SF: privately printed (by Bob Carr and Wes Wilson), 1966. Two oblong sheets (one pink, one blue) folded together to make an 8pp. pamphlet. Measures 17.8 sq. cm. when folded. Cover mandala by Bruce Conner. Parts of the programme's text were written by Stewart Brand who, together with Ken Kesey and Ramón Sender, first conceived the festival in late 1965. Their intention was to bring Kesey's Merry Pranksters (of whom Brand was an associate) and the burgeoning psychedelic scene together with the more technology-oriented approach of the media art collective USCO (with whom Brand was also linked) and..... More about Original programme for the 3-day Trips Festival, held at the Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco...
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Ed. Jan C. Rowan. 4to. 270pp. The magazine lives up to its name with the inclusion of a 7pp. article titled "LSD: A Design Tool?", which features "verbatim reports by architects and the design uses to which they put their psychedelic experiences", illustrated with Californian architect Eric Clough's sketches of an art centre "designed under the influence of mescaline" (Clough later helped found an intentional community called the New Family Society in British Columbia). One of the architects, San Francisco-based Neill Smith, reported that he "felt the effects of my two experiences with LSD to be positive and..... More about PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE (NY: August 1966
Tabloid newspaper format. 16pp. An early article on the artists' community, first established in Southern Colorado in 1965. Also: full-page 'Slum Goddess' Edie Sedgwick, including two photographs; Sheldon and Diane Rochlin's film, 'Vali' (w. photograph of Vali Myers); John Gruen on 'The New Bohemia'; John Wilcock's 'OtherSeens'; the Enkakuji Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura (2pp.); Ted Berrigan on the death of Frank O'Hara; Miles's report from London (mentions of Barbara Rubin, the London Free School, DIAS, Hung On You, and Granny Takes a Trip); Mark Lane; more. Old central horizontal crease, o/w Very Good plus. More about "Geodesic Gypsy City", a half-page article (incl. photo) on Drop City, in THE EAST...
Ed. Richard Schechner. 8vo. Wrps., 248pp. Illustrated throughout. Contains a 20pp. contribution from the media art collective USCO consisting of full or double-page text-based collages ('poem sculptures'). One of them, "We Are All One", probably by Steve Durkee (Stewart Brand's former roommate and mentor), features the group's spiritual guru, Meher Baba (it was also the title of one of their multimedia performances). Another incorporates an image of Stewart Brand's badge, "Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?". A self-described fringe member of USCO, Brand originally conceived the phrase in March 1966 during an acid..... More about "Our Time Base is Real" in TULANE DRAMA REVIEW T33 (New Orleans: Fall 1966) - Film and...
Features colour photographs of USCO environmental 'be-ins', Millbrook artists Jackie Cassen and Rudi Stern, and the famous front cover shot of Richard Aldcroft wearing translucent hemispheric goggles experiencing his 'Infinity Machine'. USCO was an acronym for Us Company, or the Company of Us. Also: Loudon Wainwright. Top corner crease to back cover and last few pages, o/w Very Good. More about "Psychedelic Art", 9pp. front cover feature in LIFE Volume 61, #11 (Chicago: September...
A short survey of "the psychedelic 'revolution' in the visual arts" by Jud Yalkut, the resident filmmaker at the USCO commune in Garnerville, in which he refers to the recent Life magazine feature and mentions Marshall McLuhan, Timothy Leary, Tony Conrad, Jordan Belson, Acid Tests, Expanded Cinema, the Dreamachine (Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville), and William Burroughs. Also: Al Hansen on the recent Destruction in Art Symposium in London, in which he participated (2pp., 3 photos); Lawrence Alloway on taboo and 'hipster' symbolism in the films of Roger Corman; Robert Smithson: "Quasi-Infinities and the Waning of Space" (4pp.);..... More about "The Psychedelic Revolution: Turning on the Art Trip" (2pp.), in ARTS MAGAZINE Vol. 41,...
Ed. John Esam. Art direction by Jon Goodchild. Also: "New York Portfolio" of photographs by David Larcher, featuring Allen Ginsberg, The Fugs, Andy Warhol, Peter Max, and others; "Art & Inner Space" (incl. a poster by Marijke Koger); Miles on Wilhelm Reich's early work; 2pp. b/w spread of Oz-related art by Martin Sharp; more. Near Fine. More about "USCO" (5pp., photo-illustrated), in IMAGE (London: Spring 1967
Original flyer announcing an installation by USCO at The Black Gate, New York City, May 4-6, 1967. 27x21.5cm. Design probably by Aldo Tambellini. Ink inscription to upper edge of verso reads: "Guest (2) Jud Yalkut" (faint offsetting to lower part from folding). Aldo Tambellini and Otto Piene opened The Black Gate in March 1967 in the space above The Gate Theatre in the East Village, and dubbed it the first 'Electromedia' Theatre in New York. Its name probably derived from Tambellini's fascination with blackness, expressed in his Black Film Series in which he painted directly on film. He..... More about Openings by USCO: A Projection Environment
SF: Communication Company, March 1967. First edition, first issue, with faint background text and 'Loudspeaker Current' diagram. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. Brautigan wrote the poem in January 1967 while he was poet-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology and it was the first poem he gave to Com/co. In it, he envisions a utopian future of cybernetic ecology and harmony between nature and machine that later proved inspirational to the early computer hackers (in the original sense of the term). Its title was adopted by Loving Grace Cybernetics, the company behind Lee Felsenstein's Community Memory Project, a people's electronic bulletin..... More about All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
SF: Communication Company, March 1967. First edition, second issue, with bold illustration consisting of hand-drawn small animals and a photograph of a mainframe computer. Broadside. 28x21.5cm. The choice of imagery may have been inspired by Norbert Weiner's book, 'Cybernetics, Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine', in which he argued that the behaviour of all organisms, machines and other physical systems is controlled by their communication structures. Published in 1948, the book introduced the concept of cybernetics (a term Brautigan invokes three times in the poem), a formative influence on Stewart Brand that would later..... More about All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
NY: Bantam Books, 1967. First edition, mass-market p/b issue. 160pp. Illustrated throughout (including Steve Schapiro's double-page shot of The Velvet Underground/Exploding Plastic Inevitable in performance). A landmark in book design that gives visual expression to McLuhan's idea that technologies are the messages, not the content of the communication, and that computers constitute an extension of the human nervous system. The book's title uses the term 'massage' in a revision of his famous dictum "the medium is the message", and in it McLuhan argues that while the individual may feel soothed or relaxed (massaged) by modern media, the impact..... More about The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
NY: Columbia Records, 1967. LP record (CS 9501), original stereo issue. The recording combines selections from the book featuring the voices of Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel, Elisabeth Lohman, Ann Lynn, and seven others, together with an eclectic mix of musical samples and original musical accompaniments composed by John Simon. Originally broadcast on WBAI-FM, New York in May 1967. Disc excellent in slightly ringworn, Very Good sleeve (short split to lower seam). More about The Medium is the Massage
Chicago, IL: Society of Typographic Arts, 1967. LP record (919S-7200). A vinyl recording of Buckminster Fuller's talk given to the Society of Typographic Arts in Carbondale, Illinois, April 4, 1965, released as "a limited edition keepsake for the STA." The album's title refers to Fuller's method of giving lectures in which he learned to "think out loud" rather than make special preparations or pre-write them. The gatefold sleeve's front cover shows one of the geodesic domes built by students on the campus of Southern Illinois University "as a demonstration of the 'Tensegrity' principle." Inside sleeve prints two photographs..... More about Thinks Out Loud
Printed on blue and grey paper respectively, each measuring approx. 8x21cm. The World Design Science Decade was inaugurated by Buckminster Fuller and John McHale in 1965 at the meeting of the International Union of Architects in Paris, which was, Fuller stated, devoted to "applying the principles of science to solving the problems of humanity". The 'Think-In', a variation on Marshall McLuhan's idea of the 'Teach-In', coincided with the six-month-long Expo 67 in Montreal, for which Fuller designed a giant geodesic dome. It's unclear if Fuller was in attendance for the event in London, but it seems possible since..... More about Two tickets for the World Design Science Decade Think-In held at the London School of Economics,...
