THE OXFORD WALL - A Paper for Criminals of Want.

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THE OXFORD WALL - A Paper for Criminals of Want.

Np. (Oxford), nd. (c. Summer 1969). Two loose sheets, one of them with centre fold. 6pp. Illustrated. 34.7x25cm.


Little is known about who the Oxford Motherfuckers were and this publication states only that "The Wall is published by the Oxford Motherfuckers, a secret society, with the assistance of King Mob." Its title suggests both the slogan 'Up Against the Wall' and the locally infamous Cutteslowe Walls (built in Oxford in 1934 with the intention of keeping the poor in the Cutteslowe Estate divided from the rich).


The front page headline quotation of the Martha and the Vandellas song title, 'Dancing in the Street', probably alludes to Heatwave, an earlier pre-King Mob magazine, while the lead article argues that "…this will certainly be the last year of active Situationism in Great Britain, since Situationism no more than Flower Power can hope to survive its own trendiness…There'll be ghettoes of Motherfuckers, King Mobsters, Werewolves…in every town and university…Then, when the Press has started beaming, when Situationist musicals have been performed to packed houses, when soft drinks have been advertised with the slogan 'Up against the wall, motherfuckers', Situationism will become a mere craze for practical jokes, and will quickly die."


Paper age-toned along extremities; small splash mark to lower edge of front cover; light creasing, o/w Very Good.

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