8vo. Stapled wrps., 56pp. Illustrated with cartoons and clip art. Named after Charles Earl Boles (aka Black Bart), an outlaw who operated in Northern California and Southern Oregon during the 1870s and 1880s, Black Bart Brigade was edited and produced by Irv Thomas and lasted for seven issues between November 1971 and May 1974. Part of the Canyon Collective (see item #71), Thomas explains on page one that "The use of the term 'Outlaw' in this magazine refers to anyone who has learned how to pursue life outside the confines of the system, and has opened..... More about BLACK BART BRIGADE: The Outlaw Mag #3 (Canyon, CA: April 1972
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4to. Slim wrps., 44pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and diagrams. The first and only issue of what was originally intended as "an irregular publication sharing news, ideas, experiments on how to build for yourself in the city and country." It documents the studio course for undergraduate students run by UC Berkeley professor Sim Van der Ryn and colleague Jim Campe over a period of ten weeks in 1971 at the former's property at Point Reyes in Northern California: "The class was designed to give some actual experience in how to make a place in the country -..... More about OUTLAW BUILDING NEWS (Point Reyes, CA: Spring 1972
NY: World Publishing, 1972. First edition. 4to. Black cloth. 244pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs by Raeanne Rubenstein. Contains around 200 capsule biographies of countercultural luminaries, including Stewart Brand; Global Village (John Reilly and Rudi Stern); Buckminster Fuller; Marshall McLuhan; Herbert Marcuse; The Angels of Light; Ken Kesey; Timothy Leary; Baba Ram Dass; Alan Watts; Wavy Gravy; Charles Reich; Global Village (John Reilly and Rudi Stern); Ray Mungo; Gene Youngblood; Jordan Belson; Richard Brautigan; Stan Brakhage; John Sinclair; Chet Helms; Bob Dylan; the Grateful Dead; Lou Reed; Danny Fields; Ti-Grace Atkinson; The Fool; Sätty; Lenny Kaye; Julian Beck; Eldridge..... More about Mug Shots: Who's Who in the New Earth
Menlo Park, CA: Dymax, 1972. First edition. 4to. Green printed wrps., perfect bound, 62pp. + 2pp. ads. Illustrated with hand-drawn cartoons alongside teletype printouts. A hugely influential BASIC primer, opening with the declaration that "This book is about people, computers and a programme language called BASIC. We will communicate with a computer, in the BASIC language, about population problems" (a hot topic at the time, since 'The Limits to Growth', a report on a computer simulation of exponential economic and population growth that forecast global environmental and economic collapse, appeared in 1972). Based at the Portola..... More about My Computer Likes Me
Includes a letter on headed notepaper featuring the printed signatures of Marianne Hinckle and Richard Rosenblatt, a leaflet, and four broadsheets promoting a proposed multi-disciplinary event centered around ecology, alternative environments and intermedia. The letter, dated August 30, 1972, states that American Trans-Media represents "writers, editors and broadcast journalists who have been intimately involved in the changing priorities of our times" (among them Warren Hinckle, Paul Krassner, Jann Wenner, Hunter S. Thompson, Gene Marine, Studs Terkel, and Nelson Algren), and announces that it "has recently entered the field of lecture and special event programming." Under the heading 'Exhibitions'..... More about A small group of printed sheets produced by American Trans-Media, San Francisco, c. 1972
NY: Praeger, 1972. First US edition. 4to. Qtr. cloth. 168pp. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams, and plans. A survey of more than thirty international experimental architecture groups, including portfolios on, among others, Cedric Price, Superstudio, 9999, Experiments in Art & Technology, Ant Farm, Archizoom, Haus-Rucker-Co, God & Co, PULSA, and Experiments in Environment (Anna and Lawrence Halprin). The author was a member of the environmental design and planning firm of Lawrence Halprin & Associates, and a former editor of Progressive Architecture. Near Fine in dw., with minor wear to head and tail of spine panel..... More about Arthropods: New Design Futures
SF: Alternatives Foundation, 1972. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 239pp. Illustrated throughout. Contains an extensive collection of interviews conducted by Richard Fairfield during his travels with photographer Consuelo Sandoval to approximately forty alternative communities throughout England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, and Denmark. Includes conversations with members of the Selene Community in Wales (set up in 1965 by Tony Kelly, Betty Kelly and Pat Blackmore); the Hapt Tribe in Bournemouth; the Eel Pie Island Community on the River Thames (along with Wavy Gravy, who happened to be visiting at the time); Christopher Hills and the human potential..... More about COMMUNES EUROPE
NY: Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1972. First US edition. 4to. Red cloth. 220pp. Dw. front cover reproduces "Pneumacosm for Manhattan" by Haus-Rucker-Co. Translated by Gerald Onn. Well-illustrated throughout. Includes descriptive sections on various theoretical approaches, from cellular agglomerates (Haus-Rucker-Co.) to Clip-on and Plug-in architecture (the Metabolists and Archigram), grid structures (Yona Friedman, Constant), containers (Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto), marine structures (Tange and Kikutake), and the megastructures of Paolo Soleri (Arcosanti). Near Fine in dw. (spine lettering faded). More about Urban Structures for the Future
Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1972. First edition. Wrps., 406pp. Photo-illustrated throughout. Fairfield founded The Modern Utopian in September 1966, and this comprehensive work reports on his five-year, 12,000 mile tour through the diverse variety of American communes, beginning with anarchist communes (The School of Living, Cold Mountain Farm, among others); Walden Two (Twin Oaks); modern religious communes (including The Lama Foundation, The One World Family, and The City of Light); hip communes of rural America (New Buffalo, Drop City, Magic Farm, Olompali Ranch, Morning Star et al); group marriage communes (including Harrad West and The Family); service communities..... More about Communes USA: A Personal Tour
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Lama Foundation - Cookbook I/Biotechnic Press (1970), second printing (1972) of the second edition (following the author's self-published mimeographed edition of 200 copies from 1928). 4to. Wrps., 148pp. Fuller's first book, originally titled '4D', in which he outlines his ideas for solving the problems in the homebuilding industry and introduces his Dymaxion House. Short preface by Steve Baer, the foremost advocate of Fuller's later Geodesic Dome design. Includes an essay, a patent with drawings, letters to and from Fuller, and further drawings. Cover, especially lower wrapper, unevenly tanned, o/w a tight, Very Good..... More about 4D Time Lock
Washington, NJ: Times Change Press, 1972. First edition. 12mo. Blue cloth. 95pp. One of an unknown number of clothbound copies rediscovered by the publisher a few years after its initial publication (most were issued in softcover), with the publisher's new address printed on a small label pasted over the old address on the copyright page and a newly-designed dustwrapper added. Illustrated with a cartoon by Robert Crumb and several photographs, four of them by Ellen Shumsky, former member of the Lavender Menace, co-author of the lesbian feminist manifesto 'The Woman-Identified Woman', and sister of former Beat Hotel resident..... More about GREAT GAY IN THE MORNING! One Group's Approach to Communal Living and Sexual Politics By the 25...