Medford, Mass.: The Modern Utopian, 1967. First edition. 8vo. Stapled wrps., 32pp. + 8pp. Directory Supplement loosely inserted. Included among the communities and organisations listed are: the Castalia Foundation; Neo-American Church; Psychedelic Information Center; Computamate; Contact Computer Dating; Data-Mate; National Nudist Council; Golden State Sunbathing Association; Sexual Freedom League; Free University of New York; Legalize Abortion; Women's Strike for Peace; and in the supplement: Satanist Church (Anton LaVey); Drop City; USCO; Introduction by Computer (Menlo Park); the Diggers; Haight-Ashbury Models Society; Kerista; and the Society of Single Standard Sex Snobs. Minor wear to wrappers, o/w Near..... More about 1967 DIRECTORY OF SOCIAL CHANGE: Intentional Communities, Psychedelic Churches, Scientific...
Ed. Charles Cropsey. 4to. Each 66pp.-70pp. Glossy magazine format. Photo-illustrated throughout in colour and b/w. The first four issues of Elysium Institute founder Ed Lange's magazine (named for the ancient Egyptian symbol for life), an attempt to blend naturism with sexual freedom and the burgeoning hippie movement: "Fed on a scientific diet of psilocybin and lysergic acid, it now thrives to the consternation of the generation which gave it life. From San Franciso's Haight-Ashbury to New York's East Village... the Love Generation is in full swing" (from the editorial in the first issue, which contains numerous photos of..... More about ANKH #1-4 (LA: Elysium Inc., Summer 1967-Spring 1968) + original 'GrOw NAKED Elysium' badge
Tabloid newspaper format. 32pp. Ed. Stan Russell. A Yale graduate, Republican supporter and former stockbroker, Gridley Wright established the Strawberry Fields commune near Malibu in early 1967, envisioning it as "a place of accelerated evolutionary change" where anyone could smoke marijuana and drop LSD freely, "like a psychic vitamin". Several months later, after a pot bust and the destruction of the main commune house in a fire, Wright embarked on a nomadic existence, drifting through Asian ashrams and American communes, before forming the Shiva Lilas, a creepy polyamorous child-centric cult heavily influenced by LSD. After their..... More about A 7pp. interview with Gridley Wright, the mentor of the psychedelic tribe 'Strawberry Fields', in...
Newspaper format. 24pp. The interview, conducted by EVO editor Walter Bowart in Theobald's New York apartment, discusses inter alia hippies, cybernetics, LSD, and Theobald's early advocacy of a guaranteed basic income for all (UBI). Also: Allen Ginsberg quote from 'Howl'; Mike Jahn on Richie Havens; pot legalisation; "Acid Burned a Hole in My Genes", 1pp. on the effects to human chromosomes from LSD use by Joel Meltz; UFOs; diagram for 'how to build a tipi'; the Tompkins Square Smoke-In; ads. for the Psychedelicatessen, Free School of New York, The Community Breast at the Village Theatre (The Fugs, Paul..... More about "Eekonomic Howl", a 4pp. interview with economist and futurist Robert Theobald in THE...
Tabloid newspaper format, 24pp. Ed. Stan Russell. "In response to questions from our readers, the Oracle asked Gene how a tribe starts, how it endures, and how a person can go about dropping out of the suburbs into a working tribe…". The Om Foundation community was located in a small valley above Carmel, California, and the Oracle's financial backer, Ed Lange, owned the Elysium Institute in Topanga Canyon (see item #16; also, item #198 for more on both Ed Lange and Gene Carlson). Also: Thad and Rita Ashby on "The Yoga of Sex and the Magic Mushroom" (5pp.);..... More about "Birth of a Tribe", an extensive 9pp. photo-illustrated interview with Gene Carlson of...
Tabloid newspaper format, printed in different colour inks. 30pp. Ed. Allen Cohen. The City of God issue, featuring speeches by Buckminster Fuller and Robert Theobald. Also: a long poem by Stephen Levine, and "Environment for Expanded Awareness", a lengthy text by architect Neill Smith (see item #2). Red overprinted on yellow front cover, with a pinkish tint overall. Small lower corner loss to back cover, o/w Very Good plus (unfolded). More about SAN FRANCISCO ORACLE #11 (December 1967
Ed. Brion Mitchell, Cate Mitchell, Malcolm Ross, and others; co-ordinated later by Ken Lyons. Foolscap. Silkscreen two-colour covers (and some internal pages and centrespreads); unbound stencil-duplicated sheets. Each 20pp. A group of 10 issues of Hapt (from 27 published), a magazine produced by the English Diggers and considered at the time to be the best of the free magazines (Bitman #1 described it as a "very fine free revolutionary mag"). Together with: a special Hapt issue on drugs (14pp.), with a mimeographed Hapt Bulletin laid in (c. summer 1968), and "communications network release", an autograph manuscript written at..... More about HAPT #2, #8, #10, #13, #16, #18, #20, #22, #25, #26 + Hapt on Drugs (London/Stroud,...
Newspaper format. 16pp. Following their move to the country from Notting Hill ("the City wasn't conducive to community living"), the piece describes The Tribe of the Sacred Mushroom as "England's first hippy rural commune" and quotes "the Tribe's scribe", Lynn Darnton (who had previously lived with the Exploding Galaxy at 99 Balls Pond Road): "… we find the combination of beautiful country surroundings and a macrobiotic diet has made the use of acid totally unnecessary." Also: LeRoi Jones's jail sentence; review of Captain Beefheart at Middle Earth (+ photo); 'New Music Supplement' (4pp.), including texts on Stockhausen, Boulez..... More about Short feature quoting Lynn Darnton, illustrated with a photograph of two members of the commune...
4to. Illustrated boards. 120pp. Other features include sections on Millbrook and psychedelic art (USCO, Allen Atwell), plus colour photographs by Don Snyder, including a full-page shot of Bobby Beausoleil standing on the steps of 'The Russian Embassy', the house in San Francisco he shared with Kenneth Anger. Also: 4pp. on The Beatles. Back cover and fore-edge slightly spotted, o/w Very Good. More about A 28pp. photo-illustrated section on 'The Hippies', including 6pp. on Lou Gottlieb and the...
