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Childish Childish Burns Books

If you’re going to take somebody else’s design and put it on your own book, even in a slightly comedy way, you can expect a cease and desist and not feel too much aggrieved. Unless you’re Billy Childish, singer and poet, who nicked the Penguin Classic’s design for his own book of poetry ‘The Un-Corrected Billy Childish’ and went a bit mental when they asked him to stop. How mental? Well, he began a meeting in London with some poetry readings (titles include ‘Only Poets Piss in Sinks’) before burning copies of his book, and a Penguin copy of the Communist Manifesto, while the song ‘Fire’ by Arthur Brown was playing. This could be viewed as a clever stunt or petulant reactionary nonsense depending on your point of view.

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