SF: Inferno Press, 1957. Printed in blue-green teal and gold, with the publisher's logo to right edge. 9x16.5cm. The collection was Brautigan's third appearance in print and his first in book form, and featured "the work of four young poets, all under 25… representing an articulate segment of a sometime-called 'silent generation'" (the other three poets were Martin Hoberman, Carl Larsen, and James M. Singer). Fine. A scarce, early item of Brautigan ephemera. More about A promotional card announcing the publication of "Four New Poets"
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SF: Carp Press, 1959. First edition. 8vo. Wrps., stapled. Unpaginated (22pp.). Front cover illustration by Kenn Davis. SIGNED and inscribed by Brautigan on the first preliminary page to Joanne Kyger for her 30th birthday (November 19, 1964): "a Happy 30 to Joanne Love Richard 1964 and Janice 1864". Brautigan has embellished the inscription with a drawing of three small dogs, and added stick drawings below his name and that of his new girlfriend, Janice Meissner. Brautigan and Kyger first met in San Francisco in the spring of 1957, soon after which, as his biographer William Hjortsberg has noted..... More about Lay the Marble Tea
SF: nd. (1966). Printed in black on parchment-colour textured stock. 28x21.5cm. Brautigan's drawing of his trademark smiling fish is reproduced in facsimile. Minor edge-discolouration, o/w Fine. More about A handbill issued by O'ar Books announcing the publication of their reprint of "The Galilee...
Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. Following the reading, Brautigan and Hoyem began their poets-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and three months after Dienstag (like Brautigan) took part in the Digger-organised Bedrock One event. Fritsch, aka "Sweet Willie Tumbleweed", a member of the Diggers and a participant in their free food operation, later joined the Hell's Angels, precipitating his estrangement from both the Diggers and his partner, Lenore Kandel (it was Fritsch who insisted to Mick Jagger backstage at Altamont to get out on stage "before the place blows beyond sanity")... More about "Poetry Live", a handbill announcing a reading by Andrew Hoyem, Richard Brautigan,...
Printed in black on yellow stock. 28x21.5cm. The poets' final performance at the end of their ten-day residency at Caltech, attended by approximately fifty students, "popular demand" notwithstanding. Fine. More about A handbill announcing "le grand farewell appearance by popular demand the poets richard...
SF: Communication Company, March 1967. First edition. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. First issue, with faint background text and diagram. The first of Brautigan's poems to be published by Com/co, written while he was poet-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology. In it he envisions a utopian future of cybernetic ecology and harmony between nature and machine (it proved inspirational to the early computer hackers, with one of the first Silicon Valley free software groups calling themselves Loving Grace Computers). Fine. More about All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
SF: Communication Company, April 1967. First edition. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. Illustrated with a drawing of a woman by Georges Seurat. The first appearance of this poem, originally written on January 15, 1967, and the second of Brautigan's poems to be published by Com/co. Minor creasing to upper edge, o/w Fine. More about The Beautiful Poem
SF: Communication Company, April 1967. First edition. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. Illustrated with an image of flowers. Brautigan's cautionary poem about venereal disease, written on the last day of March 1967 (San Francisco had the fourth-highest infection rate for syphilis of any city in America at the time). Faint lower right corner crease, o/w Fine. More about Flowers For Those You Love
SF: Communication Company, April 1967. First edition. Broadside. 26.5x20.2cm. Printed in black over a faint background of gray anatomical drawings of human bones. The first appearance of Brautigan's numbered four-part poem, copies of which were handed out by him on Haight Street (he also mailed several copies to various recipients, including Wes Wilson). A variant issue prints the background in red, with both versions said to have been printed on the same day, though no priority has been established. Near Fine. More about Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4
SF: Communication Company, c. April 1967. First edition. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. Another version, with text printed in aniline purple and no background drawings. Fine. More about Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4
SF: Communication Company, April 1967. First edition, variant issue, with no title or Com/co imprint to front cover, two ring-holes to spine (rather than staples) intended for string or twine binding, and no biographical text to lower wrapper. 8vo. Unpaginated (40pp., rather than the usual 36pp.). Photograph of the author looking through a window to upper wrapper by 'Bill Brock' (Bill Brach misspelled by Brautigan). This variant prints the photograph again on the first leaf, with the addition of the author's signature, date (mysteriously 'December 8, 1967') and small drawing of a smiling fish reproduced in holograph facsimile..... More about All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
SF: Graham Mackintosh, c. January 1968. First edition. Broadside poem, printed in black on tan newsprint paper. 20.2x33cm. Issued gratis. The first appearance of "Gee, You're so Beautiful That It's Starting to Rain", a poem about Brautigan's Canadian girlfriend, Marcia Pacaud, and her "long blonde beauty" (she appears in the photograph on the front cover of "The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster"). Brautigan's final giveaway broadside, handed out by him and his friends in San Francisco's Financial District in January 1968. Slight age-toning, o/w Near Fine. 2500 copies printed. More about The San Francisco Weather Report
Goleta, CA: Unicorn Books, 1969. Second printing, reset on tan newsprint paper. Broadside poem. 30.5x22.7cm. Issued gratis. Edges slightly age-toned, o/w Near Fine. More about The San Francisco Weather Report
Santa Barbara & San Francisco: Graham Mackintosh, 1968. First edition. Card stock folded to create two pockets, with eight coloured seed packets laid in, each containing seeds, with poems and planting instructions printed on the sides. 18.3x15.8cm. (closed). Front cover prints three sepia-tinted photographs of Caledonia Jahrmarkt (two-year-old daughter of gallery owner and Digger, Billy Batman) by Haight-Ashbury photographer Bill Brach (the poems were intended as an hommage to springtime and children). Ron Loewinsohn's copy, mailed to him by Richard Brautigan, together with the original mailing envelope hand-addressed by Brautigan, postmarked May 9, 1968, and giving his return..... More about Please Plant This Book
Mustard colour paper printed in black and brown. Illustrated. 35.5x21.5cm. Keith Abbott's copy, with his pencilled signature to verso. Abbott is listed as a participant on the flyer, together with Brautigan; Lenore Kandel; Michael McClure; Philip Whalen; David Meltzer; William Fritsch; Joanne Kyger; Andrew Hoyem; Robert Dawson; Daniel Moore; James Koller; Kirby Doyle; Patrick Gleeson; and Pamela Millward. The event featured as one of five programmes recorded live at Nourse Auditorium and Glide Church during the week of June 8-14, subsequently broadcast on KPFA San Francisco under the title 'Poetry from the San Francisco Rolling Renaissance'..... More about A broadside announcing 'San Francisco Poetry' at the Glide Memorial Church, San Francisco, June...
accompanied by a full-page collage of Erik Weber's photographs of discarded Christmas trees. The first appearance of this short story, written in January 1964 and originally envisaged for a small illustrated book. Years later it appeared as a chapter in "The Tokyo-Montana Express". Also: full-page Grove Press ad. for Andy Warhol's novel, "a"; "A Salute to 100,000 Stars" by Jean Genet; Jan Cremer; an 8pp. article on recent rock music by Paul Williams; more. Very Good plus. Together with: EVERGREEN REVIEW #76 (NY: March 1970). Includes "the Betrayed Kingdom", a short story by Brautigan. Also: news..... More about "What Are You Going to Do with 390 Photographs of Christmas Trees?", a 2pp. story in...
28x21.5cm. Printed in black on pale green stock. Illustrated with a graphic design by Scott Stampton featuring a photo-image, possibly of Dory Previn. Prints the words "To insure domestic tranquility" (an extract from the preamble to the United States Constitution). Slight fading along r/h edge, o/w Near Fine. More about A handbill announcing a reading by "Richard Brautigan Experimental Prose Writer and...
(the publication date was later put back to October 31). Printed in black on yellow stock. 28x21.5cm. Handwritten text reproduced in facsimile. Illustrated with a simple drawing depicting Brautigan's face within a glowing sun, and a building, presumably Book People, the event's location in Berkeley, California. Near Fine. More about A handbill announcing the publication party ("...share an afternoon with Richard...
No place: no date. Photographer's credit to lower left corner. Offset, b/w. 90.8x61cm. Printed c. late 1969/early 1970 for bookseller display to promote the Delta edition of "Trout Fishing in America", the first chapter of which is devoted to Brautigan's description of the cover. Weber's photograph was shot on March 24, 1967 and depicts Brautigan and Michaela Blake-Grand posing in front of the statue of Benjamin Franklin in Washington Square Park, San Francisco. Brautigan first met Blake-Grand, a textiles graduate, in early 1967, quickly elevating her to the status of 'muse'. Their relationship wasn't long-lasting, but this photograph..... More about A large promotional poster printing Erik Weber's famous photograph from the front cover of...
Los Angeles: Harvest Records, November 1970. LP record (ST-424). Sleeve design by Richard Brautigan, with front cover photographs of Brautigan and Valerie Estes by Edmund Shea (taken in Estes' apartment in North Beach). Produced by Barry Miles. Brautigan's only record, originally scheduled for release on Zapple, but following its demise issued instead on EMI Harvest, the US arm of the Beatles' record label. It was recorded in San Francisco in 1969 and features Brautigan reading selections from his work (except "Love Poem", read by Valerie Estes, Michaela Blake-Grand, Michael McClure, Bruce Conner, Ianthe Brautigan, Imogen Cunningham, Herb Caen..... More about Listening To Richard Brautigan
Hollywood, CA: Collectors' Choice Music, 2005. CD re-issue (CCM-540-2). Lengthy sleeve notes by Richie Unterberger. SIGNED and inscribed by Valerie Estes to Lani Abbott (wife of Brautigan's "best buddy", Keith) on the front of the inlay card: "For Lani, in memory of times passed. With love, Valerie Washington DC November 2007". Valerie Estes, who contributes a reading of "Love Poem", first met Brautigan in May 1968, and their on-off relationship continued for the following two years (she was suggested by Brautigan as an assistant to the record's producer, Barry Miles, and they too had a relationship during the..... More about Listening To Richard Brautigan
accompanied by three photographs by Erik Weber. The first appearance of Brautigan's short story about the military Pet Cemetary in The Presidio, San Francisco. It was written shortly after his visit to the cemetary in Spring 1965, but Mademoiselle magazine declined to publish it at the time. The story is prefaced by a quote from Rudi Gernreich, who designed the monokini, the first women's topless swimsuit, in 1964: "The look in clothes expresses an anti-attitude, the result of being bored… And so, if you're bored, you go for the outrageous gesture. Everything else seems to have lost any meaning."... More about "Homage to Rudi Gernreich/1965" (4pp.) in EARTH Vol. 2, #1 (SF: January 1971
Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2012. First edition. Blue boards. Lge. 8vo. 852pp. + 16pp. photo-insert. Front cover colour photograph of Brautigan taken in 1967 by Baron Wolman. A prodigious work, twenty years in the making, providing a detailed biography of Brautigan, and, as its subtitle suggests, an account of the era and his literary milieu. The book's publisher, Jack Shoemaker, first met Brautigan in late January 1967 after inviting him to read at The Unicorn Bookshop in Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara. Fine in dw. Uncommon in hardcover. More about Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan
Printed in black on cream-coloured card. 5x9cm. Prints the names of the shop's owners, brothers Jay and Ron Thelin, and a brief description of its stock ("Books, Records, Art Works"), in a simple design seemingly at odds with the psychedelic paraphernalia it sold. The shop opened near the corner of Haight and Ashbury on January 3, 1966, quickly establishing itself as a kind of hippie headquarters and encouraging many more shops to open in the neighborhood, many of them offering clothes and health foods to the growing hip community. Several months later, on November 15, 1966, the shop..... More about Original business card for The Psychedelic Shop, 1535 Haight St., San Francisco (1966
Printed in brown ink on white stock. 27.8x21.5cm. The handbill reproduces an article from the SF Sunday Examiner & Chronicle from the previous month, illustrated with a photograph of Billie Dixon and Richard Bright during a performance of Michael McClure's play. The production at The Committee was initially set for two performances, but a third was added for August 8, as indicated by a rubber stamp to this handbill. It was at the end of the third performance, only the fifth time the play had been performed in public, that the San Francisco Police Department raided the venue..... More about An original handbill announcing a production of 'The Beard' at The Committee, a theatre nightclub...
4to. Unpaginated (80pp.). Illustrated colour cover ("This is The Band Book! Turn on to the Rock Scene of the Bay Area and exclusive photos of The Rolling Stones in San Francisco!"). Early promo for two dozen Bay Area rock bands, including The Charlatans, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with many others now forgotten. Profusely illustrated with photographs (many rarely seen Matrix shots by Herb Greene), management details and booking info, etc. Also includes photos of Bob Dylan and friends; 'personages' Chet Helms, Rock Scully, Danny Rifkin and others; double-page photo-spreads..... More about I.D. MAGAZINE. SF: (August) 1966. First San Francisco Edition
Psychedelic lettering, printed on both sides in two colours on pink stock. 28x21.5cm. The shop hosted a Haight-Ashbury Fashion Show on February 2, 1967, which made the society pages of San Francisco papers, but it was busted in March for selling a poster depicting men and women in Kama Sutra sexual positions, the publicity from which resulted, predictably, in many more copies of the poster being sold. Near Fine. More about Original double-sided handbill designed by Hillis publicising The Blushing Peony, a hippie...
Printed in black on white stock. 35.5x45.3cm. Tsvi Strauch, owner of B'Tzalel, a crafts boutique on Divisadero in Pacific Heights, opened In Gear at 1580 Haight Street in July 1966, selling handmade earrings and dresses made by local artists, and the first hippie-made water pipes. Steven Arnold, a filmmaker, photographer and painter, designed posters for the Matrix as well as local businesses such as In Gear, and later created the Nocturnal Dreamshows, the first ever midnight movie showcase that also launched The Cockettes. Minor handling wear, o/w Near Fine. More about An original poster designed by Steven Arnold advertising the Haight Street boutique, In Gear, c....
Printed in black on white stock. 36.1x44.2cm. Lists "conglomerata, Embellishments, Adornments, Accoutrements, Apparatus and Joy Shots", the last mentioned a reference to the hippie-made water pipes that In Gear was the first to sell. Near Fine. More about An original poster designed by Steven Arnold advertising the Haight Street boutique, In Gear, c....
Newspaper format, 12pp. Illustrated. Ed. Dan Elliot and Richard Sassoon. The immediate forerunner to the San Francisco Oracle. The idea for an underground paper came initially from Allen Cohen, with seed money provided by local head shop owners, Ron and Jay Thelin. The 'P.O.' stood for 'Psychedelphic Oracle', a title suggested by Bruce Conner, or 'Psychedelic Oracle' (accounts vary). Features include stories on rumours of concentration camps for anti-war dissenters; masturbation; sculptor and Merry Prankster acolyte Ron Boise; Richard Alpert on LSD and Meher Baba; Lenny Bruce; and rock music, including a calendar of concerts (The..... More about P.O. FRISCO Volume 1, #1 (SF: P.O. Frisco, September 2, 1966) - all published
SF: privately printed, 1966. Single sheet, printed in green on white stock, with an illustration of a marijuana plant. 35x21.5cm. Original broadside printing Oracle editors Allen Cohen and Michael Bowen's manifesto, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, entitled 'A Prophecy of a Declaration of Independence', and an announcment of the 'Love-Pageant Rally' to be held in the Panhandle on October 6, 1966 (the day LSD became illegal in California, equated by the authors to 666, the 'sign of the beast'). The event was envisioned by them as an alternative to protest, and a celebration of the psychedelic life..... More about A PROPHECY OF A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
SF: Stolen Paper Editions, 1966. Second edition (includes verses not found in the first edition), first issue (publisher's address in San Francisco). Sq. 12mo. Slim wrps., printed in brown and blue, with red endpapers. Kandel's book of erotic poems was at the centre of numerous busts in the Haight-Ashbury and led to one of the most celebrated censorship trials of the '60s. Fine. More about The Love Book
Also: news of press conference to publicise the Human Be-In; the LSD Rescue Service; Tuli Kupferberg on The Fugs; the Diggers' Free Frame of Reference busted; ads. for Timothy Leary's upcoming Psychedelic Celebration Number One; Quicksilver Messenger Service and Moby Grape at the Avalon; The Mamas and The Papas; Dino Valenti; The Orkus'tra; and Country Joe & The Fish; plus Michael McClure, George Montana and Freewheelin' Frank at Moe's Books and the Print Mint. Old central horizontal fold to both issues, o/w Very Good plus. More about "The Beginning Is The Human Be-In" + "Tune In/Turn Out/Be-In", two front page...
SF: privately printed, 1967. 4to. Printed in black on white smooth paper (there was a variant on textured paper). Old central horizontal fold; very faint staining to upper left side; small smudge to lower edge; o/w Very Good plus. More about "Pow Wow A Gathering Of The Tribes For A Human Be-In". Original handbill designed by...
SF: privately printed at the Bindweed Press, 1967. 4to. SIGNED by Stanley Mouse along right edge. Reproduces the Holy Man 'third-eye' poster, based on the photograph by Casey Sonnabend, printed in purple and gold on white stock. One of four colour combinations printed. Slight discolouration to verso; minor marking at corners; o/w Near Fine. More about "A Gathering Of The Tribes For A Human Be-In". Original handbill designed by Stanley...
SF: Double-H Press, 1967. 4to. Printed in black on pale brown stock (there was also a variant on white stock). Features a central illustration of five Native American Indians set within ornamental borders. For many years the design was attributed to Be-In co-organiser, Michael Bowen, who is credited in The Art of Rock (2.216), but this is now known not to be the case. Another variant of this handbill featured a map of Golden Gate park in the centre. Faint crease along left edge, with minor lower corner crease, o/w Near Fine. More about "Pow-Wow A Gathering Of The Tribes For A Human Be-In". Original handbill announcing the...
14.8x20cm. Printed in black on pink stock, recto only. Billed as a "Re-enactment of the world's great religious myths using psychedelic method: Media mix, molecular phrasing, pantomime, lights, sound, film and lecture", the show consisted of Leary sitting onstage with Jackie Cassen and Rudi Stern's light show behind him, and a musician playing a sarod as he retold the story of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha. Old, faint central horizontal fold; eight old pinholes to corners and edges; o/w Very Good plus. More about Original handbill announcing Timothy Leary's Psychedelic Celebration Number One, with Leary...