Newspaper format. 16pp. The first UK appearance of this prose piece, originally written for the first issue of the Japanese counterculture newspaper Buzuku (trans. Tribe) in 1967. Unlike Marshall McLuhan's warnings about the re-tribalisation of modern technological society, Snyder's view was more optimistic, arguing that "Nationalism, warfare, present-day heavy Industry and Consumership are already out-dated and useless…. The 'Revolution' has ceased to be an ideological concern. Instead, people are trying it out right now - communism in small communities, new social organizations." Snyder attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon twenty years before Steve Jobs (both studied under the..... More about "Why Tribe?", front cover + 1pp. in INTERNATIONAL TIMES #28 (London: April 5, 1968
Ed. Peter Cook. The 'Popular Pak' issue, designed to coincide with the 14th Milan Triennale and themed around population and self-sustaining environments. Unnumbered folded b/w sheets of various sizes loosely contained in original printed yellow card folder. Contributors include Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron, Geoff Taunton, Michael Webb, and Peter Cook, whose editorial statement reads (in part): "Archigram is the mouthpiece of a group of architects, designers, environmental researchers... (what's in a name?), based in London and the United States, the first issue was produced in 1961 as a protest sheet, and all issues have..... More about ARCHIGRAM #8 (London: 1968
Ed. Monica Pidgeon. Contents include an extensively illustrated 23pp. guide to inflatables compiled by five Architectural Association students, ranging from industrial objects (car tyres, gas containers, warehouses) to hoverplanes, experimental domes, and wearable 'suitaloons', and featuring designs by Frei Otto, Piers Gough, Victor Lundy, Frankenstein Group, and Walter Bird. Also includes a manifesto statement by members of Utopie's editorial group, and 'La Pneumatique', a separate 5pp. section devoted to projects by three members of Utopie - Jean Aubert, Jean-Paul Jungmann, and Antoine Stinco - the organisers of 'Structures Gonflables', an installation of inflatables that opened in Paris in..... More about The special 'Pneu World' issue of ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Volume XXXVII (London: June 1968
London: Studio International, 1968. First edition. Lge. 4to. Glossy magazine format, 104pp. + subscription form. Illustrated in b/w throughout. A Studio International special issue, "published to coincide with an exhibition dealing broadly with the demonstration of how man can use the computer and new technology to extend his creativity and inventiveness", a pioneering event three years in the making, curated by Reichardt and held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London between August 2 - October 20, 1968. The cover art, exhibition, poster, invites and various tickets were all designed by Franciszka Themerson, and two original numbered..... More about CYBERNETIC SERENDIPITY: The Computer and the Arts + two tickets + original digital print
4to. 48pp. Ed. Richard Neville. Petrakis was an Anti-University of London faculty member (his course was titled 'The Dynamics of Social Change'), contributed to International Times, and co-founded and edited Phoenix New Life Poetry. Also: Martin Sharp and Michael English; an interview with Allen Cohen about Meher Baba; "Rock Aesthetics" by Richard Meltzer; more. Staples slightly rusty, o/w Very Good. More about "Down on the Farm", a 2pp. article on how to start a commune, citing urban and rural...
Original flyer announcing a Hog Farm show ("A Radical Rush Party"), held on September 13, 1968 at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (though these details are not given). Printed in black on off-white paper stock. 14.2x21.5cm. "The Hog Farmers need help -- lend a hoof… take a total stranger to lunch… hold hands and talk to the unknown". In "The Hog Farm and Friends" (item #152), Wavy Gravy refers to the event on p.37/38, and describes how Ken Babbs had driven to Albuquerque "in his big Army bus" to rescue David La Breun's stricken Light..... More about The Hog Farm Presents Weird Friday 13th
4to. Unpaginated (44pp.). Illustrated. Ed./pub. Dick Fairfield. "In this issue - Yoga of Love, Sexual Fascists, Nudism, Total Sexuality & other really good stuff", including an article by Jefferson Poland reprinted from Intercourse #3. A loosely inserted single sheet of pink paper printed by the recently formed Group Marriage Community at Harrad West in San Francisco invites readers to "Tell us about yourself, whether single or couple, children if any, and what you might expect of group marriage." Other articles include Joyce Gardner (a key figure in the anarchist movement) on her move to the Cold..... More about THE MODERN UTOPIAN Vol. 3, #2 (Berkeley, CA: Winter 1968-1969
Sm. folio, except March 1971 supplement (sm. 4to). Wrps., each 32pp.-452pp. Illustrated throughout. An unbroken run of 15 issues of the Whole Earth Catalog, including supplements, from the second full edition of Spring 1969 through to the Whole Earth Epilog, published in October 1974. Lacks the first edition (September 1968) and its two supplements (January and March 1969). The Whole Earth Catalog was started by Stewart Brand following his summer 1968 tour of communes across the Southwest with mathematician Lois Jennings. Their Dodge pickup, laden with samples of goods for sale, became known as the Whole Earth Truck..... More about WHOLE EARTH CATALOG (Menlo Park, CA: Portola Institute, Spring 1969-October 1974
Corrales, New Mexico: Lama Foundation (1968), 4th ptg. July 1970. Sm. folio. Side-stapled, 40pp. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings. Printed text both machine-composed and handwritten type. A now scarce publication (in any printing) in which Baer, the designer of the dome housing at Drop City, published his construction recipes, thereby setting in train a small countercultural building boom. "This tabloid contains the crystallographic theory and junkyard practice behind Baer's domes" (Whole Earth Catalog). Front cover lists other Lama Foundation publications, including Buckminster Fuller's '4D Time Lock' (item #110). Partial off-setting to cover; slight age-toning along..... More about Dome Cookbook
Broadsheet newspaper (centre-folded, as issued). 10pp. Special 'Alternatives' issue, featuring John Bryan's editorial on voluntary communities, a 3pp. article by Joyce Gardner on Cold Mountain Farm in Vermont (reprinted from The Modern Utopian), and "Why Not Go Live in the Woods?" by Bradford Angier. Also: John Wilcock's Other Scenes dispatch from India; The Chamber Brothers; an interview with Sal Mineo; Summerhill; Jerry Hopkins; a review of Canned Heat, Pogo and others at The Shrine; ads. for Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Troubadour and Andy Warhol's 'Nude Restaurant' at Cinematheque 16 on Sunset. Newsprint slightly age-toned;..... More about OPEN CITY - Weekly Review of the Los Angeles Renaissance #86 (Los Angeles: January 10, 1969
Newspaper format in two parts (28pp. + 23pp.). Prints Fuller's "Comprehensive Design Strategy" (1967), Document 5 from The World Design Science Decade series of documents. Also: 'Psychedelic Psychiatry' (2pp.) by Marshall O. Zaslove, M.D. (who read Norbert Wiener when he was twelve years old); Dr. Hippocrates; Paul Schrader on Robert Bresson; Kenneth Rexroth; half-page ad. for The Seeds at Santa Monica Civic, w. photo of Sky Saxon; ads. for Dion plus Melanie at the Troubadour; Jackson Brown (sic) at Artie Fatbuckle's Cellar; full-page back cover ad. printed in blue for Led Zeppelin at The Rose Palace, Pasadena; half-page..... More about "Design Strategy" (11pp., illustrated) in LOS ANGELES FREE PRESS #250 (May 2, 1969
London: Thames & Hudson (1969), rpt. 1976. Oblong 4to. Plastic comb-bound wrappers, 120pp., with two large fold-out plates. Illustrated throughout. A work on space and geometry conceived by the author "as a working tool for students of the subject and in particular for the World Design Science Decade", a proposal initiated by Buckminster Fuller in 1965. Fuller endorsed Critchlow's lectureship at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1966, where he taught for twelve years and worked on various projects, such as pioneering the use of geodesic domes as emergency housing in disaster areas, and Critchlow..... More about Order in Space: A Design Source Book
Tabloid newspaper format. 32pp. Illustrated. The sixth issue of this countercultural publication, published sporadically between November 1968 and October 1973. Contents include a 3pp. feature on the Lama Foundation (w. photos by Paul Kagan); a short report from the Hog Farm; Taos news and 'The Communes of Taos' (1pp.); record reviews (the MC5), and music ads. ("Listen for the coming sounds of Pogo a new West Coast group"); Buckminster Fuller's 'Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth' reviewed; numerous ads. for hip stores and businesses, including The Albuquerque Marijuana Company ("The American cigarette industry is all set up to go..... More about THE ASTRAL PROJECTION Vol. 1, #6 (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Asociación Flor de Mayo, June 1969
10pp. cover feature, "The Youth Communes: New Way of Living Confronts the U.S." by John Stickney, illustrated with colour photographs by John Olson of hippies living in a commune "somewhere in Oregon". Less than three months after the magazine's publication, Charles Manson was found hiding under a bathroom sink in another quasi-commune, the Barker Ranch in the California desert, after which the mainstream media's interest in communes quickly began to fade. Mailing label removed from front cover. A slightly worn, Good plus copy. More about LIFE Volume 67, #3 (Chicago: July 18, 1969
Barre, VT: Greenfeel, nd. (c. 1969). 8vo. Mimeographed sheets, stapled in printed wrps., unpaginated (32pp.). Illustrated. Ed. Ron Norman & Antoni Jurkiewicz. A one-shot magazine, printing poems, short stories and articles on psychiatry, sex, art, and body-awareness. Greenfeel was a community in Vermont that wanted, as their magazine stated, "to live in a new way… to regain the animal use of our senses, making love to life." In 'Communes USA: A Personal Tour', Richard Fairfield noted that the commune "was begun by two young [male] bi-sexuals who had been working on an underground newspaper in Monterey, California." In..... More about GREENFEEL
Np. (San Francisco), nd. (1969). Newspaper format, printed in different colour inks. 16pp. One-shot (?) newspaper produced by the Messiah's World Crusade, a commune based on Oak Street in San Francisco whose leader, UFO watcher Allen Michael (aka Allen Noonan), claimed to have received his Cosmic Initiation in 1947. In the twenty years since, the paper states, he "has been working, writing, and finally creating a dramatic demonstration of the New Age Life" (though at the time of publication he was in jail, for the third time, following a pot and peyote bust). After an alleged encounter in..... More about MESSIAH'S WORLD CRUSADE: UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATOR
Newspaper format. 24pp. The Olompali Ranch commune was established in late 1967 by businessman Don McCoy on an estate north of San Francisco previously rented by the Grateful Dead. Its members, who called themselves the Chosen Family, held parties attended by the Dead (the back cover of 'Aoxomoxoa' features Thomas Weir's photograph of the band with prankster Ken Babbs and Olompali commune members), as well as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Hell's Angels, and the Diggers, for whom the commune baked bread for free distribution. Following two drug busts, an electrical fire in early February 1969 that destroyed the..... More about "Bummer This Summer", a 2pp. news article on the recent eviction of the final few...
