FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.

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FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.

An original 'Friends of Oz' Press Kit (June 1971), designed and compiled by Richard Adams, and reputed to have been distributed to The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel. Large quarto glossy yellow card folder, with Oz pregnant elephant and two Honeybunch Kaminski stickers to front cover.


The Friends of Oz campaign was run by Stan Demidjuk and Sue Miles from an office in Pottery Lane (the 'Oz Obscenity Centre'), located immediately behind the Oz offices in Princedale Road, Notting Hill. Its intention was to raise money for the legal defence, though, following advice from their lawyers, it had to be entirely separate since the three editors were applying for legal aid.


The folder contains:
i) a 9pp. brochure - 'Presenting the Oz Obscenity Trial'. Nine quarto sheets, printed in black on rectos only on different colour paper stock, stapled at top corner. Though not called for, this copy has been SIGNED by Richard Neville on the first page. Prints four portrait drawings of the editors by Rod Beddall, their brief self-penned biographies, a full-page photo of Detective Inspector Luff, mentions of recent underground obscenity busts (IT, Unicorn Bookshop), several newspaper quotes, and 'The Politics of Obscenity', reprinted from the Oxford student paper, Cherwell;
ii) three 8x10 b/w photographs by David Nutter of the three defendants, two portraying them as long-haired businessmen in bowler hats, the third a group shot of the school kid co-conspirators with Richard Neville, Felix Dennis and Jim Anderson, taken in April 1970 in the back garden at 38 Palace Gardens Terrace (originally published in Oz #28, with tonal variations);
iii) two 'Oz Obscenity Trial' stickers, Honeybunch Kaminski and pregnant elephant;
iv) two small posters for the 'Independence Day Carnival' demonstration held in Hyde Park on 4th, organised by the Friends of Oz "to support the defendants in the OZ Obscenity Trial" (one printed in black on blue paper, the other, double-sided, printed in black on yellow paper; each 42x27cm., both folded once);
v) Oz#28 School kids issue (blue on blue front cover; lower staple slightly rusted, o/w Very Good).


An excellent copy of this scarce item, more so signed by Richard Neville (the contents of the press packs varied: some included only two photographs, or extra inserts, but most didn't include a copy of School Kids Oz).

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