London: privately printed, 1996. Colour postcard reproducing Caroline Coon's epic oil painting of the Oz trio, originally commissioned by Felix Dennis, together with a 4pp. folded sheet printing "An account of the painting" by the artist (though not called for, this copy has been SIGNED by her). Postcard and leaflet each measure 15.2x20.4cm. (when folded). Both items enclosed in an unprinted white envelope, as issued. In her account, Coon writes: "In this picture it was my wish to bring together in an idyllic landscape those men and women of all ages who were supporters and detractors of the... More about The OZ 3, Free! A History Painting by Caroline Coon.
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Apple, 1971 - US release (precedes the UK release). 7" vinyl record (1835), with colour photographic picture sleeve. The John Lennon-penned and co-produced song, originally entitled 'God Save Oz', had been intended for release before the Oz trial began with the aim of raising funds, but did not appear in Britain until July 16th (July 7th in the US), three weeks after the trial opened. Lennon recorded 'God Save Us' at Ascot Sound Studios, with, among others, Ringo on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass (Oz staff members who considered themselves as having some musical ability were also... More about God Save Us/Do The Oz.
Newspaper format. Each 24pp. Four issues of this Notting Hill-based underground paper, each one featuring news, comment and reports on the Oz trial, including three front covers, as well as a statement on the Oz Obscenity Fund by the three defendants. Also: full-page ads. for the Elastic Oz Band's single; the Angry Brigade; LSD; a 2pp. interview with Yoko Ono and John Lennon; Implosion; the killing of George Jackson; more. Very Good plus (old central horizontal fold to issue #9). More about FRENDZ #5/#8/#9/#11 (London: Echidna Epics, July 8th-September 30th, 1971).
An original 'Friends of Oz' Press Kit (June 1971), designed and compiled by Richard Adams, and reputed to have been distributed to The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel. Large quarto glossy yellow card folder, with Oz pregnant elephant and two Honeybunch Kaminski stickers to front cover. The Friends of Oz campaign was run by Stan Demidjuk and Sue Miles from an office in Pottery Lane (the 'Oz Obscenity Centre'), located immediately behind the Oz offices in Princedale Road, Notting Hill. Its intention was to raise money for the legal defence, though, following... More about FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
Caroline Coon's copy, with the following inserts: i) 'Presenting the Oz Obscenity Trial'. Nine quarto sheets, printed in black on rectos only on different colour paper stock, stapled at top corner; ii) four 8x10 b/w photographs by David Nutter portraying the three editors as St. Trinian's schoolgirls in gym slips, as businessmen in bowler hats, and as bobbies in police uniforms, and the group shot of them with the school kid co-conspirators in the back garden at 38 Palace Gardens Terrace; iii) two 'Oz Obscenity Trial' stickers, Honeybunch Kaminski and pregnant elephant; iv) small poster for... More about FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
A variant copy, issued in a translucent blue plastic folder, with Honeybunch Kaminski sticker to upper cover (blue plastic folders were used after the yellow card folders had run out). The contents comprise: i) 'Presenting the Oz Obscenity Trial'. Nine quarto sheets, printed in black on rectos only on different colour paper stock, stapled at top corner. SIGNED by Richard Neville on the first page; ii) three 8x10 b/w photographs by David Nutter of the three defendants (a group shot with school kid co-conspirators in the back garden at 38 Palace Gardens Terrace, and the three... More about FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT.
A small poster imploring "Help Oz Win At The Old Bailey…and grow old gracefully (Put the money in the tins)". 40.5x25cm. Printed in black on white stock. The poster launched the Oz Obscenity Fund in March 1971 (it had previously appeared in a slightly different version in Oz #32). It features a futuristic cartoon from 1969 by Ron Cobb depicting three wizened old hippies sitting on a park bench, one of them holding a copy of the Los Angeles Free Press which in the poster has been altered to read: "Oz 50th Anniversary Issue, 1965-2015". Cobb's work first appeared in... More about HELP OZ WIN AT THE OLD BAILEY.
A large poster announcing the 'Independence Day Carnival - A Celebration of People's Rights', organised by the Friends of Oz and held in Hyde Park on July 4th, 1971. Printed in black on yellow paper. 76.2x50.7cm. Illustrated with a large cartoon illustration by Alain Le Saux of a pack of naked hippies being rounded up by sadistic cowboys and preyed upon by vultures. The mass rally and 'Smoke-In' brought many underground and community groups together, including Release, BIT, Agit-Prop and Gay Liberation Front, and its main intention was to "support the defendants in the OZ Obscenity Trial and... More about INDEPENDENCE DAY CARNIVAL.
