A PROPHECY OF A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

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A PROPHECY OF A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

SF: privately printed, 1966. Single sheet, printed in green on white stock, with an illustration of a marijuana plant. 35x21.5cm.


Original broadside printing Oracle editors Allen Cohen and Michael Bowen's manifesto, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, entitled 'A Prophecy of a Declaration of Independence', and an announcment of the 'Love-Pageant Rally' to be held in the Panhandle on October 6th, 1966 (the day LSD became illegal in California, equated by the authors to 666, the 'sign of the beast').


The event was envisioned by Allen Cohen and Michael Bowen to be an alternative to protest, and a celebration of the psychedelic life. In their declaration of personal freedom they assert the "freedom of the body, the pursuit of joy, and the expansion of consciousness" as "inalienable rights", and participants in the 'Love-Pageant Rally' were encouraged to "Bring The Color Gold...Bring Photos of Personal Saints...And Gurus and Heroes of the Underground ...Bring Children…Flowers…Flutes…Drums…Feathers…Bands…Beads…Joy".


The Merry Pranksters' bus attended, as well as, briefly, Ken Kesey himself, and the Grateful Dead (performing their new song "Alice D. Millionaire"), Big Brother and the Holding Company and The Wildflower played for approximately 800 people. The colourful pageant was the first major gathering of the Haight-Ashbury hippie community, and its success paved the way for the Human Be-In a few months later.


Central horizontal fold, o/w a Fine copy of this rare and important document.

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