Brighton, Sussex/Seattle, WA: Unicorn Bookshop, 1972. First editions. Tall 4to. Wrps., unpaginated. Cover art and drawings by Cliff Harper, with additional photo-illustrations, diagrams, drawings and clip art throughout. Printed in different colour inks, each colour indicating an area of information, with text in both machine-composed and handwritten type. The first two volumes in a series of six books initiated by former architecture student Stefan Szcelkun and published by the Unicorn Bookshop between 1972 and 1974 with the intention to provide "enough information to allow anyone to survive well without government." The first volume covers everything from..... More about SURVIVAL SCRAPBOOK 1 - Shelter + SURVIVAL SCRAPBOOK 2 - Food
NY: Grossman, 1972. First edition. 4to. Brown cloth. Unpaginated. Peter Simon's first book of photographs, with accompanying texts by Ray Mungo and others, the launch party for which witnessed the first public hearing of his sister Carly's new song, 'You're So Vain'. Features photographs taken at Tree Frog, the Vermont commune where Simon lived, including one of Jenny and Alicia Bay Laurel "living on the earth", together with shots of Moondog in New York City, Ray Mungo of Total Loss Farm, and other friends and lovers. Foreword by Simon's former Boston University roommate, Stephen Davis, with whom he..... More about Moving On, Holding Still
SF: Alternatives Foundation, 1972. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 232pp. Edited and with an introduction by Richard Fairfield (founder of The Modern Utopian). Foreword by Walt Odets (a clinical psychologist and later an HIV/AIDS activist). Illustrated throughout, including numerous photographs by Odets, Bob Fitch, Peter Simon, and others. A companion volume and sequel to 'Communes, U.S.A.', printing a compendium of articles (most of them culled from the underground and alternative press) written by people who visited communes and lived communally in which they describe their experiences. Includes The Process (by Brenda Lyons); Jesus Freaks (by Alan Watts); Mel Lyman..... More about UTOPIA, U.S.A
Broadsheet printed on both sides, folded twice, as issued (59x42cm., unfolded). One side prints a series of anti-capitalist texts, "Ramifications and Propagations of Street Farm", and a cartoon, "Totality is Hacking its Way Through"; the other side prints a short text on Street Farmhouse and a number of photographs showing its construction, most featuring Situationist-inspired slogans and/or Graham Caine and Bruce Haggart, the two members of the eco-anarchist collective who designed and constructed it. Street Farmhouse, dubbed by the press as "the first intentionally constructed ecological house", was built in 1972 from materials found in the streets and..... More about An original bulletin issued by the experimental architecture collective Street Farm on their...
Folio. 44pp. Ed. Richard Neville. Prints two photographs of The Ecological House (later renamed Street Farmhouse) under construction in Eltham, south London, with accompanying illustrations by fellow member of the eco-anarchist Street Farm collective, Bruce Haggart, and a diagram by Mike Moore based on an original by Graham Caine. Caine designed the project as both a laboratory and living experiment ("It is, in fact, more than a house, it's an energy system within itself"), as well as intending it as a political statement against consumerism: "The 'environmental crisis' is a crisis of society not a crisis of technology..... More about "A Revolutionary Structure", a 2pp. feature by Graham Caine on "his Eco-House,...
Louisa, VA: Twin Oaks, nd. (1972). Slim wrps., stapled. Unpaginated (12pp.). Photo-illustrated. The opening statement begins: "Twin Oaks is an intentional community based on the book Walden Two. Our purpose is to set up and maintain a society aimed and operated for the benefit of its citizens, to create a culture which produces happy and useful people, who cooperate with one another for the general good and who deal with problems in a peaceful and rational way." Sections follow under various headings, including size, location and facilities; income; the labor system; government; children; recreation; drugs, alcohol..... More about Original prospectus produced by the Twin Oaks community outlining its history and policies
4to. Stapled wrps., each 64pp. Photo-illustrated. Four issues of this bi-monthly inter-communal magazine produced by the Twin Oaks community in Virginia. The first issue, featuring a commune directory, states its purpose as "describing and discussing communes, co-ops, and collectives; concepts, ideologies, and theories dealing with our efforts to build a better world, a peaceful one in which all people will be able to live happy, productive lives without exploiting others." Three articles in the first issue are written by women ("It's time for women to speak - and for men to listen"), one of them on selecting potential..... More about COMMUNITIES #1-2, #4, and #8 (Louisa, VA: December 1972 - May/June 1974
Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. 48pp. An important article in which Brand surveys the computer scene in Silicon Valley (a term first coined a year or so before) and connects military-academic-corporate computer research with the nascent countercultural hobbyist community, in particular the hackers, or "computer bums", who play an early computer game developed by Steve Russell called Spacewar. Brand's opening sentences - "Ready or not, computers are coming to the people. That's good news, maybe the best since psychedelics" - reflect both his sense that countercultural energy was on the wane ("laid low") and his insight that the spread..... More about "Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums" (6pp.,...
Ed. Monica Pidgeon. An extensive feature on Fuller, guest edited by Michael Ben-Eli, including a lengthy interview, sections on plans for a tetrahedral city and floating cities and spheres, accompanied by numerous photographs, drawings and diagrams. Very Good plus. More about "Richard Buckminster Fuller Retrospective" (28pp.) in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Vol. XLII...
Bolinas, CA: Shelter Publications, 1973. First edition, softcover issue. Folio. Wrps., perfect bound, 176pp. Front cover from a lithograph of the interior of a Russian yurt. Profusely illustrated throughout with over 1000 photographs, drawings and diagrams, including 8pp. in colour. Lloyd Kahn, former shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog and publisher of Domebooks One and Two, travelled across America, Ireland and England over a two year period researching alternative ways to build, the results of which appear in the book that made his reputation. Assembled with the assistance of numerous contributors, among them Stewart Brand, Art Boericke..... More about Shelter
NY: Putnam/Berkeley and Heller & Son., 1973. First edition of the second and final volume. Folio. Stapled wrps., 144pp. Ed. Scott French. Illustrated throughout with photographs, cartoons, drawings and diagrams. Section heading art by Greg Irons. Resembling the Whole Earth Catalog in both format and content, though unconnected to it (it was probably intended to fill the gap left by the publication of The Last Whole Earth Catalog two years earlier), 'The New Earth Catalog' was "put together by a loosely knit group of people known as Gnu Publishing" in San Francisco. It contains ten how-to sections, each..... More about THE NEW EARTH CATALOG: LIVING HERE AND NOW
Albuquerque, NM: Biotechnic Press, 1973. First edition. Tabloid newspaper format, folded centrally, as issued. 32pp. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams. The proceedings from NMSEA's first annual 'Life Technic' conference, a gathering held in October 1972 of groups and individuals "directly involved in grassroots efforts towards personal and community survival and improvement, towards non-exploitive techniques in agriculture, land use, habitation, life-supporting industry and energy-generation." NMSEA was founded in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico by Peter van Dresser (who first moved to a small village in New Mexico in 1949 and subsequently designed and built solar and wind-powered houses), Steve Baer..... More about Life Support Technics
Albuquerque, NM: Biotechnic Press & Lama/Cook Book Fund, nd. (c. 1972/73). Two single-sided posters printed on newsprint, the former in black ink, the latter in blue, each folded in three (74.5x58cm. + 78x57.5cm., unfolded). The GrowHole poster prints a design for an underground solar heated green house for growing vegetables in winter (an amended version of the poster issued in February 1970 by the Lama Foundation). The Fool poster shows 'The Fool' card (the Trump Card Zero) from a contemporary Tarot deck, with quotes from G. Spencer Brown's recently published work of formal mathematics and philosophy, 'Laws of..... More about GROWHOLE POSTER + FOOL POSTER
Ed. Beryl Korot & Ira Schneider. Lge. 4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. 'The TV Environment' issue, put together by Billy Adler, John Margolies, Van Schley and Ilene Segalove: "Television has changed our conception of information, and has transformed the way we spend our time… Television has created TV spine, TV eyes, and the TV habit. With the continuing growth of television it will become more and more difficult to separate what is inside and what is outside The TV Environment." Illustrated throughout with numerous off-screen photographs of TV personalities, as well as "TV Stuff", from TV stands..... More about RADICAL SOFTWARE Vol. 2, #2 (NY: Raindance Foundation, Spring 1973
Foolscap, mimeographed, side-stapled. 47pp. "This issue of BITMAN is dedicated to Robin Farquharson, an ex-BIT night shift worker & general disruptive influence" (Farquharson, author of 'Drop Out!', had recently died from burns incurred following an arson attack at his King's Cross commune). Includes extracts from Andrew Rigby's interview with him as part of his Communes Research Project (not included in his book, item #150), and reminscences from those who knew him. Also: "Information & Help Services in Great Britain"; Nicholas Saunders on threat to BIT's 'Alternative London' news programme on BBC Radio London; "Dope Busts and..... More about EX-BITMAN ROBIN (ie. BITMAN #6). London: BIT Information Service, May 1973
(London): The Ideas-Pool, July 1973. Tall 4to. Stapled wrps., 222pp. Cover illustration by Cliff Harper. Mimeographed on different colour papers. Prints a selection of approximately 300 plans, ideas and projects entered over a four month period between January and April 1973 into 'The Alternative Society Ideas-Pool', created after an anonymous 'freak from Dublin' gave London BIT Information Service £1,250 to be spent on a useful alternative project. Nicholas Albery, the first secretary of the Commune Movement and publisher of BIT magazine, organised and ran what was billed as a 'Revolutionary Co-operative Competition', judged by an Ideas-Pool panel of..... More about A BOOK OF VISIONS: A DIRECTORY OF ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY PROJECTS, 1973
SF: San Francisco Dancers' Workshop, 1973. First edition, limited to 100 copies. 4to. Plastic comb-bound, with yellow card cover printed in black. 84pp. + Introduction + Appendix and Bibliography. Printed on rectos only. Contains a preliminary text on "Workshops and Objectives" ("to become valuable individuals in a valuable community; having a useful impact on the natural, social and spiritual environments"); the "Score for writing and R.S.V.P. Cycle" (the R.S.V.P Cycles were developed by Anna and Lawrence Halprin as "a methodology for individual and collective creativity"); and "Day by Day documentation of Workshop" (daily rituals and movement, communal lunches..... More about D'Ya Wanna? Summer Workshop 1973. A documentary report on a three-week multi-racial, cross...
Ed. Beryl Korot & Ira Schneider. Lge. 4to. Stapled wrps., 68pp. Illustrated throughout. The "Video and Environment" issue, compiled by Juan Downey, Frank Gillette, Beryl Korot and Ira Schneider: "It presents: diagrams, drawings, photographs, explanations of a variety of video performances, environments, exhibitions; it contains articles on domestic communications satellites, computer gaming, Euclidean Space, theatrical experiments; it includes an updating of the RS worldwide videotape directory, a vt program guide, a video tools report. And more…. ". Contents include "Circuit: A Video Invitational", a 4pp. feature on the exhibition of current video activity held at the..... More about RADICAL SOFTWARE Vol. 2, #5 (NY: Raindance Foundation, Winter 1973
Original printed programme for a conference sponsored by the Esalen Institute and held in San Francisco between December 7-8, 1973. Single sheet of mauve coloured paper, printed in black on both sides, folded twice, as issued (45.7cm. sq., unfolded). Provides a list of the twenty-six participants, with brief descriptive texts, and the timetable of events scheduled at the Veteran's Auditorium and the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. The Esalen Institute intended the conference to alert followers of the human potential movement to the dangers of authoritarianism in psychological or spiritual development, particularly in the wake of the..... More about Spiritual & Therapeutic Tyranny: The Willingness to Submit
SF: self-published, 1973. Pictorial wrappers, plastic comb-bound. 26pp. (including cover). 28cm. sq. Printed in b/w and colour, illustrated with photographs, drawings, diagrams and collages. An exhibition catalogue/artists book designed by Ant Farm as a functional 'CalendarLOG' to accompany their exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas that ran from December 16, 1973 until January 27, 1974 (it was organised with Marilyn Lubetkin, for whom Ant Farm had recently created a psychedelic fantasy house). The exhibition was a loosely structured retrospective of Ant Farm itself, organised around 'utopian moments' and the American Dream, and included "architectural..... More about 20:20 Vision
NY: Galahad Books (published by arrangement with the Scrimshaw Press), 1973. Sq. 8vo. Unpaginated (approx. 100pp., each one colour illustrated). Foreword by Sim Van der Ryn. A photo-documentary featuring both exterior and interior views of the myriad types of rural American dwelling hand-constructed entirely from wood. Slight offsetting to front and rear endpapers, o/w Near Fine in slightly rubbed dw. More about Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art
NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1973. First edition. Sq. 8vo. Wrps., 152pp. Photo-illustrated throughout in b/w, with some colour plates. Embroidery, appliqué, tie-dye, batik, leather, and patchwork clothes, plus crocheted bibs, peanut hat and belt, tattoos, sequined sneakers and more. Jean Ray Laury was an artist, designer and pioneer in non-traditional quilt-making, and Joyce Aiken an artist who taught feminist art at California State University, Fresno in a class originally started by Judy Chicago. Neat name inside upper wrapper, o/w Very Good plus. More about Creative Body Coverings
Occidental, CA: Friends of Morning Star, 1973. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 190pp., printed on newsprint. Illustrated throughout with photographs, along with drawings and numerous reproductions of newspaper reports. SIGNED inside the front cover by Ramón Sender: "Unohoo aka Ramón Sender Barayón" (Sender, together with Katy, his terrier dog, became the first residents of the Morning Star commune in May 1966; he previously co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center, and in January 1966 co-produced the Trips Festival with Stewart Brand and Ken Kesey, where he first met Lou Gottlieb). The introduction states that "This is a...... More about The Morning Star Scrapbook 'n The Pursuit of Happiness
NY: Saturday Review Press, 1973. First edition. Lge. 8vo. Brown cloth. 329pp. Illustrated with over 300 drawings and decorations. Dw. back cover photograph by Peter Simon. Features contributions from members of the Total Loss communal farm in New England, including Ray Mungo, Alicia Bay Laurel, Hugh Beame, Ellen Snyder, Joan Marr, Peter Simon, and many others. "The trials and joys, the escapades and hassles, the risks, mysteries, and contradictions of social pioneering in the New Age are all here in this introspective and disarming volume." Very Good plus in slightly corner and edge-worn dw. More about Home Comfort: Stories & Scenes of Life on Total Loss Farm
NY: Harper & Row, 1973. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 202pp. Illustrated throughout with drawings by Alicia Bay Laurel, including some full-page in colour. The sequel to 'Living on the Earth' (item #91), featuring music notation by Sender (who met Laurel at the Wheeler Ranch commune), and "containing information about homemade music, drones, modes, and open tunings as a means of spiritual growth, as well as information about yoga, creating ritual, and forming intentional communities." Near Fine. More about Being of the Sun
NY: Pantheon, 1973. First US edition. Blue cloth. 208pp. A sociologist's account of London's hippie communes during the summer of 1970 (Notting Hill, Piccadilly), including extracts from numerous interviews with "the young people themselves". Near Fine in dw. More about Young Outsiders: A Study of Alternative Communities
NY: Harper & Row, 1973. First edition. 8vo. Black cloth. 495pp. A comparison between the early Ferrer Colony and Modern School of Stelton, New Jersey, with anarchist communes in New York (centred around the Motherfuckers and Murray Bookchin); Vermont (Cold Mountain and Bryn Athyn); and New Mexico (Placitas and Rockridge); and a discussion of the Vedanta monastries of the early twentieth century and the mystical communities in New Mexico in 1971. Near Fine in dw. More about The Communal Experience: Anarchist & Mystical Counter-Cultures in America
Stonington, Maine: Spring 1974. Oblong 8vo. Wrps., 84pp. Illustrated throughout with b/w photographs, drawings and diagrams. The first (and only) issue of this "Publication of Alternative Energies Project of Planned Total Environment, Inc.". The Stonington project on Crotch Island in Maine was an experimental intentional community formed "for the purpose of learning more about the effects of environment on behaviour and to apply this information to actual designing and construction of a variety of research dwellings… we are primarily concerned with the human energy and its many forms and applications, in addition to harnessing renewable non-polluting energy sources..... More about THE CROTCH ISLAND QUARTERLY: Photographs, Histories, Essays of Crotch Island Experiences and News...
