NY: Cafe Bizarre, ca. 1959.
Single tall sheet folded to make four pages. This version features a cover illustration of a large sinister face to convey the "bizarre" concept of this cafe. The back cover prints a small illustrated map of Greenwich Village bohemian hot spots. The menu includes such items as "Pink Lady Bizarre," "Witches Brew," "Voo-Doo," and "Schizophrenic Sundays." One of the most popular and sensational clubs to capitalize on the beatnik phenomenon, the Cafe Bizarre presented poetry readings, folk music, and "assorted madness" for tourists and genuine bohemians alike. Musitron Records recorded an album there that captured the bongo-beating, finger-snapping beatnik spirit of this venue. In the '60s Andy Warhol discovered the Velvet Underground there billed as "The Velvets." Several tack holes, horizontal center crease, modest sepia staining to top edge only visible inside, very good. (This item will be sent folded using the old crease that is already there.) One of the most desirable menus from the height of the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene.