The October 13th Thing. INTERNATIONAL TIMES.
The October 13th Thing.


The October 13th Thing.

An original flyer produced by "The International Times lot and the London Street Commune lot" in October 1969, following the LSC's occupation of IT's offices at 27 Endell Street. Single sheet, 16x20.3cm., printed recto only.

The LSC, a radical squatters' group best known for their occupation of 144 Piccadilly, were invited in to act as unofficial security guards by a few part-time members of IT's distribution staff who had staged an occupation to take over the paper 'for the people': "The Commune will use the building for its own purposes which include the setting up of a Street Newspaper for skinheads, Angels, Beats, and other beasties." In the course of their occupation, the LSC trashed IT's offices, stole typewriters and other equipment, 'liberated' thousands of back issues and destroyed a collection of Hoppy's photo negatives. They were evicted after a few days, and put out one issue of their own paper, the International Free Press (later described by Mick Farren as being "as drab and grim as a wet Sunday in Marxist Albania"), a copy of which is included here (it features an account of the events of October 13th, and a centrespread conversation between Tuli Kupferberg and Abbie Hoffman).

Newspaper slightly edge-worn and age-toned; flyer Near Fine.