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Country Women was a bi-monthly magazine of alternative, anti-urban and anti-consumerist lifestyles produced between 1973 and 1979 by a collective of women in Mendocino County, California. It advanced a back-to-the-land ideology and emphasised local farming and eco-activism, its ethos largely based on the principles of radical lesbian separatism. Each issue was 'woman identified' and included articles on women's liberation accompanied by practical material on country survival skills, carpentry, mechanics, gardening, childbirth and child rearing. This issue's theme was 'Spirituality' and includes articles on 'Religious Freakism'; a letter..... More about COUNTRY WOMEN #10 (Albion, CA: Country Women, April 1974
Foolscap, mimeographed, side-stapled. 54pp. Includes news of the Free City Commune, "a space in Albion Free State which gives people the cream of a city's sensory input without diesel music which causes brain damage, without living in sublimated coffins, without living in streets of ecological carnage… without the 9 to 5 money grope, without the open university of tobacco ads., car ads., the decadent marriage of property and sexual elitism." Also includes 6pp. extract from Stephen Gaskin's 'Hey Beatnik! This Is The Farm Book'; a short text on Christiania in Copenhagen; "Random Thoughts on the New..... More about BITBEING (ie. BITMAN #11). London: BIT Information Service, May 1974
Newspaper format, folded, as issued. 32pp. Illustrated throughout. The White Panthers were an anti-racist political collective founded in Detroit in 1968 by Pun Plamondon, Leni Sinclair and John Sinclair, inspired by the Black Panther Party who were already using their food co-op to agitate for more independent economic activity on the part of the Black community. A chapter of the White Panther Party later established itself in San Francisco and ran a successful Food Conspiracy throughout the Bay Area from 1974 up until the early 1980s. Touch was published erratically between 1971 and 1974, and this appears to..... More about "The Food Conspiracy - A People's Enterprise" by Sue Copperman (5pp.,...
NY: Times Change Press, 1974. First edition. 12mo. Wrps., 156pp. + ads. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. "These thirty rural communards, many of whom have been at the ranch for over five years, write about sexual relationships, work, parents, children, healing and celebration. They describe feeling their way toward a life that makes sense and feels good, in which they are more in harmony with themselves, each other, the earth and the universe" (back cover blurb). Slightly rubbed, o/w a tight, Very Good copy. More about January Thaw: People at Blue Mt. Ranch Write About Living Together in the Mountains
NY: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1974. First edition. 8vo. Red cloth. 280pp. Photo-illustrated. Part journal of the author's experiences in the small mountain commune he founded in 1967 near Santa Rosa, Northern California, and part spiritual autobiography (De Ropp was a biochemist who had previously researched mental illness and drugs; his first book, 'Drugs and the Mind' , examined the behavioural effects of psychoactive drugs). A brief appendix features practical suggestions about building a rural community. Near Fine in Very Good dw. (internal damp stain to spine panel). More about Church of the Earth: The Ecology of a Creative Community
SF: Scrimshaw Press, 1974. First edition, softcover issue. Oblong 8vo. 111pp. Illustrated with photographs by Jerry Wainwright, with colour plates on almost every page. Jacopetti's chronicle of individualistic hippie style, from psychedelic patches representing a "revolution in consciousness" to some of her own embroidery work, the vision for which "came to her at orgasm". Bay Area countercultural individuals who appear in its pages include "Glitter Boys" Scrumbly and Pristine Condition of The Cockettes. The author previously co-founded the Open Theatre in Berkeley with Ben Jacopetti, and helped organise the Trips Festival in January 1966, before moving..... More about Native Funk & Flash: An Emerging Folk Art
NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1974. First edition. 4to. Blue cloth. 192pp. Profusely photo-illustrated throughout (incl. Herb Greene, John Muir, Ed Buryn, Annie Liebovitz). Epigraph by Richard Brautigan; contributions from Peter Coyote and Stephen Gaskin; and extracts from The Mother Earth News. The complete handbook for living a nomadic life on the road, from VW campers to old school buses, including sections on survival necessities, obtaining supplies, travelling with babies, small children and pets, cooking, a mechanical checklist, travelling in Mexico and Canada, and much more. Features a superb selection of photographs of hippie travellers and their transportation (including..... More about Roll Your Own: The Complete Guide to Living in a Truck, Bus, Van or Camper
London & Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1974. First edition, softcover issue. 4to. 328pp. Illustrated throughout. Includes contributions by Anna Halprin and Paul Baum. Lawrence Halprin formulated the workshop method called the Take Part Process in 1970 to stimulate citizen participation in environmental design, inspired in part by the '60s counterculture and by the work of his wife in avant-garde dance and choreography (in 1968 they ran the 'Experiments in Environment' workshop with Gestaltist Paul Baum, attended by Ant Farm member Chip Lord). The book begins with background in theory and practice, gives detailed descriptions of specific Take..... More about Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Collective Creativity
Original offset lithograph, featuring a collage by Ant Farm on one side and the printed texts 'Ray Johnson post cards' and 'Lilpi Card' to the other. No date (c. 1974?). 28x21.5cm. Illustrated with a porn shot, a rubber stamp printed in blue, and an unfolded packet of Camel cigarettes, with the famous advertising slogan mis-spelled below. The rubber stamp features an illustration of a bikini-clad woman lying on what appears to be a giant slab of ice, and includes the phrase 'ICE 9', a reference to the inflatable structure Ant Farm took on tour in their Media Van..... More about I'd Walk a Mile for a Cammel
Chicago: Hugo's Book Service (for the author), 1974. First edition. Sm. folio. Wrps., bound tête-bêche, 69pp. + 59pp. SIGNED by the author on the cover in red ink to Henry Tropp, computer historian and co-creator of the Computer Oral History Collection at the Smithsonian Institution (Nelson and Tropp both gave papers at the first West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco in April 1977 [item #169]; the occasion also saw the launch of Apple II, presented by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak). Subtitled "You can and must understand computers NOW", 'Computer Lib' is regarded as the..... More about Computer Lib/Dream Machines
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974. First edition. 8vo. 157pp. A survey of five British communes: Newhaven ("an activist commune" in Edinburgh); Shrubb Family ("a self-actualising commune" in Norfolk aiming to live "outside the capitalist system as much as possible"); Kingsway Community ("A Christian therapeutic commune; an extended family" in London); Postlip Hall ("a practical commune" near Cheltenham associated with the Human Potential Movement); and Centre of Light (Findhorn, near Inverness). Previous owner's name to front pastedown, o/w Very Good plus or better in price-clipped dw. More about Communes in Britain
Summertown, Tennessee: The Book Publishing Co., 1974. First edition, second printing (cover price of $1.95; the first printing had a $1.00 cover price). 4to. Wrps., saddle-stitched. Unpaginated (104pp.). Printed in different colour inks. Illustrated throughout, including numerous photographs in b/w and colour. Originally published in 1971, a few years after the founding of Stephen Gaskin's 300-strong farm community in Tennessee, the book provides a guide to living independently and at one with nature, and offers practical advice on successfully setting up and maintaining a commune, with sections on how to deliver a baby, tantric yoga, psychedelics, healing, vegetarianism..... More about Hey Beatnik! This Is The Farm Book
NY: Links Books, 1974. First edition. Tall narrow 8vo. Wrps., 195pp. Photo-illustrated throughout, including 80 headshots of Hog Farm members and friends. Cover art by Rick Griffin. 10pp. foreword by Ken Kesey. Wavy's account of the travelling hippie commune, this copy SIGNED by him and embellished with his trademark Hopi Indian spiral on the title page: "good luck always Wavy G Hugh Romney vice versa". Hugh Romney adopted his clown alter ego, Wavy Gravy, following repeated arrests and beatings at antiwar rallies, realising that "the police didn't want to hit me any more" because "clowns are safe!" ('Something..... More about The Hog Farm and Friends As Told To Hugh Romney And Vice Versa
Sm. 4to. Wrps., 96pp. Photo-illustrated throughout. Guest edited by the Black Panther Party. Foreword by Stewart Brand: "It is an honor and a relief to turn over the editorship of this entire issue of THE CoEVOLUTION QUARTERLY to the Black Panther Party. A relief because the usual CQ staff is buried under a mountain of books getting out the WHOLE EARTH EPILOG. An honor because the Panthers are the most effective community service-and-organization group I know." The front cover photograph was taken at the First Black Community Survival Conference sponsored by the Black Panther Party in March 1972..... More about THE CoEVOLUTION QUARTERLY #3 (Sausalito, CA: Fall 1974
4to. Printed on different colour paper, stapled together at top left corner. i) Gay Community Pamphlets Vol. 1, #1 (1975). 4pp. leaflet printing an imaginary interview between David (Wetherbee) of Hop Brook Commune and Rohit Mehta, author of 'The Nameless Experience', a work on Krishnamurti. ii) Gay Community Pamphlets Vol. 1, #2 (1975) - "Rural Gay Commune", a double-sided sheet outlining the commune's policies on membership ("we only live with people who we get off on… we are as much or as little guilty of ageism, uglyism, fatism, ismism as you who read this"; rules ("We have..... More about Gay Community Pamphlets #1-6 (all published?), produced by Hop Brook, a separatist gay male...
