Corte Madera, CA: Communication Company, August 1967. Three sheets (6pp.), each printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. 28x21.7cm.

The newsletter prints an extensive roundup of news, opening with an account of the hippies' sometimes uneasy relationship with the black community (many of the Haight's original black residents had been driven out by the rising rents) - "An intensive educational campaign has been conducted on Haight Street to acquaint the nouveau hippies with our black heritage, assert the brotherhood that has existed between our tribes since the Depression, and establish that the black & psychedelic revolutions are parallel parts of the same, much larger movement."

The following pages include reports on "The city's war on the hippies" - hip communes raided daily and local free printers The Electric Buddha and many others the subject of police busts, while "The Man has just denied the Straight Theater a dance permit"; the Diggers' Free Store and its imminent eviction; "the annual summer dope panic is on"; Happening House's new location; the Grateful Dead's move from Ashbury Street to El Rio ("This is not insignificant"); rumours of a Columbia Pictures documentary on the hip scene and their plans to fly "Haight aristocrats to Europe"; the departure from the Haight of Peter Cohon (Coyote), Peter Berg, Claude Hayward (purged from Com/co in late August) and the Grateful Dead - "Grogan has been long gone…Allen Cohen is leaving the S.F. Oracle. Vast changes are to follow"; a report on the grisly murder of Haight acid dealer John Carter (his right arm had been severed at the elbow); an instant Com/co news analysis claiming "The hippy scene is rapidly becoming the past…unless we move with the changes"; and a final paragraph on San Francisco's newspapers, commenting on the irony of the pro-hippie Chronicle and anti-hippie Examiner both being owned by Hearst (this paragraph has been highlighted with a marginal ink bracket symbol by the Chronicle's Ralph Gleason, who is mentioned in the text).

Two faint horizontal creases, o/w Near Fine. A rare Com/co newsletter, with great provenance, providing a vivid snapshot of the Haight scene during the late summer of 1967.

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