SF: The Bindweed Press, 1967. Printed in dark blue and deep pink on thin cream coloured card stock. 50.7x36cm. SIGNED by Michael McClure in the lower right corner. Illustrated with photographs of Jean Harlow and William H. Bonney ('Billy the Kid'), and lists the cast of McClure's one-act play as Billie Dixon and Richard Bright. Also prints quotes from Norman Mailer, Kenneth Tynan ("a milestone in the history of heterosexual art"), and Allen Ginsberg ("juicy and exuberant"). The first night was a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union, and the list of ticket outlets printed in the..... More about An original poster announcing performances of 'The Beard' at the California Hall, San Francisco,...
Beautifully SIGNED in gold ink by Stanley Mouse on Bob Seidemann's front cover photograph of him. Contains "The Social History of the Hippies" (22pp.) by Warren Hinckle, and features a full-colour title page printing Wes Wilson's "Hippies", designed specially for this issue. The numerous colour photos include Jerry Garcia, the Thelin brothers, Allen Cohen, Timothy Leary, Bill Graham, Ken Kesey, Acid Tests, the Trips Festival, the Human Be-In, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Velvet Underground, Haight-Ashbury scenes, and more. Hinckle's sneering put-down of the hippie counterculture in the cover story did not go down well in the..... More about RAMPARTS Vol. 5, #9 (SF: March 1967
Printed in red and black on medium dark rose thin card stock. 50.4x32.9cm. Illustrated with a drawing of a naked woman leaning over a flower, and a circular astrological-looking sign with the words "The Family That Smokes Together" running around its circumference. Upper right corner prints a short verse on "this delightful herb", and the shop's slogan, "Smile, Baby, You're Not Alone!" appears in the lower left. Near Fine. More about Original poster advertising the Weed Patch, a head shop selling rolling papers, ornate roach...
Printed in black on pink colour paper. 27.9x19cm. Illustrated with photographs of Jean Harlow and William H. Bonney ('Billy the Kid'), lists the cast of Michael McClure's one-act play as Billie Dixon and Richard Bright, and prints quotes from Norman Mailer, Kenneth Tynan, and Allen Ginsberg. Slight age-toning to edges, o/w Near Fine. More about An original handbill announcing a production of 'The Beard' at the Wharf Theatre, San Francisco,...
Ed. Allen Cohen. Tabloid newspaper format, 48pp. The Houseboat Summit issue, first edition (with pennant-shaped bannerhead and photo credit for Paul Kagan). Colour back cover art by Rick Griffin. Contains "Changes", the complete transcript of a taped discussion of counterculture ideals amongst Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts and Gary Snyder before an invited audience (including some Diggers) in Alan Watts' houseboat home in Sausalito on February 5, 1967. Illustrated with psychedelic artwork and several photographs of the participants by Paul Kagan. Also includes full-page ads. for the Grateful Dead's debut LP; Big Brother & The..... More about SAN FRANCISCO ORACLE #7 (March 21, 1967
Original 'Family Dog' psychedelic poster from early 1967 featuring a photograph by Paul Kagan of a naked couple embracing, overprinted with a colourful swirling paisley pattern, neatly evoking the spirit of the era by linking San Francisco's openness to Eastern influence with its ethos of sexual freedom. Its title, the Tantric 'Yab-Yum', is a fundamental concept of Buddhism, expressing the process of joining insight with compassion. 72x55cm. Reproduced in the San Francisco Oracle #7. Fine. More about YAB-YUM
Original psychedelic poster designed by Victor Moscoso announcing the "Spring Mobilization 'Clean-In' in the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood". SF: Neon Rose, 1967 (#15 in the Neon Rose series). Printed in orange, green, pink, blue and yellow on white stock. 35.7x50.8cm. SIGNED by Oracle editor Allen Cohen in the lower margin. The 'Clean-In' was organised by the Haight Independent Proprietors (HIP) to appease old-time residents who had been complaining of the growing accumulation of litter in the neighbourhood, and to raise awareness for the 1967 Spring Mobilization against the Vietnam War. The first Haight 'Clean-In' took place a week after the..... More about CLEAN-IN
An original badge stating 'San Francisco April 15, 1967', with an illustration of a flower growing from the peace symbol. Printed in white on a blue (Viet Cong) ground. 3cm. diameter. The march began on Market Street and ended at Kezar Stadium near the western end of Haight Street, where the crowd gathered to hear Coretta King, preceded by music from Judy Collins and, courtesy of the Diggers, Country Joe on his flatbed truck. Verso slightly tarnished, o/w Near Fine. More about SPRING MOBILIZATION AGAINST THE WAR
Designed by Gut (pseud. Allen Terk). Printed in orange and green on white paper. 15.3x11.7cm. The event was held to celebrate marijuana, as reflected in the artwork's stylised marijuana leaves. As well as listing the line-up, the handbill also promised "Barefoot dancing on the grass" and "Free Seeds" (possibly informing Richard Brautigan's idea for "Please Plant This Book" [item #15]). Quicksilver Messenger Service headlined on the Saturday and Big Brother & The Holding Co. on Sunday, with support from, among others, The Charlatans, Country Joe and The Fish, the Steve Miller Blues Band, Congress of Wonders, Wildflower, and..... More about FESTIVAL OF GROWING THINGS. Original handbill announcing the two-day event held at Mt. Tamalpais...
SF: Double-H Press, 1967. Printed offset litho, with central oval pink-tinted photograph of idealised hippie surrounded by four adoring young female flower children, embellished with a purple border of psychedelic lettering and floral pattern. 57x37.2cm. Gomez also designed 'Optical Occlusion' for the Family Dog, a poster announcing Big Brother & The Holding Co. (FD93). Near Fine. More about HAIGHT-ASHBURY LOVES YOU. Original psychedelic poster, designed by Joseph Gomez
SF: Idlewild Publishing Co., 1967. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 80pp. Photo-book containing 100+ b/w photos of the San Francisco hippie scene, including shots of The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Haight Street, the HIP merchants' Clean-In, the Print Mint, Drogstore Café, a face-painted Country Joe on anti-war demo, the Human Be-In, numerous hippie folk, and more. Top right corner crease to front cover; wrappers slightly rubbed; gift inscription to top right corner of title page; o/w Very Good plus. One of the scarcer documents from the period. More about The Hippies
SF: H-B Publications, 1967. First edition. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. 8pp. Illustrated. The London-born former college professor's parodies of popular songs, reworked in a hippie vein, as regularly performed by him throughout the 'Summer of Love' in San Francisco. Very Good plus. More about Haight Ashbury Song Book: Songs of Love and Haight (As Sung by the Author in Golden Gate Park
Front cover art by Peter Max. Contents include Ralph Gleason's essay, "The Power of Non-Politics or the Death of the Square Left" (7pp.), a well-illustrated feature on the Haight scene, the Diggers, etc. + "Flower Power: An Interview with a Hippie" (7pp., illus.) by Helen Brown and Jane Seitz (Louis Rapoport, "a twenty-four-year-old San Francisco hippie who heads Berkeley Bonaparte, a hippie poster firm", is interviewed in New York). Photo of The Grateful Dead by Bob Seidemann/Mouse Studios. Also: the complete text of Michael McClure's "The Beard"; Terry Southern; Boris Vian; Allen Ginsberg - "Beginning of a Poem..... More about EVERGREEN REVIEW #49 (NY: October 1967
Also: Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising" stolen from the Straight Theatre (+ still of Lenore Kandel in a scene from the film); the Zen Mountain Center (1pp.); Jefferson Airplane (1pp.); ad. for The Doors at the Berkeley Community Theatre (October 15), illustrated with a photo of the band; movie ad. for 'The Trip'. Old central horizontal fold; slight age-toning, o/w Very Good plus. More about Report announcing the upcoming "Death of Hippie" and "Rebirth of Free Men"...