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated. Cover photograph by Carol Newhouse. The third issue of this feminist quarterly, which was initially published at Golden, a lesbian community in Southern Oregon, and shortly after from Rootworks, a seven-acre tract of land purchased by Ruth and Jean Mountaingrove at Wolf Creek, near Sunny Valley, Oregon. The residents at Rootworks lived in two cabins, and later built a barn ('Natalie Barney') as a production space for WomanSpirit. In this issue, the editors' opening statement begins: "Our vision of WomanSpirit is of an experiment in using a magazine to share experiences..... More about WOMANSPIRIT #3 (Wolf Creek, OR: Spring 1975
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. This issue's theme is 'Working Women', and features articles on women firefighters; potters; "Sexism and the white collar 'girl' "; a real estate broker; riverboat cook; "Housewifery: an historical perspective"; "A Day in the life of a lady electrician"; an interview with a farmer; working collectively; Jackrabbit Women's Printshop in Eugene, Oregon; canning and freezing; clay digging; car mechanics; martial arts; infant care; and more. Newsprint slightly age-toned; old mailing label to back cover, with tape 'ghost' mark to fore edge; o/w Very Good plus. More about COUNTRY WOMEN #16 (Albion, CA: Country Women, June 1975
NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1975. First edition, hardcover issue with blue faux denim boards lettered in silver. 4to. 157pp. Text by novelist Peter Beagle, who studied under Malcolm Cowley at Stanford alongside Ken Kesey and Larry McMurtry. Photographs throughout by Baron Wolman and the denim artists, almost all in colour (including some fold-out plates), illustrating a wide range of techniques, from appliqué, embroidery and other needlepoint techniques to distressing, integration of other fabrics, painting, and studding. Includes b/w photographs of a denim-dressed Peter Fonda, Olivia Newton-John, Marlene Dietrich and Frank Sinatra. Near Fine in dw...... More about American Denim. A New Folk Art
4to. Newsprint, each 44pp.-48pp. Illustrated with drawings, cartoons and photographs. The Kerista Commune was an urban commune based in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco centred around the idea of independent learning, the creative use of technology, and the ideals of polyfidelity and non-monogamous lifestyles (see item #181). i) Vol. 1, #3 (Summer 1975). Contents include: "Metamorphosis of a Group Mind"; "Creation of a People's Commune As Part of a Larger Utopian Socialist Movement"; "Far Out West Comics" (continues in later issues; see also item #161); "Transitional Celibacy"; recipes. ii) Vol. 1, #4 (Autumn..... More about UTOPIAN EYES: A JOURNAL OF UTOPIAN THOUGHT. A group of eight issues of the Kerista Commune's...
Ed. Carl T. Helmers, Jr. Each issue 96pp., except #4 (112pp.). Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings (the fourth and fifth issues feature illustrator Robert Tinney's first work for the publication). A run of the first five issues of this influential microcomputer magazine (the name changed to Byte Publications from the sixth issue on). BYTE was launched shortly after the first personal computers appeared as kits advertised in the back of electronics magazines, and in the premiere issue publisher Wayne Green gives an account of its origins in his amateur radio magazine 73, and the ECS Journal, a...... More about BYTE #1-5 (Peterborough, NH: Green Publishing, Inc., September 1975 - January 1976
Ed. Stewart Brand. Sm. 4to. Perfect bound wrps., 144pp. printed on newsprint + order form card insert. Illustrated throughout. Contents include "Where Did All The Communes Go?" (5pp.) by Bill Wheeler; Steve Baer on solar energy; Jay Kinney on the current state of left politics in the US; "Marlon Brando plans a Whole Earth TV Special", a 10pp. interview with Brando in LA by Stewart Brand and Jay Baldwin; recipes by Alicia Bay Laurel; "A Capsule View of the Biosphere", a 5pp. interview with anthropologist, archaeologist and feminist, Dr. Sally Binford; "Homestead Bicycle Technology" (2pp.); "Access to Synthesizers"..... More about THE COEVOLUTION QUARTERLY #8 (Sausalito, CA: December 1975
SF: Performing Arts Social Society, 1976. First (and only) printing. 4to. 36pp. Written and drawn by Even Eve (Eve Furchgott), a founding member of the Kerista commune in Haight-Ashbury. Billed as "The First Utopian Comic Strip" (installments of which had previously appeared in Utopian Eyes, the commune's journal [item #158], and its earlier free newspaper, The Storefront Classroom), the comic contains one long quasi-autobiographical story starring Polly Morfus, a 21-year-old woman seeking "the one and only [trip] that leads to the righteous high!". Guided by a supercomputer (illustrated on the front cover), Polly pursues her path by opening..... More about FAR OUT WEST
London: Revelaction Press, 1976. First edition. Tall 4to. Pink wrps., stapled, 220pp. Printed on different colour papers. Nicholas Albery's extraordinary autobiographical adventure through the counterculture as told by a single composite of several characters "rolled into one and improved by wish-fulfillment", populated by often thinly-disguised fictitious characters and organisations (although many are referred to by their real names: Greg Sams, Jim Haynes, Release, and others). The story opens with the author's account of his acid and mystical experiences at Oxford in 1966, and follows his move to San Francisco to live amidst the hippie culture of..... More about Rehearsal For The Year 2000 (Drugs, Religions, Madness, Crime, Communes, Love, Visions, Festivals...