LA: Sawyer Press, 1969. Original poster, printed offset litho in black on tan-coloured textured stock. 57.4 sq. cm. SIGNED by the artist in the lower right corner. Cobb's poster, which features his ecology symbol prominently in the centre, first appeared on the front cover of the November 7, 1969 issue of the Los Angeles Free Press, LA's underground paper to which he regularly contributed cartoons. The symbol was formed by combining the letter 'E' (for earth and environment) with the letter 'O' (representing wholeness and unity), forming a shape reminiscent of the Greek letter, Theta. Cobb's design subsequently..... More about Ecology
Ed./pub. Dick Fairfield. 4to. Unpaginated (28pp.). Illustrated. Fairfield's editorial states that from this issue on "The Modern Utopian will contain articles and information on intentional communities and communal living groups exclusively. There will be no materials on other subjects (other than book and record reviews) as in the past." Contents include articles on the Twin Oaks Community (9pp.); Bay Area group marriage commune Harrad West; group dating; 3pp. on youth commune Greenfeel (item #38); "Utopias U.S.A.", 5pp. on utopian experiments; Feraferia, a 'Paradisal Sanctuary' and "religion based on Nature Celebration and incorporating ecology, the arts, mythopoeia, and the..... More about THE MODERN UTOPIAN Vol. 4, #1 (Berkeley, CA: Winter 1969-1970
4to. Stapled wrps., 62pp.-198pp. Illustrated. The first 16 issues of this bi-monthly ecology magazine, founded in 1970 by John and Jane Shuttleworth and published from home on a shoestring budget. The opening three pages of the first issue reprints an early draft of Gary Snyder's environmental manifesto, "Four Changes", taken from the Whole Earth Catalog Supplement (September 1969), and both the simple artwork depicting outer space on the front cover and the magazine's appeal to the back-to-the-land movement echo that of Stewart Brand's Catalog. Mother Earth News emphasised do-it-yourself and how-to articles for rural living, with..... More about THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS #1 -16 (Madison, OH: January 1970 - July 1972
San Cristobal, New Mexico: Lama Foundation, c. early 1970. First edition. Lge. sq. 4to. Wrappers, printed on brown paper, with colour mandala paper label affixed to upper cover. Handbound with twine. The first edition of this enormously influential guidebook to enlightenment, a countercultural landmark that subsequently became a bestseller in a reformatted form under the title 'Be Here Now'. The book's origins, which feature words from a series of lectures given by Ram Dass in New York City, lay in his first trip to India in 1967, where the transformation from Richard Alpert to Ram Dass occurred. It..... More about From Bindu to Ojas
Ed. Peter Cook. Cover by Tony Rickaby. Ten oblong unnumbered sheets (each 25x41cm.), stapled at one end, with central fold to make booklet, accompanied by a packet of Night Scented Stock seeds. Printed in different colour inks on different colour paper stock. The final, ecology-themed issue ("Gardening and the easing of tension between the mechanical and the natural is a theme in this issue"), proclaiming: "We are following our dreams yet further and seeing now a gentler softer and more tantalising environment... the next move is with the activist, the opportunist and the inventor in league..."... More about ARCHIGRAM #9 (London: 1970
Foolscap, mimeographed, side-stapled. 51pp. Produced by Nicholas Albery of BIT Information Service as a means of communication between the various arts labs throughout the UK. This issue prints "Consciousness & Practical Action", Allen Ginsberg's address from the Dialectics of Liberation Congress held in London in 1967 (6pp.); plus "The Rebirth of Joy: The Arts Laboratory" by Miles; Transmedia Explorations; extracts from Andrew Rigby's interview with Robin Farquharson as part of his Communes Research Project (see also item #126); "The Alternate Ways", a 3pp. article on communes and tribes reprinted from HAPT #19; news from the Eel Pie Community..... More about ARTS LABS NEWSLETTER #7 (London: April 1970
Newspaper, folded, as issued. 44pp. Ed. Alan Marcuson. Also: William Burroughs on Dutch Schultz, Scientology, RD Laing, Bob Dylan, paranoia, deconditioning and more, with full-page photograph by Graham Keen; interviews with Michael X by Danne Hughes (3pp.), Quintessence (2pp.), Pete Townshend (4pp.), and Nico (1pp.); Mike Zwerin on Rip Torn; Hoppy on the Arts Lab; The Scratch Orchestra; John Esam; half-page Martin Sharp-designed ad. for 'Sharp Martin and his Silver Scissors' exhibition; qtr. page ad. for Hawkwind/Clearwater Productions; more. Lacks the Whole Earth Catalog supplement. Edges frayed; spotting to front cover, o/w Very Good, with stamp..... More about "Fuller's Earth" in FRIENDS #5 (London: April 14, 1970), a 2pp. transcript of an...
Newspaper format. 16pp. (incl. cover). Beckman, a self-described "fanatical sphericist", describes how he went about constructing his own geodesic dome (location not stated, but probably Bolinas, California), and recommends Steve Baer's 'Dome Cookbook' and Dyna-Strux of Arizona. Also: Heathcote Williams ("Love is Psychic Capitalism"); an interview with Allen Jones (1pp.); Keith Arnatt's TV project, "Self Burial" (1pp.); half-page ad. for Jerry Rubin's 'Do It!'; full-page extract from Allan Kaprow's 'Calendar of Happenings'; large ad. for Suck; cartoons; more. Both the origins of Collage and whether or not there were further issues is unclear, but it bears..... More about "Building a Dome Home" (2pp.) in COLLAGE Vol. 1, #1 (NY: 1970
Sm. Folio. Wrps., 48pp. (incl. cover). Ed. Walter H. Bowart. Illustrated. The first of only two issues of this metaphysical/ecological publication, founded by Walter Bowart (East Village Other) after he and his wife moved to Tucson in 1968 and established the Omen Press. This introductory issue "prophesies the pending doom of the planet and the subsequent aversion of that doom by wise human action." Contents include a page of quotations from Marshall McLuhan, Joseph Campbell and others; Richard Felger on world population numbers; "Ecolomentary" by Henry Still (on communications and technology); "Golden Age of the American Civilization" by..... More about OMEN Vol. 1, #1 (Tucson, AZ: Omen Press, 1970
First edition. Ed. Beryl Korot & Phyllis Gershuny. Folio. Wrps., folded, as issued. 24pp. (incl. cover). Printed in blue ink, with computer-derived image to front cover. Illustrated. The premiere issue of this video journal, featuring an editorial written by (publisher) Michael Shamberg, Beryl Korot and Phyllis Gershuny (who was introduced to video by John Hopkins in London), commenting on the relationship between power and control of information, and the importance of freeing television from corporate control (the journal's title referred to the content of information rather than to a computer programme). Contents include an interview with..... More about RADICAL SOFTWARE #1 (NY: Raindance Corporation, June 1970
Ed. Beryl Korot & Phyllis Gershuny. Folio. Wrps., folded, as issued. 24pp. (incl. cover). Printed in blue ink, with computer-derived image to front cover. Illustrated. 2000 copies of the first run were printed, most of which were given away, while about 700 were sold, distributed in person to bookstores across the country by Beryl Korot and Ira Schneider; this copy is from the second run of additional copies made in September 1970 (print run unknown). A little age-toning along centre fold; faint diagonal creasing to lower left back cover; minor handling wear; o/w Near Fine. More about RADICAL SOFTWARE #1 (NY: Raindance Corporation, second print run [September 1970], with new...
