Obelisk

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Obelisk
Issue 1 1961
Cover art by Dave Prosser

Obelisk was a science fiction fanzine by Lenny Kaye.

Published in New Jersey, U.S.A., the first issue appeared in 1961. It was 30 pages. The cover art was by Dave Prosser. Interior art was by Karen Anderson (Alif, The Zed), Juanita Coulson (Yandro), Ken Gentry, Rich Holsinger, Robert Horvath, Ray Nelson, and Nancy Share (Ignatz). Written contributions were by Lenny Kaye, David H. Keller, and Dave Prosser.

The second issue was released in March 1962, and was 32 pages. The cover art was by Juanita Coulson. Interior art was by Jerry Burge (Si-Fan), Gary Deindorfer, Ken Gentry, Rich Holsinger, Lenny Kaye, Bill Rotsler, Richard Schultz (En Garde), Bhob Stewart, and Bjo Trimble (Pas-Tell). Contributions of writing came from Alan Dodd (Camber), Joel Glass, Dave Hulan (Pelf), Lenny Kaye, and Burkhard Ziegart. Poetry was by E.E. Evers and Les Gerber (Minac).

Issue 3 was also published in 1962, and was 24 pages. Contributions of writing were from Ella Parker (Orion, Compact, Parker's Peregrinations). In their review, Skyrack # 45 of September 1962, says, "24 page informal anniversary issue featuring Ella Parker on the Harrogate EasterCon. Ah, those were the days."

Kaye also published the titles Sadistic Sphinx, Hieroglyph, and Pharaoh.

In 1972, according to the back cover, he "produced, programmed and annotated" the legendary compilations of garage bands and proto-punks, called Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968. Lenny Kaye went on to play guitar in the Patti Smith Group in the 1970s, one of the first punk bands to emerge from New York City.