FREE CITY CONVENTION.

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FREE CITY CONVENTION.

Original broadside announcing the Free City Convention at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, May Day (1968). Printed in red, orange and black on cream stock. 36.5x23.5cm.

Asks the question in bold lettering "How Do You Want To Live?", illustrated with an alternative version of the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco, with the wording changed to "Eternity Is Now". The Free City Convention (a parody of the upcoming Democratic Convention in Chicago) brought the Hell's Angels and Diggers together, with added input from Jefferson Poland of the Sexual Freedom League.

In "Summer of Love" (NY: Dutton, 1994), Joel Selvin describes how "the event turned into a free-wheeling bacchanal... Starting in the afternoon and lasting well into the next morning, the revelry ran unrestrained. Couples openly made love everywhere... Sometime during the night, some jokester crawled out to the marquee and changed the lettering to read 'Free City Cuntvention'. Not satisfied, he went back out and changed it again to read 'Free Cunt'. Countless thousands of downtown commuters saw this sign on their way to work in the morning and the police department was flooded with calls." Shortly after this notorious event Bill Graham bought the lease and rechristened the venue the Fillmore Auditorium.

Slight creasing to upper and lower edges; minor indentations close to lower edge; o/w Near Fine. An extremely scarce copy of one of the Free City Collective's last events. (Notes From A Revolution, p.129 - actual copy illustrated).

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