Designed by Anthon Beeke, Text by William Levy. Photographs by Ginger Gordon.Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, The Hague, 1972. 72 pp. Folio. (27 x 38 cm). First edition (not to be confused with the 1978 reprint) Stiff illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III. 'Virgin Sperm Dancer' was issued as a special edition of Amsterdam based sex magazine Suck. An iconic document of the sexual revolution and a totally pioneering work of 'gender liberation', it exists at a the unlikely intersection of Pop Art and smutty 'happening'. The story is the "ecstatic journey of a boy transformed into a girl for one day only, and her erotic adventures in Amsterdam, magic centrum."
The writer, William Levy is himself a singular character."Known as the Talmudic Wizard of Amsterdam and Dr. Doo-Wop, is the author of such works as The Virgin Sperm Dancer, Wet Dreams, Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound and Natural Jewboy...William Levy (born January 10, 1939), known as the Talmudic Wizard of Amsterdam and Dr. Doo-Wop, is the author of such works as Wet Dreams, Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound and Natural Jewboy. Before leaving the U.S. in the autumn of 1966 aboard the R.M.S Queen Mary, Mr. Levy attended the University of Maryland and Temple University and taught in the literature department at Shippensburg State College, in Pennsylvania. In the sixties and seventies, he was founder and chief-editor of many magazines such as: The Insect Trust Gazette, International Times, Suck, and The Fanatic. Recently, he served as European Editor for American glossy fanzines High Times and Penthouse Magazine and as an associate editor of Amsterdam zines Het Gewicht, Ins & Outs, La Linea and Atom Club. Mr. Levy has been a regular contributor to Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse and Libido and is currently publisher of Transactions of the Invisible Language Society series. His meditation play Europe in Flames was also featured at the Festival of New Radio in New York. In 1998, Mr. Levy was awarded the Erotic Oscar for writing at London's Sex Maniac's Ball. Mr. Levy's alter-ego, Dr. Doo Wop, can be heard weekly spinning groovy music across Amsterdam's airwaves. Mr. Levy currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife, the literary translator Susan Janssen (translator of many works of Bukowski and of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby"
Near Fine; bump to upper corner; extremities moderately worn.