Original handbill announcing a meeting at Haight and Masonic on October 8 (1967) for "Those interested in marching anti-hippie death and for more hippie power", signed "Jerry". 28x21.5cm. Printed in aniline purple on buff coloured stock. The author expresses his regret upon learning of the 'Death of Hippie' movement and the closure of the Psychedelic Shop (a reference to the Diggers' 'Death of Hippie' ceremony and Ron Thelin closing his shop on October 6) and gives "the official word to end the Vietnam war", urging "Flower children, continue to wear your beads and flowers; continue to live in..... More about DEATH OF HIPPIELAND OR PSYCHEDELIC SHOP?
NY: Award Books, 1968. First edition. 4to. 64pp. Colour wrappers illustrating hippie badges against a photo-collage of hippies. Includes "exclusive photographs from the notorious Haight-Ashbury district by the photographer who lived among the hippies" (cover blurb). Contains hilarious anti-hippie diatribes from a doctor, police officer, judge, social worker, hippie landlord, journalist, and Hell's Angel. Profusely photo-illustrated throughout. Brief lexicon of 'Psychedelic Slanguage'. Faint top right corner crease to front cover, o/w Fine. More about The Great Hippie Hoax: A Scalding Indictment of the Phoney Movement That Has Trapped Thousands of...
Prints three colour photos of Haight Street scenes to front of the card (incl. the Blushing Peony boutique), with the words 'Hippie Scene', and blurb about the "Hashbury" scene to verso - "sometimes referred to as the world headquarters of the hippie revolution". Near Fine. More about Original colour postcard showing the Haight-Ashbury hippie scene, c. 1967/68
Chicago: Quadrangle, 1968. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. 282pp. The Washington Post journalist's account of the hippie subculture and Haight-Ashbury scene, based on the period he spent there during the 'Summer of Love'. Von Hoffman was among the first reporters to focus on the hippie community of Haight-Ashbury, and his interviews - conducted in his usual suit and tie - led some Haight residents to wonder if he was an undercover 'narc'. The contemporary review in Newsweek described the book as "a rare example of journalism that approaches art in one direction and the best of social science in another." Very..... More about We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1968. First edition. 284pp. Contains 15 interviews from the Haight-Ashbury during its heyday, including Ron Thelin, Lenore Kandel, Peter Berg, Peter Cohon, Tsvi Strauch, Steve Levine, and Wes Wilson. 22 photo-illustrations, including several of the participants who feature in the book. Preceded by Gertrude Stein's 'Lost Generation' and Jack Kerouac's 'Beat Generation', the label 'Love Generation' originated, ironically, from San Francisco police chief Thomas Cahill, who came up with the term during a meeting with the HIP merchants in January 1967. A teacher at SF State and a poet formerly associated..... More about Voices From The Love Generation
NY: Signet, 1968. First edition (p/b original). 208pp. Sympathetic study of hippies in the Haight-Ashbury and elsewhere, their use of LSD, etc. Cover photograph by Michael Hilsenrad (from the San Francisco Oracle) shows nude hippie woman in lotus position nursing baby. Includes "A Hip Glossary For The Uptight People" (5pp.). Age-toning to edges; short crease to upper left corner of lower wrapper; o/w a Near Fine, unread copy. More about The Hippies
NY: Ace, 1971. P/b original. 189pp. Memoirs of a former biker who became drawn into the "acid-love culture and became one of the leaders of the Diggers". Superior portrayal of the period. Reading creases and slight slant to spine; lower corner front cover ringhole punch, o/w Very Good. More about The Sign Of The Fool: Memoirs From the Haight-Ashbury, 1965-68
Palo Alto, CA: Ramparts Press, 1975. First edition. Red cloth. 220pp. Illustrated. Introduction by Robert Scheer. From manager Bill Graham, through Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Emmett Grogan, everybody gets a mention in this account of one of the most important '60s radical theatre groups, as told by its founder. Near Fine in dw. (short, closed tear at crown of spine). More about The San Francisco Mime Troupe: The First Ten Years
Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts, 1980. First edition, softcover issue. 4to. 184pp., including 8pp. colour insert. Foreword by Michael McClure. Remains the best photo-documentary of the Haight scene, taking in all the main participants and events: the Diggers; The Grateful Dead; The Family Dog; Richard Brautigan (with his Digger mirror for tourists to look into); the Oracle; the Psychedelic Shop; the Free Clinic; the San Francisco Mime Troupe; Bill Graham and the Fillmore; the Trips Festival; Summer Solstice; Love Pageant Rally; and the Human Be-In. Near Fine. More about The Summer of Love. Haight-Ashbury at its Highest
NY: Random House, 1984. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. 308pp. + 16pp. photo-insert. Front cover colour photo by Don Snyder. An authoritative history of the Haight-Ashbury, 1965 to 1968, by a former staff writer for Rolling Stone who lived in the neighbourhood during the period and participated in many of the events he chronicles. Very Good plus in dw. More about The Haight-Ashbury. A History
Santa Rosa, CA: Squarebooks, 2000. New edition from Baron Wolman's imprint. 4to. Wrps., 144pp. Foreword by Baba Ram Dass. SIGNED and inscribed on the title page by the photographer to Country Joe McDonald: "Joe - you were there and we all did our best to educate the world we are moving forward. Lisa Law 6/17/01". Features many of Lisa Law's excellent photographs (some of them in colour) chronicling the Haight scene and the Human Be-In, along with Monterey, Woodstock, Dylan, and more, together with commentary and reminiscences from Allen Ginsberg, David Crosby, Paul Krassner, Peter Coyote..... More about Flashing On The Sixties