Newspaper format, printed in different colour inks. 32pp. Also: interview with Wilderness Road; the SF Mime Troupe; Free City Directory; half-page ad. for 'Performance'; more. Old central horizontal fold and some age-toning, o/w Very Good. Upper margin of front cover bears old mailing stamp for Mojo Entmooter (Greg Shaw and Suzy Shaw). More about "Karbondale Communes Krushed", a half-page article on the police raid on the Carbondale...
Ed. Gerard van der Leun. Tabloid format, folded, as issued. Quality stock covers printed in two colours, pages newsprint. First issue 32pp., all others 36pp. Illustrated. The second issue includes "Truckin' Toward Taos with Tootsie" by associate editor Jon Stewart, a 6pp. article based on his road trip to visit various communes in Taos (New Buffalo, Morningstar East, Lila, Lorien, and the Lama Foundation). In it, he reports on their communal activities and lifestyles, as well as the "three cultures of Taos" (hippies, Indians and Chicanos) and the local "hostility between the longhairs and the Chicanos"... More about THE ORGAN #1-9 (all published; titled ORGAN from issue #4 on). Berkeley, CA: Himalayan Watershed...
NY: Tower Publications, 1970. P/b original. 170pp. + ads. A sympathetic, semi-serious but partly leering potboiler aimed at the mass market, taking in commune dwellers such as 'Ralph', a pro-acid former MIT student well-versed in cybernetics, and his self-described community of "Electronic Literates", as well as 'Futz', a "plump, heavy-bosomed braless girl in a Northern California commune". Good plus (spine uncreased). More about The Youth Communes
Forestville, CA: The Paisley Shawl Publishing Co., 1970. First edition. Oblong 16mo. Wrps. (no h/c issued), 111pp. Illustrated throughout with drawings, old engravings and half-tone photo-illustrations. The book's introduction advises that the first thing to do is to plant a vegetable garden: "This will confuse the golphers [sic] and discourage your landlord from evicting you… Be sure to plant enough for bugs, birds and golphers, and enough to feed the commune." Recipes featured include "Psychedelic Hamburgers", "Alice's Mushrooms", "White Rabbit Carrot Cake", and "Good Karma Casserole". The authors ran a hippie craft shop in the '60s..... More about The Hippie Cookbook
NY: Macmillan/Collier Books, 1970. First softcover edition. 4to. 191pp. A sympathetic portrait of new commune culture by a senior editor of Look magazine, from its roots in Haight-Ashbury to the proliferation of communities throughout America (New Buffalo, Lorien, Heliotrope Free University, Shasta, the LA Free Clinic, Drop City, Libre, Lama, and more), accompanied by numerous photographs by noted photo-essayist and filmmaker, Dennis Stock. Back cover and lower spine severely creased. Fair only. More about The Alternative: Communal Life In New America
Los Gatos, CA: Pacific Domes, 1970, second printing (August 1970). Sm. Folio. Wrps., 56pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and diagrams. The countercultural bible of domebuilding, "Put together in 14 days at the Whole Earth Catalog production garage" by Shelter and Land Use editor for the Catalog, Lloyd Kahn, together with geodesic dome pioneer and fellow Catalog staffer Jay Baldwin, plus Kathleen Whitacre, Robert Easton et al, with help from Ant Farm, Zomeworks and many others. Describing itself as "our attempt at communicating the state of the art of domebuilding", the publication inspired countless commune builders..... More about Domebook One
Ed. Mary Peacock. Newsprint magazine format. 60pp. Illustrated throughout. The premiere issue of this counterculture magazine devoted to hippie fashion and lifestyle. Published by Baron Wolman (the editorial office was shared with Rolling Stone), and featuring his front cover photograph of Mimi Fariña and Milan Melvin (who had married two years earlier in Big Sur). Contents include a street fashion photo-feature; an interview by Wolman with early tie-dye artist Maureen Mubeem (6pp.); Betsey Johnson (4pp.); boots (3pp.); fashion illustrations by Albert Elia; the first American publication of James Sallis' first science fiction story, "Kazoo"; ads. (including..... More about RAGS #1 (SF: June 1970
Ed. Forrest Wilson. 4to. 231pp. Contents include "The World: Love It or Leave It", an 8pp. article on ecology and the recent celebration of the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970), with reference to (and drawings of) Paolo Soleri's projected experimental city, Archisonti. Also: front cover 10pp. feature on the effect the computer has had on architectural design ("From Pencil Points to Computer Graphics"), including the latest software, and mention of the URBAN 5 interactive system developed by Nicholas Negroponte at the MIT Media Lab. Front cover slightly creased, o/w a Very Good plus copy of..... More about PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE (Stamford, CT: June 1970
Ed. Forrest Wilson. 4t0. 152pp. Front cover prints a photograph showing the interior of Ant Farm's Environmental Structure at the Spring Equinox conference held at Freestone, California, in March 1970. The special 'Advertisements For a Counter Culture' themed issue, containing a glossy 24pp. colour insert assembled by designer (and Trips Festival collaborator) Gordon Ashby from the "outlaws and inlaws" who had recently gathered in Freestone at the invitation of Sim Van der Ryn "to learn to design new social forms, new building forms, that are in harmony with life… to build a floating university around the design of..... More about PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE (Stamford, CT: July 1970
Foolscap, side-stapled. 30pp. BITMAN grew out of of BIT, "the June 1968 brainwave of Hoppy in jail and the name is to indicate that BIT evolved out of International Times… though BIT also = Binary Information Transfer, 'the smallest unit of information that can be processed by a computer', in memory of the original aim of computerizing the service". This second issue, subtitled "Alternative Society Bible & Survival Manual and Classified Directory for Active Deviants", contains "News from Communes" (including the Eel Pie Island community and its Festival of Communes at the Roundhouse); "Ken Kesey Anti-Media & Anti-Revolution"..... More about BITMAN #2 (London: BIT Information Service, July 1970
London: Commune Movement/BIT Information Service, August 1970. Tall 4to. Mimeographed sheets, side-stapled, 48pp. Front cover art by Tim White of the Rochester Commune. The first 13pp. reprints the Commune Movement's introductory pamphlet, 'A Federal Society Based on the Free Commune' (probably written by Nicholas Albery), followed by a directory of approximately 75 communes throughout the UK and Europe, each entry accompanied by "a paragraph or short article about it" provided by the commune itself. Three supplementary sections list crashpads outside London ("communes are not crashpads"), information on mystical and New Age centres, and details of books on communes..... More about DIRECTORY OF COMMUNES AND COMMUNE PROJECTS, TRIBES, CRASHPADS, AND RELATED PHENOMENA IN GREAT...
