P.O. FRISCO Volume 1, #1 (SF: P.O. Frisco, 2nd September, 1966) - all published.
P.O. FRISCO Volume 1, #1 (SF: P.O. Frisco, 2nd September, 1966) - all published.

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P.O. FRISCO Volume 1, #1 (SF: P.O. Frisco, 2nd September, 1966) - all published.

Newspaper format, 12pp. Illustrated. Ed. Dan Elliot and Richard Sassoon. The immediate forerunner to the San Francisco Oracle.

The idea for an underground paper came initially from Allen Cohen, with seed money provided by local head shop owners, Ron and Jay Thelin. The 'P.O.' stood for 'Psychedelphic Oracle', a title suggested by Bruce Conner, or 'Psychedelic Oracle' (accounts vary). Features include stories on rumours of concentration camps for anti-war dissenters; masturbation; sculptor and Merry Prankster acolyte Ron Boise; Richard Alpert on LSD and Meher Baba; Lenny Bruce; and rock music, including a calendar of concerts (The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, and others).

The paper lasted for just one issue, falling as it did between the two stools of political liberation, one promoted by the Progressive Labor Party, and the other with its more psychedelic emphasis on personal liberation, favoured by Allen Cohen and the Thelin brothers. The latter faction prevailed with its reinvention later in the month as the City of San Francisco Oracle under the editorship of Allen Cohen and Michael Bowen.

Central horizontal fold, o/w Fine (tiny closed edge-tear to backpage). Rare in this condition.

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