A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972. AGITPROP COLLECTIVE.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.
A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.

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A collection of flyers, booklets and documents produced by the Agitprop Collective between 1969 and 1972.

Various sizes and formats. The London-based collective evolved from C.A.S.T. (Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre, a small guerrilla theatre group playing to left audiences) and the Radical Booking Agency, whose members jointly formulated the idea that "political groups should aim to create imaginative propaganda, that 'culture' was not for consumption and that the movement should control its own media." An Agitprop Theatre group was formed, playing to Tenants' groups and strikers, followed by a separate non-sectarian Agitprop-Information service, combining the resources of the Directory of Organisations, the Brighton-based S.C.R.E.W. (Support Communications for a Revolutionary Europe and World), and Agitprop. The Agitprop-Information Service's Gower Street office started its own Literature Programme and opened as a bookshop in 1970 to "make available pamphlets published by a wide range of left political groups".


A poster, included here, prints details of the wide range of services available, and states that the aim of the organisation was "to provide a comprehensive information and communications service for all those who are working towards a revolutionary transformation of our society" (it also lists details of their "revolutionary cousins", the autonomous Agitprop Street Players, the Angry Arts Film Society, the Camden Poster Workshop, C.A.S.T., BIT, and Catalyst).


The collection includes early circulars and statements outlining Agitprop-Information's aims and intentions; breakdowns of the costs involved and reports on the ongoing financial struggles; a 9pp. Information Bulletin (with a report of Agitprop's Centre Point demonstration on March 21st, 1969 "to publicise the discrepancy between the existence of huge empty office blocks like this and the country's acute housing problem"); the first Agitprop Left Press List (9pp.); the carbon typescript of "an Open Letter to the Party" (4pp.); how-to manuals on printing silkscreen posters and starting a poster workshop, running a socialist bookstall, and setting up a local journal; flyers and leaflets issued following the collective's move to Bethnal Green Road, detailing various projects, including their "emergency political legal first-aid service" (the premises were raided and material seized in August 1971 following their support for Ian Purdie and Jake Prescott); and a final flyer announcing the closure of Agitprop and the continuation of its work by the Rising Free Collective.


All items Very Good plus to Near Fine (poster folded).


A rare collection of 25 items documenting one of the many counter-institutions formed to combat capitalist control of communications and the media to emerge from the post-1968 upsurge of activity in the British revolutionary left.

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