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. This issue's theme is 'Food', and includes articles on the decline of small farms; producing food for others; "The People's Food System"; "Making a Farmer's Market"; "Getting Fat & Losing It"; "Feminism & Vegetarianism"; nutrition; flower gardening; feeding and care of horses; dance; a review of Ruth Mountaingrove's 'Turned-On Woman's Songbook'; and more. Newsprint slightly age-toned; old mailing label to back cover, with tape remnant to fore-edge; o/w Very Good. More about COUNTRY WOMEN #20 (Albion, CA: Country Women, July 1976
4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. This issue's theme is 'Woman As Artist', and features articles including "Diary of a Mad Artist"; quilt making; journal writing; painting; poetry; dance; 'womansongs'; Alix Dobkin, Holly Near, Cris Williamson and other lesbian musicians; plant care; Gladys Walker's recipe for homemade white soap; raising a milk cow; gate making; and more. Newsprint slightly age-toned; wrappers slightly rubbed; old mailing label to back cover; o/w Very Good. More about COUNTRY WOMEN #21 (Albion, CA: Country Women, September 1976
Cambridge, Mass.: Richard Gardner, 1976. First edition. 4to. Wrps., unpaginated (approx. 192pp.). A vast, cross-referenced data resource, painstakingly compiled on a computer by Richard Gardner, providing listings of thousands of alternative groups and co-operatives across America, arranged by geographical location, name and description, and intended as "a tool for people who are serious about communicating". Foreword by Karl Hess, former presidential speechwriter for Barry Goldwater, and an early supporter of the back-to-the-land movement whose libertarianism, free market anarchism and anti-1% activism is now thought of as an ideological antecedent to both the Tea Party and Occupy..... More about ALTERNATIVE AMERICA: A Directory of 5000 Alternative Lifestyle Groups and Organizations
NY: E.P. Dutton, 1976. First edition. 4to. Wrps. (no hardcover issued), 144pp. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, vintage ads., publicity shots, etc. Incl. a 2pp. bibliography. Written and designed (with Curtis Schreier) by Ant Farm co-founder Chip Lord, who relates his early love affair with the car and the American Dream it promised, and of how it was later dispelled by Vietnam war-era disillusionment and the 'Gas War'. Includes sections on Ant Farm's 'Media Van' and their Cadillac Ranch in Texas. Lord makes clear his liking for cultural mutants such as the nomadic truckitects and their funky mobile..... More about Automerica: A Trip Down U.S. Highways from World War II to the Future
Offset-litho. 72x52cm. European limited edition of 3000 numbered copies made specially for Griffin's London show at the Roundhouse in 1976. Minor handling wear, o/w Near Fine. More about 'Hog Farm Celebration' poster, designed by Rick Griffin for the event held at the Cinematique 16,...
London: Wildwood House Ltd., 1976. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 304pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams and drawings, including a series of six Visions drawings by anarchist/artist Cliff Harper (who started a commune in a farmhouse in Cumbria in 1967 and helped establish the Eel Pie Island commune on the River Thames in 1969). Designed by Roger Hall. Edited by Peter Harper, Godfrey Boyle and the editors of Undercurrents: The journal of radical science and people’s technology. "Radical Technology is a contribution to the wider dialogue on alternative politics, economics, work-patterns and life-styles, all the more urgent in a...... More about RADICAL TECHNOLOGY
Palo Alto, CA: Computer Faire, Inc., 1977. First edition. 4to. Stiff yellow printed wrps., 334pp. + 18pp. ads. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings. Edited by Jim C. Warren. The conference proceedings from the first West Coast Computer Faire, held in the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, April 15-17, 1977, an event since regarded as the birth of the personal computer industry. According to co-organiser Jim Warren, a veteran of La Honda's acid and nudist bohemian scene and founding editor of Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia, it was also viewed by hardware hackers as "an event..... More about THE FIRST WEST COAST COMPUTER FAIRE: A Conference & Exposition on Personal & Home Computers
NY: St. Martin's Press, 1978. First edition. 8vo. 281pp. SIGNED, inscribed and dated (1985) by the author on the front free endpaper. A superior overview of the rural commune movement in America in the '60s and '70s, and specifically a study of thirteen representative communes, including Drop City and Libre (Colorado); The Lama Foundation and Morning Star East (New Mexico); Wheeler Ranch and Ananda Cooperative Village (California); and Crook's Creek (Oregon). On page 37 a proseltyzer for dome living proclaims: "Soon domed cities will spread across the world, anywhere land is cheap - on the deserts, in the..... More about The Children of Prosperity: Thirteen Modern American Communes
Ed. Stewart Brand. Sm. 4to. Perfect bound wrps., 144pp. printed on newsprint + order form card insert. Illustrated throughout. The 'Whole Earth Jamboree 1968-1978' issue, featuring transcripts from most of the fifty-seven five-minute speeches given at the event by, among others, Michael McClure, Gregory Corso, David Meltzer, Paolo Soleri, Lewis MacAdams, Peter Coyote, Paul Krassner, Anne Herbert (her reaction to the Jamboree is printed separately), Mountain Girl, Jay Kinney, Wavy Gravy, Gilbert Shelton, John Michell, and Stewart Brand, plus photographs by Larry Keenan and others featuring several of the cast members, including Brand, Wavy Gravy, Mimi Fariña, Paolo..... More about THE COEVOLUTION QUARTERLY #20 (Sausalito, CA: December 1978
NY: A & W Visual Library, 1979. First edition. Sm. 4to. 96pp. Illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings throughout. A thorough survey of the wide variety of customised buses, small rigs and trucks designed for life on the road, along with information on the cost and construction of these "individually crafted houses on wheels [that] form an original artistic and cultural movement". Very Good plus in slightly rubbed dw. Uncommon in the hardcover edition. More about Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels
First edition. Lge. 4to. 256pp. Bound in beige cloth depicting the features of a face with flowing white hair forming the almost indecipherable word 'Kaliflower', which extends around the spine onto the rear cover. Extensively and lavishly illustrated in colour, with one page featuring silver reflective foil. This copy inscribed at the foot of the last page: "a gift to Urban Ecology House from Sam and Irving" (Irving Rosenthal, co-founder of what became known as the Kaliflower Commune, always declined to sign copies of his work, and the inscription was written by Sam, his right-hand man)... More about KALIFLOWER Volume Five. SF: Free Print Shop, 1980
Riverside, CA: Monterey Domes, Inc., 1980. First edition. Three volumes, each oblong quarto. Stapled wrps., 30pp. (catalogue), 46pp. (book of plans), and 10pp. (specifications and price list). Numerous photographs in colour and b/w, along with detailed plans. A three-volume glossy catalogue from a geodesic dome manufacturing company based east of Los Angeles, allowing prospective buyers to choose and customise their house from a range of specifications, which, once ordered, arrived in kit form in a crate: "An environment where the design possibilities are without end. Reduced to its simplest terms, a Monterey Dome is geometry transformed into poetry."..... More about Monterey Domes: Geodesic Homes for Living
Grants Pass, OR: WomanShare Books, 1980. Second edition, with new afterword. 8vo. Wrps., 193pp. Illustrated throughout with drawings and photographs by, among others, Carol Newhouse, Elizabeth Freewoman, Ruth Mountaingrove, and Dian Wagner. WomanShare was established in 1974 as a woman's land and feminist retreat in Grants Pass, Oregon, and built upon 23 acres of wooded private land that included six women-built cabins. The collective combined feminist and sexual politics with country living activities and workshops, and their book collects the community's poetry, sketches, personal stories and reflections, along with extensive transcriptions of conversations between members, providing both an..... More about Country Lesbians: The Story of the WomanShare Collective, co-authored by Sue [Deevy], Nelly...
