People, Get Ready.
NY: Youth International Party, 1968. Original handbill promoting the “Festival of Life, an international youth festival”, intended to run simultaneously with the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, August 25-30, 1968. Printed in black ink on white paper stock. 28.5x22cm.
Reads (in part): “Already, throughout parks and vacant lots in and around Chicago, agents of the Potheads’ Benevolent Association have planted hundreds and thousands of pot seeds. The long hot summer of 1968 is expected to produce ideal weather for marijuana growing, and most of the crop should be ready for smoking by the end of August. Free people, free pot, free music, free theatre; a whole new culture will manifest itself to the world, rising from the ashes of America. Rock groups will be performing in the parks; newspapers will be printed in the streets, provos and police will play cops and robbers in the department stores; Democrats and dope fiends will chase each other through hotel corridors. Longboats filled with Vikings will land on the shores of Lake Michigan, and discover A m e r i c a !”.