SF: The Diggers c. October, 1966. Original Digger handbill. 28x21.5cm. Printed in black on red stock. An apparently drug-induced stream of consciousness tract, signed 'The Diggers', probably written by Emmett Grogan. Old, very faint central vertical and horizontal folds; minor age-toning to right edge; light handling wear, o/w Very Good plus. One of the earliest Digger broadsides. More about COOL CRANBERRY HORSEHAIRED MOUTH CLUTTERED WITH APPLE CORES
Original Digger broadside, designed to resemble a clip and save coupon. Possibly printed after the Diggers' 'Death of Money & Rebirth of Haight' parade on December 17, 1966 (the first Digger event to make the newspapers). 35.2x21.6cm. Prints both sides of a dollar bill and the front and back of a Selective Service System Registration Certificate [military conscription]. Tiny nick to right edge; impression from paper clip to top left edge, o/w Near Fine. (Notes From A Revolution, p.22 - actual copy illustrated). More about MOMENTO - ICONS OF A DEAD CIVILIZATION --- CLIP OUT AND SAVE
SF: Communication Company, 1967. A double-sided handbill reprinting two of the earliest Digger broadsides. Single sheet of yellow ring-hole punched paper, gestetnered on both sides. 28x21.5cm. One side prints four interlinked poems co-authored by New Yorkers Emmett Grogan and Billy Murcott (originally printed on the mimeograph machine in the SDS office at the SF Mime Troupe rehearsal space). It begins with a free verse discourse on 21-year old Elaine Esposito, in a coma since the age of six, followed by repeated staccato lines beginning "THE ESTATE means it", each one followed by the name of a significant person..... More about AND NOW I LIVE AND NOW MY LIFE IS DONE MY LIFE NOW AND I LIVE DONE/TIME TO FORGET
SF: Communication Company, c. early 1967. Original handbill. Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. A long screed, probably written by Emmett Grogan, critiquing commodity capitalism and affirming the Diggers' ideals - "Through FREE diggers expose the lie of the oppressive rationality of commodities and affirm their human superiority… when it is no longer bought with money, the commodity lies open to criticism and modification. Affluence is by no means natural or human, it is simply an abundance of goods." Two old horizontal folds; 3cm. closed tear to left edge; slight handling wear and light creasing. Overall, Very Good. More about TERM PAPER: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POETRY AND REVOLUTION HAS LOST ITS AMBIGUITY
Original Digger broadside, c. January 11, 1967. Legal sized sheet (35.5x21.5cm.). Printed in black on pale green paper. Announces a "Meat Meeting at Glide Memorial Methodist Church", San Francisco, at "9PM Wednesday Night", signed "Diggers Diggers Diggers", with a list of 21 names of others "also there", among them Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Richard Alpert, Michael Bowen, Timothy Leary, Ronnie Davis, Daniel Rifkin, Ron Thelin, Jay Thelin, Chet Helms, Tsvi Strauch, Chester Anderson, Mouse and Gut. Old central horizontal fold; some age-toning, esp. to lower half, with 1cm. closed tear to upper right corner, o/w Very Good. More about ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
Original handbill announcing a benefit reading for the Diggers on January 12, 1967 at Deno & Carlo, a small bar on Vallejo Street in North Beach, San Francisco. Printed in black on twiltone pink stock. 28x21.5cm. Design by Richard Brautigan, featuring illustrations of cartoon flowers and a central image of an all-seeing eye encircled by the words "!Free! We love you !Free! We love you!", with scattered around it the names of some of the participating poets. Among them were Lew Welch, Gary Snyder, David Meltzer, Lenore Kandel and Brautigan himself, who first suggested the event to the..... More about SAN FRANCISCO POETS BENEFIT FOR THE DIGGERS
SF: Communication Company, January 28, 1967. Original handbill, printed in black on white paper. 28x21.5cm. An early and succinct expression of the Diggers' core philosophy, and a direct link to their English forebears. A copy of this handbill held at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, bears a handwritten note by Chester Anderson: "the diggers are a non-organization of radical hippies. They believe & practice freedom -- which includes feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, befriending the stranger, &c &c, all for free, that being their thing." Small lower right corner paper..... More about IF YOU'RE NOT A DIGGER YOU'RE PROPERTY
SF: Communication Company, January 28, 1967. An original handbill printing an anonymously written polemic by Chester Anderson. Printed in black on white stock. 27.8x21.6cm. Anderson's controversial broadside was issued on the day of Timothy Leary's much-anticipated Psychedelic Celebration at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. In it, he implicitly denounces Leary's self-appointed status as a psychedelic leader and urges acid-heads to commit "psychedelic rape" by surreptitiously introducing non-users to LSD, forcing "them to be free" in order to promote "social evolution". Adopting a similar approach to that of the Merry Pranksters, Anderson calls for a crusade, "an explosion..... More about EVERY TIME SOMEBODY HAS TURNED ON A WHOLE CROWD OF PEOPLE AT ONCE, BY SURPRISE…
SF: Communication Company, January 28, 1967. Legal sized sheet (35.5x21.5cm.). Original broadside. Printed in black on white paper. "How come we haven't done it to the Establishment? Why are we trying to persuade the Establishment that we're all Nice hippies, Picturesque hippies, Beautiful hippies, Harmless hippies. Why are we going through this Uncle Tom routine?" A lengthy, anonymous tract (Chester Anderson?) promoting the idea of giving acid away for free, even dropping "it in any unguarded coffee cup", issued at the time of Timothy Leary's Psychedelic Celebration Number One at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, January..... More about IF ACID DOES WHAT WE KNOW IT DOES, WHY HAVEN'T WE TURNED EVERBODY ON?
