Rehearsal For The Year 2000 (Drugs, Religions, Madness, Crime, Communes, Love, Visions, Festivals and Lunar Energy); The Rebirth Of Albion Free State (Known in the Dark Ages as England); Memoirs of a Male Midwife (1966-1975). Alan BEAM, pseud. Nicholas Albery.
Rehearsal For The Year 2000 (Drugs, Religions, Madness, Crime, Communes, Love, Visions, Festivals and Lunar Energy); The Rebirth Of Albion Free State (Known in the Dark Ages as England); Memoirs of a Male Midwife (1966-1975).

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Rehearsal For The Year 2000 (Drugs, Religions, Madness, Crime, Communes, Love, Visions, Festivals and Lunar Energy); The Rebirth Of Albion Free State (Known in the Dark Ages as England); Memoirs of a Male Midwife (1966-1975).

London: Revelaction Press, 1976. First edition. Tall 4to. Pink wrps., stapled, 220pp. Printed on different colour papers. Nicholas Albery's extraordinary autobiographical adventure through the counterculture as told by a single composite of several characters "rolled into one and improved by wish-fulfillment", populated by (often) thinly-disguised fictitious characters and organisations (although many are referred to by their real names: Greg Sams, Jim Haynes, Release, and others).


The story opens with the author's account of his acid and mystical experiences at Oxford in 1966, and follows his move to San Francisco to live amidst the hippie culture of Haight-Ashbury. Returning to London, and immersing himself in the underground scene, Albery helps run 'Link' (BIT) with 'Guy' (Hoppy), publishes his booklet 'Project Free London', helps establish the Arts Labs and the Commune Movement, and in 1970 marries 'Naomi', the daughter of a communist film producer of Jewish Ukranian origin.


Further sections cover his friendship with South African LSD explorer, Robin Farquharson, travels in Africa, his anorexia nervosa, the production of a guide to the alternative society, trips to Glastonbury, the Notting Hill 'freak' scene, the squatting movement, the Windsor Free Festivals (and his successful sueing of the Chief Constable), subsequent visits to communes in the States (including Stephen Gaskin's Farm), and as a contemporary reviewer in Seed put it, his eventual and unwilling "settling down…to an oppressive state of domesticity and neo-marital depression".


Cover photographs show the author with his wife, Josefine, and baby son, Merlyn, close friend Nicholas Saunders, and others strolling naked through Piccadilly Circus with a goat, an 'undress rehearsal' for Timothy Leary's vision of pasture land in Piccadilly by the year 2000. A seamless blend of fact and fiction, and probably the most vivid participant's account of the emergent alternative society and the birth of the 'New Age'.


Backstrip and upper part of front cover slightly age-toned, o/w a Very Good plus copy of this scarce and fragile item.

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