A set of four small posters (41.5x27cm.), one of each colour variant produced (turquoise blue, buttercup yellow, salmon pink and pale lilac), all but one of them double-sided, announcing the 'Independence Day Carnival - A Celebration of People's Rights', organised by the Friends of Oz and held in Hyde Park on July 4th, 1971. Illustrated with a cartoon illustration by Alain Le Saux. The versos of the lilac, pink and yellow copies print news of the obscenity trial, arguing that it is not just Oz "on trial at the Old Bailey, it is in fact an entire community... More about INDEPENDENCE DAY CARNIVAL.
Tabloid newspaper format. Each 16pp.-24pp. Ed. Andrew Fisher and Ed Victor. A run of nine issues of Ink, containing news and analysis of the Oz Trial, including three front covers, one of them featuring a Ralph Steadman cartoon of Judge Argyle. Issue #8 includes Richard Neville's recollections of the first Oz Trial in Sydney in 1964, accompanied by trial transcripts and Martin Sharp's original cartoons. Subsequent issues include a photograph of the huge Honeybunch Kaminski, constructed at the old Middle Earth club by Edwin Belchamber, Phelan Black and Dick Budden using expanded polystyrene and papier-mâché and star of..... More about INK - The Other Newspaper #8-16 (London: Ink Publishers Ltd., June 19th- August 18th, 1971).
29x22.3cm. SIGNED and inscribed by the photographer on the verso to former Oz art director, Richard Adams (Reid, who gave the print to Adams sometime in the late 1970s, has mis-captioned the year as 1972). The image, published in Ink #23 and elsewhere, shows Lennon holding a megaphone and looking into the camera, with demonstrators in the background (many of whom chanted 'Power to the People!' as they marched, a song recently written by Lennon in response to an interview he gave to Red Mole and, he later stated, "as something for the people to sing")... More about An original photograph by Ron Reid of John Lennon on a demonstration march in central London,...
B/w (20.2x25.2cm.). Printed caption label affixed to verso, with press agency stamp. Richard and Louise were busted by Detective Inspector Luff in their basement flat at 38 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, on Friday December 18th, 1970 (three months after the issue of summonses in the Oz school kids case), though the Drugs Squad found only a pile of roaches in the garbage outside. Upstairs, Jim Anderson managed to throw his stash over the back wall into the grounds of the Russian Embassy before being grabbed; Felix Dennis turned up on the street outside, but was moved... More about An original 8x10 press photograph of Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier taken on the day of their...
Blue on blue variant, with cover art by Raymond Bertrand depicting black lesbians playing with dildos. Edited and published by Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis "with the help and inspiration of about twenty people, all 18 or under, mostly still at school who came from various parts of London and England in answer to our appeals for injections of youthful vigour in our ageing veins." The contributors included Charles Shaar Murray, Peter Popham, Deyan Sudjic, T.I. Bradford, Trudi Braun, and Vivian Berger, whose notorious collage of Rupert Bear's head with Robert Crumb's priapic Eggs Ackley (from... More about OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).
A poster designed by Felix Dennis announcing "Oz - A Play From The Transcripts Of The Historic Obscenity Trial", staged at the Oxford Playhouse, May 23rd-27th, 1972. Printed in purple and blue on white stock (there was also a black ink on orange paper variant). 54.6x36.9cm. Felix Dennis's design features a rearrangement of David Hockney's nude drawings of the three editors (the originals were donated by the artist to the Friends of Oz), with images of the Honeybunch Kaminski sticker strategically placed. Prints the statement that "Tickets include street carnival procession before performance and a discussion after the performance with..... More about OZ - A PLAY.
An original handbill reproducing Felix Dennis's poster design. Printed in black on pale blue stock. 29.8x21cm. Faint central horizontal crease and minor handling wear, o/w Near Fine. More about OZ - A PLAY.
A gilt-edged printed invitation to the preliminary hearing into the School kids Oz obscenity charge, held at Marylebone Magistrates Court on October 1st, 1970. Printed in black and grey on thin white card, decorated with a pale green border and gilt edges. 9x11.5cm. The invite to 'the first of a series of Obscene Courtroom Dramas' was mailed out to Oz subscribers and sympathisers, suggesting 'Fancy Dress optional' and R.S.V.P. Obscene Publications Office, New Scotland Yard. The three editors dressed up in schoolboy attire for the occasion, hired from a theatrical costumier's, and the public gallery was packed as..... More about OZ INVITE TO PRELIMINARY HEARING.