SF: Communication Co., January 28, 1967. Original handbill, one of several issued to coincide with Timothy Leary's Psychedelic Celebration Number One at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Printed in black on white paper. 28x21.5cm. Some partial offsetting and discolouration; tiny nicks to upper left side; o/w Very Good. More about INVITATION TO THE PSYCHEDELIC COMMUNITY put up or shut up
SF: Communication Co., January 28, 1967. Original handbill, printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. Reads: 'The time has come to be free. ****BE**** ****FREE**** Do your thing. Be what you are. Do It. NOW This is our secret weapon. This is how to do it. And it's groovey.' The Digger Archives cite this handbill as being the "Earliest publication of phrase 'Do your thing' ". Faint age-toning to lower left and lower right edges; minor handling wear; o/w Very Good plus. More about THE TIME HAS COME TO BE FREE
Original handbill designed by Dave Hodges. SF: Communication Company, February 1967. Printed in blue, red, and yellow on white stock. 28x21.5cm. This now legendary event, "a 72-hour environmental community happening" held at the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco on February 24, 1967 was the Diggers' response to the Human Be-In, organised with co-conspirators the Artists Liberation Front. It featured music by the Orkus'tra and poetry readings by Michael McClure and Lenore Kandel. The Com/co gestetners were used to produce the Diggers' own newspaper, the John Dillinger Computer, edited by Richard Brautigan (an early example of the counterculture's..... More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS
Original handbill (February 1967). Printed in purple and black on pinkish twiltone stock. 28x21.5cm. Reproduces a wildly hand-drawn text, the words 'Invisible Circus' and 'Free' in large purple-coloured lettering, with the remainder in black. A last-minute, pre-event handbill printed on the Com/co Gestetners upstairs at the Glide Church, mentioning "The John Dillenger Computor" (sic) along with the Artists' Liberation Front, Lion Priests and the Wind Spinners. Fine. More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS
Original handbill, probably produced by the John Dillinger Computer during the Invisible Circus (February 1967). Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.6cm. Reads like a cut-up by Burroughs on acid. The end is left hanging, but it's probable that there was no second page. Fine. More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. Stop The Whore Machine… Installment One This Is Outrageous… Revolution Now
Original handbill produced by the John Dillinger Computer (February 1967). Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. A dense, seemingly William Burroughs-inspired cut-up text, beginning "nova mob take over seems likely repeat nova mob takeover". Fine. More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. flash flash FLASH flash may day condition red
Original handbill produced by the John Dillinger Computer (February 1967), requesting the removal of litter. Printed in black on pale yellow stock. 28.5x21.5cm. Fine. More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. Flash From The Daily Ache
Original handbill produced by the John Dillinger Computer (February 1967). 28.5x21.5cm. Printed in black on pink stock. Illustrated with a simple drawing of a face amidst the waves of the sea. Towards the end the event split into different segments, with other events held at a warehouse in the Financial District, Aquatic Park in Fisherman's Wharf, and, as announced in this handbill, Playland at Ocean Beach (near Golden Gate Park). Fine. More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. Are You Going To The Ocean?
Ed./pub. Max Scherr. Newspaper format, each 12pp. Includes Chester Anderson's lengthy letter on racial segregation in Haight-Ashbury; features on The Love Conspiracy Commune; Happening House's Cosmic Egg happening; Trip Without a Ticket at the Diggers' free store; news of Jerry Rubin's mayoral campaign, the Berkeley Provos, the Spring Mobilization, and the arrest of Chet Helms; an article by Lenny Lipton on the Canyon Cinema Co-op and experimental film; and more. These issues are also remembered for Max Scherr running satirical stories, letters and spoof ads. claiming that dried banana skins contained 'bananadine', a fictional psychoactive substance..... More about THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. 2pp. cover story on the Invisible Circus + further Digger-related articles...
SF: Communication Company, 1967. Legal sized sheet (35.5x21.5cm.). Printed in black on white paper. Illustrated with a group of stick figures. A broadside signed "A Family of Diggers" advising runaways "under 18" to "use the address of the free store (901 Cole) or the psych shop as the return address… [because] the cops have been busting a lot of houses". The third Digger Free Store, 'Trip Without A Ticket', opened at 901 Cole Street in late February 1967, by which time the number of runaways arriving in San Francisco was escalating significantly, many of whom were given support..... More about IF YOU ARE OR IF YOU KNOW ANY RUNAWAYS
SF: Communication Company, 1967. Printed on recto in black on orange paper stock. 28x21.5cm. First printing, with mention of The Diggers as participants: a later printing had their name partially erased in an unsuccessful attempt to assuage their objections (one of which was the entrance charge), and a further edition prints a 23-line 'correction' by Com/co on the verso. Lists music by the Steve Miller Blues Band, Dino Valenti, and The Orkus'tra; lights by The Lysergic Power & Light Company; Happenings by The SF Mime Troupe, Alan (sic) Dienstag & The Pack, and the Diggers; and poetry by..... More about BEDROCK ONE. Original handbill designed by Robert Crumb for the Communication Company's benefit...
Printed in black on off-white stock. 28x21.5cm. Lists music by the Steve Miller Blues Band, Dino Valenti, and The Orkus'tra; lights by The Lysurgic (sic) Power & Light Co.; happenings by The SF Mime Troupe and the Diggers; poetry by Richard Brautigan & the Caped Crusaders, "Plus surprises... Minors & CIA agents welcome". Slight age-toning to edges, o/w Fine. More about BEDROCK ONE. Rockdance-Environment Happening Benefit For The Communication Company. Original...
Printed in black on brown stock. 25.4x17.3cm. Illustrated on one side with a photograph of interracial hands grasping a naked female torso. Lists "Richard Brautigan & the Caped Crusaders", along with the Steve Miller Blues Band, Dino Valenti, The Orkus'tra, the SF Mime Troupe, the SF League for Sexual Freedom, "the diggers you & I et al". Tiny, unobtrusive pinholes to top corners, o/w Near Fine. (Notes From A Revolution, p.15). More about BEDROCK ONE. Original handbill announcing Bedrock One ("a rockdance-environment happening...
Printed in black on green stock. 28x21.5cm. Designed by LB Johnson, with event details embedded in an intricate, psychedelic artwork resembling a Rorschach test inkblot. Near Fine. More about BEDROCK ONE. Original handbill announcing Bedrock One, the Communication Company benefit held at...