NY: St. Martin's Press, 1981. First edition. 8vo. Burgundy cloth. 471pp. Illustrated. SIGNED and inscribed by Buckminster Fuller on the title page in the year of publication to Del Close (actor, writer and one-time light show man for the Grateful Dead; Close was also the house director of improv ensemble The Committee in San Francisco, and toured with the Merry Pranksters). Written with the assistance of Kiyoshi Kuromiya (one of the founders of the the Gay Liberation Front in America), Fuller's epic work is part manifesto, part autobiography, and provides the summation of his philosophy and..... More about Critical Path
Ed. Nancy Jack Todd. 4to. Wrps., 176pp. Illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps and charts. The New Alchemy Institute was co-founded on a farm on Cape Cod in 1969 by "scientists with countercultural leanings", John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd. With their stated aim to do research on behalf of the planet, they pioneered investigations into organic agriculture, aquaculture, and bioshelter design using observation of natural cycles and processes as the template for creating sustainable systems. This issue of their journal, the last one to be published, includes a special report on "The Village as Solar Ecology"..... More about THE JOURNAL OF THE NEW ALCHEMISTS #7 (Woods Hole, Mass.: New Alchemy Institute, 1981
Tokyo: Japan Interior Inc., 1982. First edition. 4to. Wrappers, with outer dw. and publisher's printed wraparound band. Cover designed by Tadanori Yokoo. Edited by Superstudio and The Moriyama Editors Studio. Dual Japanese-English text. 258pp. Lavishly illustrated throughout, including six full-colour fold-outs. A thorough survey of the work of Supersudio, with texts by founders Christiano Toraldo Di Francia and Adolfo Natalini, plus appendices on Superstudio and Archizoom, with texts by Arata Isozaki, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Ettore Sottsass Jr., and Archizoom founder, Andrea Branzi. Tiny snag to dw. near head of spine panel; miniscule closed tear to edge of..... More about Superstudio & Radicals
Days Creek, OR: Oregon Women's Land Trust, 1983 (second printing). 8vo. Stapled wrps., 32pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Ed. Pegasis Touch and Eileen Hartwings. Contents include a herstory of the OWL Farm (established in July 1976 when "sixteen wimmin met and formed the caretaker collective" near Days Creek in Southern Oregon), along with poetry, songs and personal reflections from residents, featuring contributions from Liz Crain, Ruth Mountaingrove, the editors, and others. OWL Farm was one of several communities owned and run solely by lesbian women in Southern Oregon, and despite the hardships of rural existence..... More about Changing Images
4to. Wrps., 16pp. (incl. cover). Printed on semi-glossy paper stock in different colour inks, reproducing original magic marker artwork, collaged illustrations and cut-and-paste headlines and texts. The rare first issue (of three) of Alistair Livingston's self-published magazine, filled with the spirit of Blakean rebellion, forebodings over new technology and warnings of ecological destruction: "I guess this is about change, the process of transformation of this culture, of myself, of my friends. The age of patriarchy, technology, hierarchy (etc!) is ending. A new dark age dawns. Our schizoid sickness is becoming heard & … who can fortell? 3 paths..... More about THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ECSTASY Volume 1 (London: c. June 1983
SF: Performing Arts Social Society, (January) 1984. First edition. 8vo. Glossy wrps., 254pp. Illustrated throughout with drawings, cartoons and photographs. "Polyfidelity offers an inside look at a totally unique experiment in group living. The book brings out the personalities of individual members, and details of their day-to-day lives" (back cover blurb). Contents include chapters titled "On Beyond Jealousy", "Getting Out of Psychic Adolescence", "Do-It-With Friends Mental Health Techniques of the Gestalt-O-Rama Process", and "Keristans on the Donahue Show", a transcript of two members' appearance on the Phil Donahue TV talk show in July 1980. The Kerista..... More about Polyfidelity: Sex in the Kerista Commune and Other Related Theories on How to Solve the World's...
SF: Performing Arts Social Society, 1984. Second edition of 'Polyfidelity', with new title and cover art (contents identical). 8vo. Glossy wrps., 254pp. + membership application card bound-in. Illustrated throughout with drawings, cartoons and photographs. The reference to Lifestyle Package in the title refers to the Keristans' belief that everyone 'buys' the lifestyle she/he lives in, whether she/he likes it or not, and that lifestyles can be seen as packages with their own costs/benefits, and chosen on that basis. Fine. More about Kerista: Lifestyle Package Design & Experience. Volume 1, Book 1 Summer 1984
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Word Weavers, 1985. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 182pp. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs and line drawings. "A collection of thirty stories by Lesbians on land", based on interviews gathered by Cheney as part of her project to record rural separatist feminists and lesbian separatists living in intentional community, land trusts and land co-ops. Each chapter is devoted to a particular community, such as Adobeland (Arizona), Wisconsin Womyn's Land Cooperative, Willow (Northern California), and Womanshare (Southern Oregon). Other essays include "Lesbians On Land Without Land" and the "Politics of Land", along with related reading. Slightly..... More about Lesbian Land
Eugene, OR: Community Referral Service, 1985. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps., 112pp. Photo-illustrated. Ed. Bobbi Corcoran. A detailed directory of intentional communities throughout north America, together with separate articles on individual examples, among them The Farm (Tennessee); Morning Star Farm Inc. (Ontario); the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Massachussetts); Linden Tree Community (Minnesota); The Ojai Foundation (California); and Rainbow Ridge (Kentucky). The comprehensive directory provides details and descriptions of numerous alternative communities, from Arcosanti (Scottsdale), via the Kerista Commune (San Francisco), Hooker House (Denver), Movement For A New Society (Philadelphia), through to the House of..... More about THE NEW AGE COMMUNITY GUIDEBOOK: Alternative Choices in Lifestyles
Folio size magazine, stapled. Unpaginated (28pp.). Ed. R.U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman) & Somerset MauMau (aka Mark Frost), with art direction by Lord Nose (aka Marc Franklin). Day-Glo pink front cover prints mutated image of radio and television personality Art Linkletter with a Mickey Mouse CIA acid tab. The second of only four issues, and the first in magazine format. Its editorial states: "the hope now is that we can create an attractive enough alternative mythos to the armageddon mandate, one that will encourage creative anti-authoritarianism, visionary courage, human decency and tolerance, and optimistic exaltation. We're not talking..... More about HIGH FRONTIERS #2 (Berkeley, CA: Sacred Cow Mutilators, 1985
Wrps., pagination varies (667pp. in total). Each issue quarto, except double issue #13/14 (29cm.sq.). Illustrated throughout, with full colour covers, and the use of different colour ink overlays from issue #8 on. A complete set of Fraser Clark's self-published magazine in which he advocated a new hybrid form of hippy, or 'zippy', defined as "60s Hippy + Technoperson", someone who combined "a psychedelic attitude to Life" while embracing New Age consciousness and technology, specifically electronic dance music such as acid house and techno. His opening editorial stated that its aim was to "pull together all the political and..... More about ENCYCLOPAEDIA PSYCHEDELICA #1-15 (London: ed./pub. Fraser Clark, 1986-1991) - all published
NY: St. Martin's Press, 1992. First edition. 244pp. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to bookseller and publisher, Jack Shoemaker, accompanied by a drawing of a heart symbol, the words "luck always", and his distinctive Hopi Indian spiral drawing on the opposing page. Former Merry Prankster, Hog Farmer, Yippie conspirator and Woodstock MC, Wavy Gravy distills his wisdom in a series of inspirational and instructional essays about how we can change the world by offering something good. Fine in dw., with cover art by Alton Kelley and blurbs by Paul Krassner, Paul Kantner, and Ram Dass. More about Something Good For A Change: Random Notes on Peace Thru Living
Ed. Louis Rossetto. 4to. Wrps., 112pp. Illustrated. The inaugural issue, announcing: "There are a lot of magazines about technology. Wired is not one of them. Wired is about the most powerful people on the planet today - the Digital Generation. These are the people who not only foresaw how the merger of computers, telecommunications and the media is transforming life at the cusp of the new millennium, they are making it happen." Rossetto's editorial statement is overlaid on an orange Day-Glo ground printing quotations from Marshall McLuhan, an explicit hommage to the philosopher who predicted the..... More about WIRED 1.1 - Premiere Issue (SF: March 1993