Private View Invite card for Ozjets D'Art, a fundraising sale of work by various artists in aid of the Oz Obscenity Fund, held at the Clytie Jessops Gallery, King's Road, Chelsea, April 20th, 1971. Designed by Richard Adams and illustrated with cartoons. Printed in black on yellow card stock. 20x11.5cm. States: "Works include originals by leading Oz graphic artists and contributions by David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Jim Dine, Joe Tilson, Andy Warhol, Gerald Scarfe, John and Yoko, Martin Sharp, Patrick Procter (sic), Michael English and others". George Melly was the auctioneer for the sale, David Hockney's original drawings... More about OZJETS D'ART.
An unused gummed sticker printing the slogan 'OZ NOW. YOU NEXT', illustrated with a version of Ron Cobb's cartoon of a Nazi stormtrooper robot, altered to show it burning School kids' Oz and the Little Red Schoolbook (1971). Printed in black on orange stock. 14.9x12cm. Probably intended for pasting up on the London Underground. Cobb's original cartoon, reproduced in Oz #15 and widely disseminated elsewhere, has the robot breaking flowers in its hand and crushing them underfoot. Near Fine. More about OZ NOW. YOU NEXT.
A poster announcing an Oz obscenity trial fundraiser concert at the Polytechnic of Central London (near the GPO Tower) on July 3rd, 1971. Designed by Richard Adams. Printed in black on white stock, featuring an illustration by Alan Grimwood of a Commedia dell'arte or carnivalesque pantaloon. 56.8x43.6cm. The concert line-up included Traffic and Alexis Korner (part of Traffic's performance was included on their album, 'Welcome To The Canteen', released two months later). Near Fine. More about OZ OBSCENITY FUND.
A poster designed by David Wills announcing the Oz Police Ball, a benefit concert for the Oz obscenity trial, held at 43 King St., Covent Garden (formerly the Middle Earth club), on March 6th, 1971. Printed in pink and blue on white stock. 56.2x37.6cm. Illustrated with an old engraving of a Bacchanalian procession of semi-clad men, women and children with cattle and sheep (one of the men depicted has a policeman's helmet added). The poster prints the eclectic line-up (Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Viv Stanshall's Seanhead Showband, Gene Vincent's Houseshakers, the Pink Fairies, Egg, Roy Harper, and "Holding... More about OZ POLICE BALL.
A small poster designed by David Wills announcing the Oz Police Ball, held as a benefit for the Oz defendants at the former Middle Earth club on March 6th, 1971. Printed in dark blue and green on white stock. 31.7x21cm. Prints an illustration from 'Canterbury Tales', and, below, the line-up and ticket outlets for the event. Slight edge-discolouration and faint creasing to lower left corner, o/w Very Good plus. More about OZ POLICE BALL.
Two stickers made for the Oz Obscenity Trial Fund (1971), one depicting Honeybunch Kaminski (red on yellow, 10x8cm.), and the other depicting the heavily pregnant bipedal Oz elephant (dark blue on green, 9.5x9cm.). Fine. More about OZ TRIAL STICKERS.
An original Oz obscenity trial long-sleeved T-shirt (March 1971), designed by Richard Adams. Green cotton, featuring a screenprinted illustration of Robert Crumb's Honeybunch Kaminski on the front, with lettering to border (green was a trial colour that was never produced). Oz T-shirts first appeared for sale in Oz #34 in April 1971, offered in four different designs (one of them, the Oz pregnant elephant, is shown worn by a model on the magazine's front cover in a photograph by David Nutter). Very small hole just above lower seam edge; slight fraying to stitching around the neck, o/w Very Good... More about OZ TRIAL T-SHIRT. Jail Bait of the Month.
An Oz obscenity trial long-sleeved T-shirt (March 1971), designed by Richard Adams. Originally owned and worn by Caroline Coon. Pale orange cotton, featuring a screenprinted illustration of Robert Crumb's Honeybunch Kaminski on the front in pink and brown, with lettering to border. Caroline Coon, co-founder of Release, part of the 'Free The Oz Three' campaign and later a defence witness at the trial, was given the T-shirt by Richard Neville. She remembers wearing it out and about and at the Release office (just down the road from Oz), and customising the seams (a practice she later put to... More about OZ TRIAL T-SHIRT. Jail Bait of the Month.
An original Oz obscenity trial long-sleeved T-shirt (March 1971), designed by Richard Adams. Pale pink cotton, with Marshall Lester label, featuring a screenprinted image in red and black of Rupert Bear charging ahead at full mast. Seams to under arms partially split; small rip to right sleeve and neckline and cuffs slightly frayed, o/w Very Good. Provenance: Richard Adams. More about OZ TRIAL T-SHIRT. Rupert Bear.