7.1x13.1cm. Printed on recto only in black on pale yellow stock. A Fine copy of this rare item of Bedrock One ephemera. More about BEDROCK ONE. Original Bedrock One ticket, printed by the Communication Company for the benefit...
SF: Communication Company, March 24, 1967. Original double-sided handbill. Printed in black on pale blue coloured stock. 28x21.5cm. Prints a photo-illustration of Mana Pardeahtan holding one of his handpainted earthenware pots. The verso prints a retraction to an earlier broadside by Com/co decrying Pardeahtan as a police informer, correcting it with an accurate description of him as a member of The Native American Church. Pardeahtan, who joined the Church in 1948, had recently been busted for possession of peyote (the favourite psychedelic before Owsley started making LSD), and the ensuing court case provided the foundation for..... More about CORRECTION MANA IS COOL!
SF: Communication Company, March 27, 1967. Original handbill, issued in response to the city of San Francisco's health director (the aptly-named Ellis D. Sox) ordering intensive health inspections in the Haight following reports of various diseases spreading through the area. Printed on the Communication Company's Gestetner and sponsored by the Family Dog and the San Francisco Oracle. 28x21.5cm. Black ink on 3-hole punched pale yellow stock. Illustrated with the Family Dog insignia and a simple drawing outlining the street blocks in and around the Haight neighbourhood. The text exhorts everyone to participate in the..... More about OBSTRUCTION
SF: Communication Company, March 27, 1967. Original handbill, gestetnered in red and black (there was also a variant in purple and black). Illustrated with an image of a Plains Indian on horseback in full headdress. Lew Welch's Digger manifesto, and his response to the overcrowding in Haight-Ashbury, in which he suggests living in tribes of fifteen or fewer - "Communal 'families' of 5 adults… and the natural number of children thereby made" - and keeping on the move - "Disperse. Gather into smaller tribes. Use the beautiful public land your state and national governments have already set up..... More about A MOVING TARGET IS HARD TO HIT
SF: Communication Company, c. early April 1967. Original handbill. Printed in black on 3-hole punched pale peach coloured stock. 28x21.5cm. Probably issued following Grogan's return from New York in early April 1967 (he left San Francisco shortly after the Invisible Circus). Prints a characteristically sarcastic comment, "so what", signed "the diggers". Fine. (Notes From A Revolution, p.51). More about EMMETT GROGAN IS BACK!
SF: Communication Company, c. April 1967. Original handbill. Printed in black on 3-hole punched pale yellow stock. 28x21.5cm. A slogan combining Claude Hayward's anarchist sentiments with a self-deprecating warning from Chester Anderson about those who were supposedly guiding the counterculture. Tiny nick to lower edge, o/w Near Fine. (Notes From A Revolution, p.55). More about FUCK THE COMMUNICATION COMPANY
SF: Communication Company, c. early April 1967. Original handbill. Printed in red, black and blue. Illustrated with a psychedelic, stylised face and helmet. 28x21.5cm. Owsley Purple was considered by many to be the best acid, and it seems possible that the flyer was made in response to the police stopping and searching Owsley's car for drugs at the time of his visit to Millbrook in April 1967 (by which time Timothy Leary's home was under round-the-clock police surveillance). Vertical crease and age-toning along left edge; small brown mark to lower right; o/w Very Good plus. (Notes..... More about SHINING SILVER BADGE WITH BIG BLACK GUN HITS LOVELY PURPLE HEAD
SF: Communication Company, April 8, 1967. Original handbill. Printed in black on 3-hole punched pale blue stock. 28x21.5cm. Reads in part: "M.G.M. cameramen, here to film RIOT ON HAIGHT STREET, reputed to be PASSING OUT FREE ACID to make the action more 'Authentic.' It's a bribe, but I'm an easy lay for free acid. Considering the kind of cats they are & where they're at &c, it probably isn't even true. A cheap rumor calculated to produce a picturesque crowd." Fine. Provenance: Ralph Gleason Archive. (Notes From A Revolution, p.141). More about FREE ACID!
SF: Communication Company, April 13, 1967. Original handbill. Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.6cm. Announces a meeting of the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council to debate a proposal to turn Haight Street into a mall, and prints a list of other recommendations, including a "Bus tour of the real Haight-Ashbury… to show historical landmarks & our diverse life." Fine. Provenance: Ralph Gleason Archive. More about HAIGHT MALL-IN?
SF: Communication Company, c. April 1967. 4to. Four gestetnered sheets of white paper stapled at top corner, printed in black, rectos only. A Digger leaflet providing extensive legal advice, concluding "There are also S.F. Ordinances against virtually anything you can think of. An important one being a curfew for minors. Stay off the streets after midnight. Since the Mayor has declared war on the hippies, you can expect constant harrassment. It is expected that there will be large numbers of undercover agents operating in the Haight-Ashbury neigborhood. WATCH FOR THEM." Near Fine. More about THE RULES OF THE GAME WHEN YOU'RE BUSTED
SF: Communication Company, May 1967. Original gestetnered handbill with psychedelic lettering. 28x21.5cm. A solicitation for donations of beads for Country Joe & The Fish to give away on their upcoming tour of the East Coast, which immediately followed their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967: "Spread Hippie Culture". Fine. More about COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH WOULD DIG TO HAVE BEADS TO GIVE TO KIDS AS THEY DRIVE EAST
SF: Communication Company, May 1967. Original handbill. Printed in green on white stock. 28x21.6cm. Free food was at the heart of the Digger ethos, and this handbill announces a free dinner on May 1 at the Family Service Agency on Gough St. (founded in 1889 as Associated Charities, the first general, nonsectarian relief organisation in San Francisco). Three days later, the Diggers offered free spaghetti to office workers on the steps of City Hall. Very faint lower left corner crease, o/w Fine. Provenance: Ralph Gleason Archive. More about SPAGHETTI DINNER FREE - FREE
SF: Communication Company, 1967. Original double-sided handbill.Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. A paean to zucchini, with one side printing an invitation to a 'Zuccini Feast', and the other a detailed recipe and the exhortation, 'Eat Free Eat Free'. The Diggers' distribution of free food, their first life-acting intervention, began in the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park in late September/early October 1966, and continued on a daily basis for more than a year (sometimes with the help of Richard Brautigan). Free food was central to the Diggers' philosophy ("free because it's yours"), and their activism was an..... More about ZUCCINI FEAST EAT FREE