Harvey Job Matusow's
Cockyboo & the Stringless Yo Yo
an on-line autobiographical experiment
For the real stories of who Harvey Job Matusow is or has been you'll have to to read this whole web project and wait for Job to finish writing the last 30 chapters. We're offering a preview of 19 chapters in here in draft stages and asking for audience participation and reader feedback on what you want to see covered in the book in more depth, or discussed on-line.
Quoting the University of Sussex Library's biographical page:
We've condensed this a lot, see the source for more!
"Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1926, and educated in the City's public schools, Harvey Marshall Matusow joined the Communist Party in 1946. For several years he was an active member of the party in New York. During 1950, however, (until his expulsion from the party), he was engaged in supplying information to the F. B. I. about the party's activities.
Harvey Matusow was himself blacklisted because of his McCarthy era acts and was harrassed for his betrayal of his Communist friends and his perjury in court and efforts to undermine McCarthyism in atonement for his acts.
Raised Jewish, he embraced Christianity via an interest in Mormons and the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1956. Later he explored Buddhism and volunteered for Quakers and Christian churches before continuing his interests in becoming a practicing member of the LDS communities in Utah.
Harvey was involved in Fluxus art related events in New York and later in London, helping produce a concert of music including John Cage and other contemporary composers of that time. He was invited to the White House at one point by President Johnson's wife, which, as an ex-convict was one of the odd highlights of his unusual life.
Matusow moved to England in the late 60's and was also involved in the founding of undergound newspapers in New York and London in the 60's, working with IT (International Times) and Friends/Frendz magazines. He was suspected by some to still be a government agent at the time, and ironically, Matusow thought that some involved in those publications were working with the CIA.
He later moved back to the US, more recently to Utah, and started using the name Job Matusow. These pages will chronicle his whole life to date.
Harvey Job Matusow has released 7 albums or CDs and been involved with some meditative music and Children's recordings made using bells crafted from old military weapons melted down. He's done radio and TV work extensively and is currently involved in running Utah's only public access TV, SCAT-TV.
Harvey Job Matusow has published two books and is currently working on a third, his memiors, and is sharing them via these web pages in the hopes of making this an interactive experience.