Berkeley, CA: Ronin Publishing, 1994. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 272pp. Illustrated throughout, including work by Keith Haring, Robert Williams, and pioneering digital artist Brummbaer. Edited by Michael Horowitz and Vicki Marshall. SIGNED and briefly inscribed by Timothy Leary on the first page (alongside printed quotes from William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Robbins, R.U. Sirius, Susan Sarandon, William Gibson, Mondo 2000, and Guide to Computer Living, among others). The book presents a "cyberdelic Be-In", gathering articles and texts by Leary that had previously appeared in a wide array of publications, some of them desktop-published and sold samizdat-style..... More about Chaos & Cyberculture
Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1998. First edition. 8vo. 368pp.+16pp. photo-insert. SIGNED and warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "for Mandy - with a thousand thanks for this big new night of my new life as an author. With love, Peter Coyote 20.IV.98". Coyote's erudite and highly enjoyable account of his journey through the counterculture, from his early experiences as an actor with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, as a Digger in the Haight-Ashbury before, during and after the 'Summer of Love', and later of living in the Red House and other West Coast communes..... More about Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle
NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. First edition. Sm. 4to. Wrps., 148pp. Illustrated in colour and b/w throughout. Foreword by Walter Chatham. Introduction by Rosalie Genevro. Includes a complete, annotated catalogue of the Utopie group's designs for pneumatic furniture, structures and environments, along with other inflatable experiments, and their synergy with the social and political forces of the period (they were sympathetic to the Situationists, but not directly related to the student insurrection). Includes a section devoted to the exhibition, 'Structures Gonflables', organised by Jean Aubert, Jean-Paul Jungmann and Antoine Stinco, which opened in Paris in March..... More about The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in '68
NY/London/Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 2002. First edition. Sq. 8vo. Plastic laminated padded boards. 160pp. Profusely illustrated throughout, mostly in colour. The first complete history of inflatable design, exploring all aspects of pneumatic technology and its various applications. Includes the work of Archigram, Utopie, Frei Otto, Haus-Rucker-Co., as well as Hans Haacke, Claes Oldenburg, Otto Piene, Christo, Yayoi Kusama, and many others. Bibliography. Fine. More about Blowup: Inflatable Art, Architecture and Design
University of California Press, 2004. First edition. 4to. Blue cloth. 188pp. Lavishly illustrated throughout in colour and b/w. Published to coincide with a touring exhibition that began in Berkeley in January 2004 and ended at Yale in November 2005. A critical overview of the Ant Farm collective (who were founded at an architecture workshop directed by Lawrence Halprin in San Francisco in 1968), including an extensive interview by Constance Lewallen with members Chip Lord, Doug Michels and Curtis Schreier; an essay by Michael Sorkin on the cultural context of their radical architecture (encompassing rock music, French surrealism, American..... More about Ant Farm 1968-1978
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2007. First edition. 8vo. Wrps. (no h/c issued), 255pp., incl. 18pp. photographs. The author lived in Drop City between 1966 and 1969 and later commented: "I and many other people thought it would turn out to be a long-term family place and I could spend the rest of my life there. As it turned out, it became clear it would be like most 1960s communal groups were: an episode in people's lives. Everybody lived there for a while and moved on." Includes several rare images, including the Joy Festival flyer from June 1967..... More about Memories of Drop City: The first Hippie Commune of the 1960's and the Summer of Love
LA: Process, 2007. First edition. Sm. 4to. Wrps., 288pp. + 16pp. colour photo-insert. Profusely illustrated with 200+ colour and b/w photographs. Contains a CD of previously unreleased Source Family music, interviews and chants. Introduction by Erik Davis. The spiritual commune known as the Source Family was founded by Father Yod (James Baker) in the Hollywood Hills in the late 1960s, financed in part by his health food restaurant, the Source, on Sunset Strip (one of the country's first, it was patronised by John Lennon, Julie Christie and Marlon Brando, among others). Influenced early on by the Nature Boys..... More about The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and the Source Family
Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008. First edition. Cream cloth. Lge. 8vo. 322pp. Illustrated, including an 8pp. colour photo-insert (with 3 photos of the Trips Festival). Foreword by John Rockwell. Preface by Johannes Goebel. Includes interviews with SFTMC co-founders Ramón Sender, Morton Subotnick and Pauline Oliveros; technician William Maginnes; light artist Tony Martin; Don Buchla (inventor of the Buchla Box, an electronic modular synthesiser); Michael Callahan (the SFTMC's first technical director and, following his meeting there with Gerd Stern, a member of USCO); Terry Riley (whose composition 'In C' was premiered at the SFTMC in..... More about The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde
NY: Rizzoli, 2008. First edition. Lge. 4to. Colour illustrated boards (issued without dw.). 304pp. Lavishly illustrated throughout in colour and b/w, including many previously unpublished photographs. Beginning with psychedelic explorers Timothy Leary, Alan Watts, and others, the author journeys through Richard Aldcroft's Infinity Machines, USCO's psychedelic environments, lightshows at the Cheetah in LA and UFO in London, the hippie crashpads of Haight-Ashbury, "Space Shelters" and "Microenvironments", vinyl inflatables and pneumatic apartments, the back-to-the-land revolution and hippie communes, geodesic domes ("seen by some as an architectural form of yoga"), the Indian tipi, rural self-build enclaves, Paolo Soleri's desert arcology..... More about Spaced Out: Crash Pads, Hippie Communes, Infinity Machines, and other Radical Environments of the...
Healdsburg, CA: Harman Publishing, 2012. First edition. Lge. 4to. Glossy self-wrps., 236pp. The author's personal recollections of the La Honda and Santa Cruz commune scene, in particular the Holidays Cabins Commune at Ben Lomond in the San Lorenzo Valley, frequented by the Grateful Dead, Timothy Leary, Jefferson Airplane, and the Merry Pranksters. Illustrated with numerous b/w photographs, press cuttings, flyers and ephemera. Among those who feature are Lou Gottlieb (Morning Star Ranch), Gene Carlson (Om Foundation), Fritz Perls (Esalen), Ed Lange (Elysium Fields), Neal Cassady, and Ken Kesey, alongside firsthand accounts from others who were there... More about Inside a Hippie Commune: Santa Cruz Mountains & Beyond Circa 1964 to 1970's
SF: Calm Unity Press, 2017. First edition in book form, with footnotes, (numerous) photographs and additional material (first unpublished edition 1977; e-edition on the San Francisco Diggers' website, 1995). 8vo. Wrps., 650pp. Edited/narrated by Ramón Sender Barayón (who moved to Morning Star soon after co-producing the Trips Festival), with contributions from Tom Diaz, Vivian Gotters, Lou Gottlieb, Roland Jacopetti, Gwen Leeds, Coyote Otto, Alicia Bay Laurel, Helen Mikul, Rena Morningstar, Pam Read Hanna, Sara Ransom, Bill Wheeler, Peter Coyote, John Coate, Salli Rasberry and Delia Moon, and Tim Miller ("Morning Star and Wheeler's in American Communal History"), plus..... More about HOME FREE HOME: A History of Two Open Land California Communes Morning Star Ranch and Wheeler's...
Los Angeles: privately printed, 2018. First edition. Stapled wrps. Unpaginated (34pp.). Illustrated. Produced in conjunction with the installation by the Los Angeles-based artist Cathy Akers at Pitzer College Art Galleries in February/March 2019 in which she explored two Northern Californian communes that closed in 1973. The exhibition included a number of Akers' exploded ceramic vase-like forms, each combining photographic fragments from the communes' archives with texts inscribed onto the surface of the objects. Extracted from stories narrated by women, the texts articulate different aspects of communal living - surviving off the land, drug experimentation, sexual violence, and utopian..... More about A Utopia for Some: Morningstar and Wheeler's Ranches Reconsidered