Los Angeles: Aware Press, 1970. First edition (p/b original). 192pp. Cartoon illustrations by Doug Lovenstein. "A Trip To: Making love commune-style [20pp.]; Getting busted for pot; Body painting; Making sex films; The love life of a Groupie [Cynthia Plaster Caster]; Woodstock; Hair And Other Revolutionary Features of A New Kind of Life" (back cover blurb). Koontz, who later became a successful horror writer, originally submitted the book's manuscript to the Aware Press in 1969 with the title 'Going Underground', but after they arranged for it to be substantially re-written without his consent, Koontz forbade them to reprint or..... More about The Underground Lifestyles Handbook
NY: Grossman Publishers, 1970. First edition, softcover issue. Oblong folio. Prints 99 b/w reproductions of Magnum photographer Dennis Stock's images taken during his 1968 road trip in which he documented California's youth culture and the nascent communal living movement. In the preface he writes that "Technological and spiritual quests vibrate throughout the state, intermingling, often creating the ethereal." Following in the tradition of Robert Frank, his work also reveals the state's edgier flip side: one night shot shows a lone young woman selling copies of the Los Angeles Free Press on Sunset Strip, her dark mascara eyes staring..... More about California Trip
NY: Pocket Books, November 1970. First p/b edition. One of the essential '60s handbooks, in which Fuller calls for people to co-operate world-wide to share in developing and using sustainable resources in order to preserve them for future generations, and imagines the Earth as a spaceship requiring maintenance to keep it in good order: "We are all astronauts." A tight, unread, Near Fine copy. More about Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
NY: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1970 (second ptg., November 1970). 8vo. Red cloth. 432pp. Illustrated throughout with b/w photographs + 12pp. colour photo-insert. Introduction ("Expanded Cinema is the beginning of the new-era educational system itself") + "Inexorable Evolution and Human Ecology" by Buckminster Fuller. Synaesthetic, holographic, cybernetic and cosmic cinema: Jordan Belson, John Whitney, Stan Brakhage, Terry Riley, Paul Morrissey, Nam June Paik, Carolee Schneemann, Otto Piene, Stan VanDerBeek, Wolf Vostell, USCO, Jud Yalkut, Les Levine, Aldo Tambellini et al. A far-ranging and important work on experimental film and intermedia by the Los Angeles Free..... More about Expanded Cinema
Sm. folio. Wrps., 96pp. Newsprint pages, illustrated throughout. Ed. Sam Yanes. Mandala cover design by Ron Cooper. Intended for teachers and parents and subtitled 'Resources for Our Education', Big Rock Candy Mountain billed itself as "A Learning to Learn Catalog", directly inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog. It shared the same publisher and borrowed its format, but featured more in-depth articles (like the WEC it also aimed to establish networks to encourage user feedback). The intention was for it to appear twice a year, with four smaller supplements, though it's not known if these actually appeared (the first..... More about BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN (Menlo Park, CA: Portola Institute, Winter 1970
Ed. James Goode. Magazine format. 79pp., illustrated throughout, predominantly in colour, with fold-out poster "photographed at Lama Commune, Taos, N.M." Front cover colour photo of "Spectator, Isle of Wight" by David Hurn. The premiere issue of this countercultural magazine, founded by James Goode, a former articles editor at Playboy who created the Playboy Interview. Goode also established Earth News, a national alternative radio news service for rock stations, which his magazine advertised. The first four pages provide an almanac listing boutiques and hip stores in Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Cincinnati, followed by a...... More about EARTH Vol. 1, #1 (SF: Earth Publishing Corporation, December 1970
Sausalito, CA: Ant Farm Inc., late 1970/early 1971. First edition. 4to. Unpaginated. A hand-made volume consisting of 30 loose-leaf sheets (11 A3 folded, 18 A4, 1 A5), all except three of them double-sided, inserted into a transparent vinyl jacket. Printed by the Rip Off Press in San Francisco, with title on the cover sheet rubber stamped by hand. Written, designed "compiled and published November 10, 1970 to December 10, 1970" by Chip Lord, Doug Michels, Curtis Schreier, Hudson Marquez, among others, and originally sold via mail order in a limited edition of 2000 copies. The Ant Farm collective's..... More about Inflatocookbook: A Pneu-Age Techs Book
4to. Wrps., 68pp. + perforated page of mail-in subscription cards. Ed. Mildred Friedman; conceived and guest edited by John Margolies, whose (re-edited) invitation letter to the various participants is reproduced in black and red typewriter fonts on the front cover. The contributors, each of which provide their own biographies and all of whom were given "total freedom" to design their own submission, include Peter Eisenman ("Notes On Conceptual Architecture: Towards a Definition" [an essay on conceptual architecture in which the only texts are the footnotes]); Ant Farm (featuring their 'Inflatocookbook'); Archigram ("Instant City"); Archizoom ("No-Stop City Residential Park..... More about DESIGN QUARTERLY #78/79 - a Special Double Issue on 'Conceptual Architecture' (Minneapolis, MN:...
Canyon, CA: Canyon Collective, nd. (c. 1971). Tabloid newspaper format. 24pp. Illustrated. Contains an uncredited survey of alternative lifestyle options, featuring sections on shelter, clothing, land, transportation, community control, food, medicine, free schools, women's groups, the underground press, radio, guerrilla theatre, film, draft counselling and self-defence. Reprints an article by Marv Davidov of the Honeywell Project on Minneapolis-based computer corporation Honeywell and its manufacture of cluster bombs "and other hideous weapons" for use in Vietnam. Canyon, a remote location in the San Francisco Bay Area, became a centre of political and social protest and alternative lifestyles..... More about From the Canyon Collective
Canyon, CA: Canyon Collective, 1971. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps., 64pp. Illustrated with photographs, drawings and cartoons. A collection of articles on communes and collectives, mostly reprinted from the underground press, compiled with the intention "to share with others our feelings that this is one way to begin living the revolution today." Includes pieces on women's groups by the Bread & Roses Collective (Cambridge, Mass.); political communes; the Gay Liberation Front men's living collective; rural communities; food co-ops; Bobby Seale on communalism; more. Faint vertical crease to upper wrapper; dampstain to lower wrapper; o/w Very Good. More about Live It! Communalism
Ed. James Goode. Magazine format. 96pp., illustrated throughout in colour and b/w, with "East-West" fold-out colour poster by Sätty bound in. Front cover colour photograph of 66-year old Hopi, Bessie Etsitty Begaye. Contents include a 10pp. article on communes, accompanied by illustrations from 'Living On The Earth' by Alicia Bay Laurel (item #91), providing practical information and resources concerning shelter, domes, cooking, Food conspiracies, skills, services, films, periodicals, newsletters, books and more. Also: Alan Watts; an "Underguide" to hip boutiques and stores; excerpts from 'The Underground Guide to the College of Your Choice' by Susan Berman..... More about EARTH Vol. 2, #2 (SF: Earth Publishing Corporation, March 1971
Boston, Mass.: Boston Women's Health Course Collective/New England Free Press, April 1971. First edition thus. 4to. Illustrated wrps. Three gatherings of newsprint, side-stapled. 136pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and diagrams. The second printing of 'Women and Their Bodies', and the first with the title 'Our Bodies, Our Selves', a change intended by its authors to emphasise women taking full ownership of their bodies. The book was the first of its kind to be written by women, for women, and contains eleven sections devoted to various aspects of women's health and sexuality. Under headings such as Anatomy and..... More about OUR BODIES OUR SELVES: A Course By and For Women
The commune (referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven in the article) was devastated following an attack by a local vigilante group that led to the fatal shooting of Michael Press. Includes testimonies from Robert Esmob, Jake Finkelstein and Nelson Shifrin, three of the commune members who were attacked. Also: 3pp. interview with Lyle Stuart on the recent publication of 'The Anarchist Cookbook' (reviewed separately by Norman Spinrad) and more; Clay Geerdes on underground comic artist, Joel Beck; ads. for 'Buckminster Fuller on Spaceship Earth' at UCLA; Cat Stevens and Carly Simon at the Troubador; Linda Ronstadt at..... More about "Death in New Mexico", a 3pp. in-depth article by Michael Blake on the demise of the...