An original Oz obscenity trial short-sleeved T-shirt (March 1971). Canary yellow cotton, with Oz elephant logo screenprinted on the back and a large colour image of Jiminy Cricket to the front. Trial version, not produced for sale. Neckline and seams frayed and worn, with holes and wear to lower front section. Provenance: Richard Adams. More about OZ TRIAL T-SHIRT. Oz pregnant elephant.
London: Blond & Briggs, August 1971. First edition (p/b original). 276pp. Cover art by Jim Fitzpatrick. Illustrated with 17 drawings by Feliks Topolski, who appeared as a witness for the defence and testified that Oz was "an inventive paper". The book provides a detailed document of the Oz case, including extensive transcripts (Palmer, who wrote the book in eight days, attended every day of the six-week trial and was permitted to tape record the proceedings). Page edges slightly browned; mild rubbing to wrappers; o/w an unusually clean and tight copy, with only very slight fading to the spine. More about The Trials of Oz.
A group of eight original b/w press photographs, including two showing the Oz defendants, taken immediately after they had been granted bail by a High Court Judge and released from jail, and five showing the demonstrations held outside the Old Bailey in protest at Judge Argyle's earlier sentencing of the three editors to imprisonment. Dimensions vary: most measure approx. 19x25cm. (largest 25x20.5cm.; smallest 15.2x25.7cm.). Caption labels to verso of each, most of them printed in aniline purple, with photo agency stamps to all but one of the prints. The two photographs of Richard Neville, Felix Dennis and Jim..... More about PRESS AGENCY PHOTOS.
Magazine format. 20pp. Illustrated. Ed. Richard Ingrams. The 'Special Judges Issue', featuring Ralph Steadman's front cover art depicting a naked Judge Argyle with his face obscured ("To avoid prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act, the obscene parts have been blacked out"). Contains a half-page spoof insert printed in red, illustrated with Rupert Bear dressed as a Judge; plus comment by Claud Cockburn, and 1pp. article on the trial, with an accompanying photograph from the protest held outside the Old Bailey. Private Eye's implicit support for Oz, which originally began in imitation of it, seems ironic, since Richard Ingrams... More about PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).
Quarto card sheet reproducing the front cover of the Oz School kids issue and printing several advertisements for local businesses. Folded once, as issued, with stapled flap to lower half containing various printed inserts, including a small photographic image of the three defendants, the Rupert Bear cartoon, and two drawings reproduced from pages 10 and 11 of School kids Oz. The dramatisation was directed by Andrew Hochhauser, who provides a one-page explanatory text on the legal aspects of the trial. Other inserted sheets include a cast list and several contemporary press quotes on the trial. An early version of the... More about THE OZ TRIAL. A programme for a Bristol University production of David Illingworth's...
The only complete copy known to exist of an unpublished book, compiled by Jim Anderson at the suggestion of Felix Dennis following the Oz trial, and researched by Louise Ferrier, together with source material and the original artwork for three press advertisements that were never placed. The book was designed by David Wills and Richard Adams, and a half-page illustrated ad for it appeared in Oz #38 in November 1971 (illustrated with a different cover photo), which described it as a "gigantic eighty page, glossy souvenir programme… [representing] a chronological diary of events leading up to the trial with edited... More about THE OZ TRIAL: A CHRONOLOGICAL DIARY.
Ed. Tony Elliott. Quarto magazine format. 66pp. Oz Obscenity Trial front cover featuring Robert Crumb's Honeybunch Kaminski. The abbreviated news item on page 5 announces the opening of the trial on June 22nd at the Old Bailey, prints the charge, and names the three defendants, before stating: "This issue of Time Out was to have contained a two page feature on the forthcoming trial. Our printers informed us that, on legal advice, they would be unwilling to print the material as it was Contempt of Court …Faced with this decision at such short notice we have been forced to withdraw... More about TIME OUT #70 (London: June 18th, 1971).
Ed. Tony Elliott. Quarto magazine format. 66pp. Extensive 8pp. Oz front cover feature: "Time Out looks at the law of obscenity and the legal aspects of the 'Oz' trial and argues it represents a fundamental perversion of the original Act and a dangerous attempt to extend the legal supervision of public morals." Contributors include Neil Lyndon, Nigel Fountain (both formerly of Idiot International), and David Widgery (Oz). This issue had to be entirely reprinted at the last minute after the printers refused to distribute the magazine following legal advice. It had originally featured a double-page spread of pictures... More about TIME OUT #78 (London: August 13th, 1971).