i dont know how Mark assembed his half of the first printing... A substantial number of the ones i assembled have a red ribbon glued into the spine, to be used like a prayerbook marker.” This seems to be one of the Mothersbaugh copies, as it lacks the beehive nails and prayer ribbon. Later reprints, which are also quite scarce, have the title stamped on the cover, and some have an additional intro page and a "This Book Belongs To" stamp, none of which are present in this copy.
Overall, a very scarce early printing of a very scarce book in a sadly battered exterior. Highly collectible for Devo fans or collectors of alternative music memorabilia. Good +. Item #33