NY: The Olympia Press, 1971. First edition (p/b original). 162pp. Photo-illustrated. A near-contemporary history of the artists' commune in Colorado by early resident Peter Rabbit (aka Peter Douthit, poet and former Black Mountain College student), who chronicles its evolution through his own personal growth and change. Drop City was founded in 1965 by four art students and filmmakers from the University of Kansas and University of Colorado, inspired by the architectural ideas of Buckminster Fuller and Steve Baer. The group became known for their self-constructed domes made out of recycled materials ("the garbage of America"), and..... More about Drop City
24.7x19.2cm. The photograph was used to illustrate Ken Hartnett's syndicated series on the alternative society that ran in local newspapers across America during April-May 1971. Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams was best known for his Pulitzer-prize winning photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner on a Saigon street in February 1968. "Communal living" written out in ink to verso, along with a date stamp (April 29, 1971). Near Fine. More about An original glossy b/w press photograph by Eddie Adams, with printed caption to lower edge:...
Newspaper format. 12pp. Illustrated. Includes "Loving Collectively…", a feature printing articles "written by women living in men-women collectives" (3pp.): "We just got tired of being a house of hairy dope-oriented sex freaks. We slowly decided to put our fragmented psyches into a more collective form. We are a commune because it is an easy description of what we are trying to be - namely a family"; "too many men at dinner can be a real bummer, even when the men cook"; "In spite of four years now of women's liberation some men do not yet understand clearly enough..... More about COMMON WOMAN #5 (Berkeley, CA: nd. [April 1971
Ed. James Goode. Magazine format. 94pp., illustrated throughout in colour and b/w, with "Nativity" fold-out colour poster by Mati Klarwein bound in + front cover colour feature, "The Aleph Sanctuary of Mati Klarwein" by Tom Law (8pp.). Other contents include a column by Alan Watts; 4pp. "Underguide"; lengthy reviews of 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Zachariah'; a report on the clear up after the collision in January 1971 between two Standard Oil of California tanker ships by the Golden Gate (13pp.); "The Fugitive" by Jerry Kamstra, with photography by Gene Anthony (8pp.); Bill Graham by Richard Dean Rosen (4pp.); "Head..... More about EARTH Vol. 2, #3 (SF: Earth Publishing Corporation, May 1971
Quarto. Wrappers hand-sewn with yarn Japanese style. Printed offset, with different texture and colour papers and inks. Holograph texts reproduced in facsimile. Pagination varies (6pp.-18pp., including cover, with one double-page fold-out). Illustrated with drawings, photographs, cartoons, and occasional handwritten additions and one insert. A broken run of 26 issues of this 'intercommunal newspaper', first published in April 1969 by the Sutter Street Commune in San Francisco. The Commune, which followed Digger principles and later became known as the Kaliflower Commune after the weekly newsletter it produced, was founded in 1967 by writer and editor, Irving Rosenthal, who also..... More about KALIFLOWER Volume 3, issue numbers...
Bolinas, CA: Pacific Domes, May 1971. First edition. Sm. folio. Wrps., 128pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and diagrams. Layout and drawings by Robert Easton. A sequel to 'Domebook One', highlighting the structures that Lloyd Kahn built with students at Pacific High School, an alternative/experimental school in the Santa Cruz foothills, and providing comprehensive instructions for building shelter out of a wide range of different types of dome. Like its predecessor, it became a staple of the Whole Earth Catalog's 'Shelter and Land Use' section. Also includes an extensive interview with Buckminster Fuller, conducted in Los Angeles in..... More about Domebook 2
Ed. Beryl Korot & Michael Shamberg. Folio. Wrps., folded, as issued. 28pp. (incl. cover). Printed in blue ink, with cover art by Andy Poynor. Illustrated. The third issue, with its main theme of grassroots television. Contents include contributions from Gregory Bateson ("Restructuring the Ecology of a Great City", 2pp.); Paul Ryan on the need for an information economy, and "Cybernetic Guerrilla Warfare", an article that inspired Michael Shamberg, one of the founders of the video collective Raindance Corporation and originator of the term 'Guerrilla Television'; the Videofreex "Media Bus"; "Sound Structures" by Liz Phillips; "Tentative Design for a...... More about RADICAL SOFTWARE #3 (NY: Raindance Corporation, Spring 1971
Ed. James Goode. Magazine format. 96pp. Illustrated in colour and b/w throughout, with fold-out poster bound in ("The Great Indian War Game Series #31" by William Anderson). Contents include "The Arcology of Paolo Soleri", an 8pp. report from Arcosanti in Arizona by Christopher Smallwood; a column by Alan Watts; an "Underguide" to New York (5pp.); review of 'Play Power' by Richard Neville (with b/w photo of Oz editors in school uniforms) + 7pp. photo-illustrated extract from the book's "On the Road to Kathmandu" section; an extensive feature on "Jesus Freaks" (10pp.); Vietnam helicopter medic Jerry Noack (7pp.); clothes..... More about EARTH Vol. 2, #4 (SF: Earth Publishing Corporation, June 1971
Ed. Beryl Korot & Megan Williams. Tabloid format, stapled. 79pp. Wraparound cover art designed by Ant Farm, printed in blue and orange. Illustrated. The issue was put together "in three locations by three separate groups of people" and contains a dense compilation of reports and proposals from Canadian and California-based video and alternative media groups. Contents include a 4pp. article, "Biotopology 1972", by Warren Brodey (a Canadian psychiatrist and pioneer in family therapy who had previously done related work in cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and interactive computer systems); two pieces with a media ecology theme, "The Nutritive..... More about RADICAL SOFTWARE #4 (NY: Raindance Corporation, Summer 1971
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville & Keith Godard. Tabloid newspaper format. 20pp. Cover logo by Ron Barnett. A special edition of The Aspen Times, created as a participatory record of the 1971 International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado, and conceived, assembled and designed by Sheila Levrant de Bretteville with fellow California Institute of the Arts faculty member, Keith Godard. The newspaper's pages are organised by days (Sunday to Thursday), with sections on Design Games, Films, and Miscellaneous, and it was made available at the end of the week after the comments and drawings it printed had been solicited from..... More about IDCA 71: SPECIAL EDITION OF ASPEN TIMES (June 20-24, 1971
Newspaper format in two parts (20pp. + 16pp.). Also: the trial of Ruchell Magee and Angela Davis (2pp.); the Berkeley National Committee to Combat Fascism; the Free Clinic; "Getting Together" by the Bread & Roses Collective (Cambridge, Mass.); the Peace Brigade; full-page ad. for the Free University of Berkeley (courses offered included "Origins of Women's Oppression" and "Encounter for Communes & Collectives"); an ad. for the Whole Earth Access Company, a countercultural retail store on Shattuck inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog that opened in 1969 and lasted until 1998; more. Old central horizontal fold, o/w Very Good. More about Extensive feature and front cover ads. for upcoming festival, "Berkeley's Interdependence...
A report on the 'Demise Party' held at the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts in the San Francisco Marina district on June 12, 1971, an event organised by Stewart Brand to celebrate what he thought would be the final edition of the Whole Earth Catalog and its publishing project. "At around 10.30pm, the 'exact nature' of the educational event was 'revealed' in a fell stroke of Brandian genius that at once made everything fall into place… Brand, who had spent the last three years providing the movement with access to tools, was now presenting it with the heaviest..... More about "The Last Twelve Hours of the Whole Earth" (3pp., photo-illustrated) in ROLLING STONE...
