FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.
FREE CITY NEWS.

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FREE CITY NEWS.

SF: Free City Collective, no date (c. October 1967). Twelve broadsides (including cover sheet), bound with a metal paper clip to upper left side, some printed recto and verso, others recto only. Stock varies; printed in different colour inks. Illustrated. 35.5x21.7cm. Cover sheet prints a swastika-shaped cross/ mandala, "the universal signature of primitive man" (Ringolevio, p.380).

The first collection of the Free City Collective's broadsides, printed on Com/co's Gestetner silkscreen stencil duplicator after it had been appropriated by the Diggers in August 1967 and moved to the Trip Without a Ticket's basement at 901 Cole Street (the Diggers started calling themselves the Free City Collective in early July).

The broadsides, originally distributed free on the street, beginning on September 29, include instructions on how to make a fire bomb; news of the "Death of the Hippie October 6. Birth of the Free-Man October 7" event and "Exorcism of the Pentagon"; Richard Brautigan's poem "Boo, Forever" (sans title, enclosed within a reproduction of an ancient Egyptian drawing and surrounded by a list of eighty-seven sexual positions); "Here Lies Bob Dylan"; Emmett Grogan's announcement about free food ("It's Free Because It's Yours"); and the closing proclamation: "Be Your Own Manager… You Are Your Own Alternative… You Are San Francisco & San Francisco Is A Free City… You Are A Free City!!!!"

A series of beautifully printed broadsides (largely the work of Billy Jahrmarkt, Freeman House and David Simpson), "So beautiful, in fact" wrote Emmett Grogan in Ringolevio "that the research department of the Gestetner Corporation… couldn't believe that their equipment could produce such technically fine and attractive color combination graphics" (p.440).

Family Dog sticker to 'Free Food' sheet. Minor edge-wear and faint age-toning to extremities; slight top corner creasing to back page; old, faint central horizontal fold (as originally issued); lower left paper clip missing; o/w Near Fine.

(Notes From A Revolution, front and rear endpapers + p.19/21/24-25/28/32-33/63/65/115/ 133/164/167; the book's editors incorrectly state the number of sheets and erroneously give this as Set #2 of Free City News).

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