ANN ARBOR ARGUS #3, #5, #9, and #11 (Ann Arbor, MI: March 13 - August 13, 1969).
A group of 4 early issues of this biweekly underground paper, founded and edited by Ken Kelley, a University of Michigan student who lived at the Trans-Love Energies commune off campus (the commune consisted of about twenty-eight people, including three children and the MC5, whose earnings financed the entire Trans-Love operation).
A member of both Liberation News Service and the Underground Press Syndicate, the paper had close connections with John Sinclair (it lists him as the paper's Cosmologist) and the White Panther Party, formed by Sinclair as the political wing of Trans-Love Energies in November 1968 (influenced by Black Panther leaders Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, they immediately created their own ten-point program, demanding "the end of money… Free food, housing, clothing… free access to the information media - free the technology from the greed creeps!… Total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock n'roll, dope, and fucking in the streets").
i) #3 (March 13-27, 1969). Contents include John Sinclair on The Sun and Trans-Love Energies; an interview with Cynthia Plaster-Caster; student protests; Grande Ballroom ad.; 2pp. interview with Joni Mitchell (and Graham Nash); qtr.-page ad. for Janis Joplin gig, with photo; qtr.-page ad. for The Doors at Olympia Stadium (there was no poster, postcard or handbill for this event, so this ad. is the closest there is to a concert announcement); legal advice for Black Panther busts; LSD (Legal Self-Defense), with mention of MC5/Stooges benefit; the Chicago Bluegrass Festival (2pp.); more. Old, faint central horizontal fold, o/w Near Fine.
ii) #5 (April 14-28, 1969). Contents include a report on Chicago anti-war demo; John Sinclair/Fred Smith trial news; report of police riot at MC5 Olympia gig (2 photos); Oakland 7 acquitted; John Sinclair on the American media; 2pp. centrespread interview with Allen Ginsberg at Buffalo LEMAR Conference (pot, Yippie, Burroughs); "Woman as Nigger", Gayle Rubin and Genie Plamondon on Women's Liberation; 2pp. spread on the Ann Arbor Sound, with sections on the Motor City Five, Psychedelic Stooges, Bob Seger System et al, and photos of the MC5, Up, Commander Cody, and Bob Franke; more. Together with: a loosely inserted cheaply printed flyer announcing an Argus benefit gig featuring the MC5, Commander Cody, and others. 35x21cm. Newspaper Very Good (two short tears to front cover); flyer slightly age-toned along lower edge, with short tear, o/w Very Good.
iii) #9 (July 10-25, 1969). Front cover art by Kim Deitch. Contents include feature on SDS/Weathermen split; NY's 6th Street Theatre; 3pp. interview with The Who; half-page ad. for the Ann Arbor Blues Festival; qtr.-page ad. for Legal Self-Defense event with the MC5, Stooges, and Up; ad. for the Atlantic City Pop Festival; great photo of Wayne Kramer onstage in full flight; more. Old central horizontal fold (10cm. tear), o/w Very Good plus.
iv) #11 (Aug. 13-29, 1969). Front cover art by Gary Grimshaw. Contents include solidarity for John Sinclair from Ed Sanders, Magdalene Sinclair; Chicago Panthers busted; the Chicago Eight; Grande Ballroom ad. (Stooges/Keef Hartley and Colosseum from England); late news on three leaders of the Trans-Love Commune/White Panther Party busted in New Jersey; more. Old, faint central horizontal fold, o/w Very Good plus.
4 issues + MC5 flyer.