Albuquerque, New Mexico: self-published, 1971. Folio. Loosely bound. 24pp. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings. Front cover reproduces R. Buckminster Fuller's 'Dymaxion Map', and the opening statement reads: "Fuller's World Game is central in understanding the development of hydroponics in the future." A countercultural DIY publication resembling a Whole Earth Catalog supplement extolling the virtues of hydroponics (growing plants without soil), and providing practical advice "so that people can use it". It concludes with the hope that "Hydroponics could prove to be the basis for an entirely new framework for a sane society by making more efficient the..... More about Hydroponics!
NY: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1971. First edition. 8vo. Qtr. cloth. 412pp. + two 8pp. photo-inserts. An extensive first-person account by drop-out journalist Robert Houriet of his 1969 tour of dozens of rural communes, written in the form of autobiography, diary, and study, and illustrated with photographs by Lawrence Kanevsky, who accompanied the author for the majority of his journey. Divided into nine parts, each one covering an individual community or a group of related communities, and featuring interviews with communards at High Ridge Farm (Oregon), New Buffalo (New Mexico), Libre (Colorado), Harrad West (California), and Twin Oaks..... More about Getting Back Together
Los Altos, CA: William Kaufmann, Inc., (1971), revised edition, 1974. 4to. Wrps., 128pp. Illustrated throughout with rubber stamps, clip art and diagrams, including a "Traveler's Map". A metaphorical travel guide to creative problem-solving in which the authors/designers adapt the lessons of cybernetics and apply them in a "user-friendly" approach to problem-solving 'Soft Systems': "The goal of The Universal Traveler is to translate what began as a simple organizational realization and grew to become a highly specialized, computer assisted mathematical and statistical discipline for solving complex world problems, back into an easy-to-learn language for everyday use" (from the introduction)..... More about The Universal Traveler. A Soft-Systems Guide to: Creativity, Problem-Solving and the Process of...
NY: Vintage Books, 1971. Second edition (originally published by Bookworks in 1970). 4to. Wrps., 193pp. + index. Illustrated with Rapid-O-Graph drawings throughout. One of the earliest guides to alternative living, intended "for people who would rather chop wood than work behind a desk so they can pay P.G. & E.", and written while the author was living on the Wheeler Ranch commune near Occidental in Northern California in 1969. Includes sections devoted to nomadic lifestyles, simple shelters, outdoor kitchens, hand sewing, homemade dyes, leatherwork, organic gardening, woodcarving, recipes, herbal medicine, midwifery, making musical instruments, dress patterns and candles..... More about Living on the Earth
NY: Pyramid Books, 1971. First edition. Oblong 8vo. Wrps (no h/c issued), 128pp. Cover and illustrations throughout by Peter Max. Foreword by Peter Max; introduction by Vathsala. Prints vegetarian "recipes for joyful living", along with occasional inspirational quotes about food and health from various spiritual leaders and texts. The collaboration between Max and Vathsala arose following the former's visit to the Yoga Institute during an exhibition of his art in LA, where "they both discovered they were dedicated to 'the Truth and right now' ". Faint reading creases and two small stains to spine, o/w Very Good plus. More about The Peter Max New Age Organic Vegetarian Cook Book
Ed. Dick Fairfield. 4to. 186pp. Illustrated throughout. The first version of Fairfield's extended tour of nearly forty American communes, subsequently published in a revised edition by Penguin Books (item #109). This original edition includes his report from Millbrook ("my first direct experience with a genuine hippie-psychedelic commune"), not included in the Penguin book, and numerous photographs, some full-page, several of which did not appear in the paperback. The eight sections (which differ from the Penguin edition) include New Age Religious Communes (Lama Foundation, including an interview with Steve Durkee, formerly of USCO; Messiah's World Crusade [see..... More about THE MODERN UTOPIAN: COMMUNES, U.S.A. Special 3-in-1 Issue, Vol. 5, #1, 2 & 3 (SF:...
SF: Alternatives Foundation, 1971. Edited and with an introduction by Dick Fairfield. 4to. Wrps., 196pp. Illustrated throughout. A compilation of writings drawn from The Modern Utopian and elsewhere, divided into seven sections, each "dealing with an aspect of the search for a better life." Chapter titles include: Technology & Utopia; Psycho-Culture; Living Your Own Vision; Gestalt Communes; Communal Nests; Erotic Evolution; Yoga, Love & Orgasm; Losing Your Mind; Letting Go; Awareness Techniques; How To Start a Free School; and Distribution Wealth. The Cosmic Consciousness section includes a Guru Symposium (with Steve Gaskin, among others) and interviews..... More about MODERN MAN IN SEARCH OF UTOPIA
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1971. First edition. 144pp. A contemporary study of commune culture in America, from "free folk" to the Weathermen, tracing its roots to the Utopian communities of the 1700s. Very Good plus in dw. More about The New Communes: Coming Together in America
Point Reyes, CA: Farallones Designs, 1971. First trade edition (distributed by Random House). Sq. 4to. Wrps., 144pp. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and diagrams. The book documents the Odyssey School Initiative, a project established by Sim Van der Ryn at UC Berkeley's Department of Architecture in which graduate students collaborated with local elementary school teachers and students to restructure classrooms and playgrounds using salvaged materials. An extensive section on geometry and dome building, inspired by Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House and Lloyd Kahn's Domebook One, shows several examples of domes (from models to full-size structures) built from a variety..... More about Farallones Scrapbook
Chicago: Playboy Press, 1971. First edition. 4to. Wrps., 198pp. Illustrated in colour and b/w throughout. Contains material which had first "appeared in somewhat different form in Playboy magazine" between 1964 and 1971, divided into four sections under the headings 'New Life-Styles', 'Drugs', 'Music', and 'Politics'. Contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Horowitz, Nicholas von Hoffman, Jules Siegel (10pp. on the communes in Taos, with colour photos), and Shel Silverstein, plus an interview with Peter Fonda (17pp.), and the Playboy Panel on the drug revolution, featuring William Burroughs, Alan Watts, Baba Ram Dass, James Coburn, Harry J. Anslinger, and..... More about THE YOUTH CULTURE: Rock, Sex, Communes, Superstars, Drugs, Comix & a Far-Out Playmate Foldout
NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. First edition, softcover issue. 4to. 108pp. Cover and book design by Ant Farm (with whom Shamberg collaborated in the video 'supercollective' TVTV). Illustrated with drawings, diagrams, photographs and video stills throughout. Former Time-Life correspondent Michael Shamberg co-founded the Raindance Foundation in 1969, a self-described "alternate culture think-tank" that embraced video as an alternative form of cultural communication. His book tells "how we can break the stranglehold of broadcast TV on the American mind… how low-cost portable video-tape cameras, video cassettes, and cable television can be used to design alternate television networks that..... More about Guerrilla Television
Ed. Monica Pidgeon. Also: "Instant City, Ibiza" (6pp.); Superstudio: "Twelve Cautionary Tales for Christmas. Premonitions of the Mystical Rebirth of Urbanism" (6pp., illustrated front cover feature); Peter Cook on "75 New Architects" (incl. Piers Gough, Diana Jowsey, Philip Wagner), 10pp.; more. Covers slightly rubbed and marked; lower right corner crease to front cover; o/w Very Good. More about Two photo-illustrated articles on the Libre Commune in Colorado and the Lama Foundation in New...
Ed. Monica Pidgeon. Also includes a 3pp. article on recent projects by the Chrysalis Corp. experimental group, featuring a full-page colour photograph of their Pneudome, and their Inflato-dodecahedron, Domenut, and Videovan + "Saddles and Domes" (2pp.); "The Ecological House" (2pp.); housing in Camden; recycling (the Whole Earth Catalog, McLuhan's Global Village); Richard Long; more. Very Good plus. More about Pneumatics and Atmospheres", a 7pp. illustrated article by Graham Stevens on the...