The Cherotic Revolutionary #5
May 1995

(TC(r)#5) "is wild!"
Arlene Raven, journalist


(TC(r)#5) "looks super. Thanks for the plugs. It's a lot of work, your mag. Hope it gives you lots in return."
Annie Sprinkle, artist



"Frank Moore means so much to so many people: he's a writer, an artist, a performance artist, a lecturer, a producer, a director, an intellectual, an inspiration - and more. But Frank would prefer his zine not be classified primarily as a sex 'zine: 'We do have a lot of sex in us, but we really are an anarchist/ arts/ avant garde/ experimental/ art/ beat/ cartoons/ community/ counter-culture/ alternatives/ culture/ dada/ surrealism/ erotica/ essays/ ethics/ feminism/ fiction/ gay/ humanism/ humor/ interview/ lesbianism/ libertarian/ literature(general)/ magic/ nonfiction/ philosophy/ photography/ poetry/ prose/ psychology/ satire/ sex/ short stories/ spiritual zine ... or a life on the edge zine ... for short.' Frank always has a statement to make. The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary is Frank's platform for speaking out. In this issue, Frank presents an exquisite rant 'In Defense of Bad Art', that is, the right of Berkeley performance artists, known as the X-plicit Players, to be fully protected under the Bill of Rights as a theatrical group instead of being arrested for public nudity. In 'Conversation Between Two Muckrakers', Frank conducts a no-holds barred interview with Paul Krassner, founder of The Realist. (Krassner: '... In the 60's the underground press, like the zines now, were a form of personal revolution as opposed to the alternative papers, which are just a good career move ...') And lots more."
EIDOS magazine Vol 8 #3



"If a zine could be a performance art piece, Cherotic is it. What a wild, crazy smorgasbord of mind-blowing sensory assault. And it's all tied together through the 'shamanistic', erotic, electrified art of Frank Moore. In the future, when we look back at the 90s, wondering where the freaky culture came from, Cherotic and Moore will be a couple of its heros."
Sticky Green, The Sinner's Bible


"Frank Moore is an interesting guy. For the last twenty years, he has been doing controversial performance art that is extremely political and sexual in nature. Frank claims that he is able to get away with more because he is handicapped. Frank is wheelchair-bound and communicates by pointing at symbols on a board. He is probably sick to death of articles that explain all this, but it is an important part of the Frank Moore persona. In addition to his performance art, Frank is the soul behind the beautifully-crafted The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary. There are many intricate little drawings tucked into every corner and surrounding every photo. It must have taken hours to do each page .... This publication does a nice job of representing Moore's ideas and work. He isn't interested in lewd, degrading art. Instead, he is interested in creating a heightened awareness of the human body, the self, and society."
Mike Hovancsek, You Could Do Worse #5, Autumn 1995



"Before we start our review of TCR#5, let us mention that TCR #'s 1 through 4 are still available. They are genuine collectors' items .... We anxiously waited for TCR issue #5 and we were very glad when it ultimately landed in our mailbox. The front cover gives you a good idea of what The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary is all about: 'WARNING-Enter at your own risk! This piece may be threatening to your everyday reality. This piece may cause questioning of the common morality. These symptoms may appear days after this piece without warning ... even if during the piece, you may feel as if nothing is happening ... or you may even enjoy it. BUT above symptoms may still appear, leading to restlessness, and even to radical change.' The people at Inter-Relations are working for 'radical' change in society. The way we (we being the editor of OPEN FORUM) see it is that if an individual would experiment and explore going beyond the artificial boundaries, 'over the edge' as they say at TCR, imposed on us by an unwell society, society would see positive radical change. The change would happen because one individual who has broken his emotional and psychological chains would act as a conduit to others to do the same - similar to a chain-reaction. This idea of inter-connectedness runs throughout the teachings of Frank Moore and also appears in the artwork of LaBash (whose splendid work appears in all the TCRs). In issue #5 of TCR there is lots of stuff to entertain while simultaneously making you think - reading TCR is definitely a learning experience! Some of the things you'll find are: an editorial by Frank; an interview with Paul Krassner which covers everything from sex to politics; some letters from readers, one, which brought tears to our eyes, is from a young woman from Moscow who is yearning to create alternate realities for herself; a review by Frank of Annie Sprinkle's one-person show 'Post Post Modernist', Frank digs deep and although positive about Annie's performance, points out, ' ... one of the powerful characteristics of the original goddess has always been an unlimited inclusiveness. This is also true of Annie personally, and it radiates from her show. But both the original goddess and Annie are being misused, distorted, by the forces of exclusion as an excuse and a justification of elitism, separatism, discrimination, fear, and isolation. These forces of exclusion are the main cause of today's world conflict ...'; and a presentation of our friend Peter Riden of The Grand Barn, a meeting place in Canada for open-minded and tolerant individuals, who are 'at ease with nudity'. Also appearing are a myriad of poems, essays and photos. Some are erotic, some are not, and others are social commentary. To conclude we want to comment on something that Frank mentions in his editorial. He says, 'I need to thank the zine community for all the kind reviews of TCR over the years. I only wish they would not classify TCR as a sex zine. We do have a lot of sex in us. We will never shy away from that. But we really are an anarchist/ arts/ avant garde/ experimental/ art/ beat/ cartoons/ community/ counter-culture/ alternatives/ culture/ dada/ surrealism/ erotica/ essays/ ethics/ feminism/ fiction/ gay/ humanism/ humor/ interview/ lesbianism/ libertarian/ literature (general)/ magic/ nonfiction/ philosophy/ photography/ poetry/ prose/ psychology/ satire/ sex/ short stories/ spiritual zine ... or a life on the edge zine ... for short.' What he says is true also of many of the other so-called 'sex' zines out there including OPEN FORUM. Yes, many have as their main theme sex and sensual pleasure, but most also address a variety of other topics such as censorship, human rights, the environment, decriminalization of drugs, and freedom in general. A lot of 'underground' zines are working for, as we articulate in our new advert, empowerment of the individual, tolerance and enlightenment."
Open Forum #9 (Athens, Greece)



"This mag has a very strong sixties vibe in such a way that this moth-eaten decade could really use. It calls up the days when people actually used their heads and emotions instead of their wallets."
Bleeding Velvet Octopus #4



"Every Frank Moore publication I've seen has a cover by LaBash whose drawings are Bezerkeley trippy, trance, erotic and seem to jump off the coffee table into your face. EEK! ... On the back is Lorena Bobbit Buddha, worth the five bucks the magazine will cost you."
P-FORM #40



"...one of the coolest and free-spirited mags around ..."
The Flashing Astonisher #6, June 1996



Frank Moore (Editor) The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary Zine ! Outrageous, Wild, Bizarre, and gorgeous ... are adjectives I can use to describe Frank's Erotic, Hot, Sexy, Juicy (I'm gettin' a little sweaty now myself) and Adults Only Zine!!!! I drew erotic artwork in grand fashion and Mr. Moore published my artistry in his 1995 yearly edition! I just marvel and love Frank's talents as both theatre artist & writer of many sophisticated books. Annie Sprinkle, who was on H.B.O., for her striptease expertise and her photographing nude women for her Calendar ... was the featured celeb in the issue I was published in. Frank has accomplished more as an artist and was born with cerebral palsy, than I ever could do! Frank's a talented and dapper gent! Greetings & regards to Mr. Moore. Thanks!!!!
T.R.Miller, T.R.'s Zine issue #5


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