Very happy to mention our second issue as designer for Evergreen Review has been posted. Click to read issue #119. We feel it's a good improvement to our first issue with the magazine. It remains a good honor to work with Barney Rosset.
An aside: Whenever I'm working on something, I'll invariably distract myself with a small side-activity to get through a larger project. Here, using art selected for the cover, is an unused animation of Allen Ginsberg's Hat, or what we're calling the Ginsberg Spinner:
Pictured above is over 90 narcotic prescriptions from 1952. Doctors' instructions are for buckets of Codeine, Demerol, and Barbiturates. The seller of these papers peaks interest by asking $95.00. Steep you might say, and we agree. However, Free Shipping.
90+ Old Narcotic Prescription - Codeine Demerol Barbiturates
QUOTE: This auction is for AT LEAST NINETY (90) old narcotic prescriptions. You will get ALL of the scripts shown in this photo - and then some! Such narcotic prescriptions usually sell for $1-$20 EACH. You are buying for less than $1 a script! These are all from New York in 1952. Some of the drugs included are: codeine sulphate (i.e. methylmorphine), demerol, hycodan, morphine & phenobarbital.
With the good punchline:
Keep for your own collection or resell.
Huh. Anyway, if you squint you'll notice that Michael Jackson is the patient indicated in about half of those.
NEXT UP, four new issues added to The Realist. Archive now holds 99 issues. This month: Issue 4, 70, 133 and 135. Topics range from "An Interview with a Teen-Age Nazi" from 1958 to P.K. on "The Parts Left Out of the Larry Flynt Movie" from 1997 (Relating to The People vs. Larry Flynt by Milos Forman.) Art item from the archive this month is Dick Guindon's of-the-era LSD soaked centerfold for issue 70, 1966:
Note: If you touch or lick the screen, please avoid driving heavy machinery for 8-12 hours.
Regards, as always to Paul K - who was incidentally interviewed in a great segment for Richard Metzger's DANGEROUS MINDS Show. Here's an embed:
And now our MAIN ITEM FOR THE MONTH. Sorry, let me say that a bit louder:
MAIN ITEM FOR THE MONTH, Oh Wow:
Why are we hyping? Because this is extremely cool history. And as a surviving collection of items we're pretty sure this is completely one of a kind. What we have here is an envelope sent out to a financial supporter of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner and Bobbie Seale - during the 1969 Chicago Conspiracy Trial.
Added value: Perhaps the only surviving article of mail from the offices of THE COMMITTEE TO DEFEND THE CONSPIRACY a campaign run by the very unlikely pair of Kathleen Cleaver and Susan Sontag. Untouched since its maildate of circa 1969/1970. We are always excited when we can find items like this for the website and are extremely happy to share this very strange item of correspondence. Contents are a compiling of various Yippie documents relating to the ongoing trial.
Discussing this package of items:
The Yippies were master media manipulators and this surviving example of communication is a gangbuster. Incredible color, design, photos, and jokes - and even recruited talent of the best writers and illustrators of the era. You'll see below we even have a Michael O'Donoghue penned item here. Just compare this sort of thing to the dour FREE MUMIA sort of media blast and you can see why Yippie history is so interesting - and vital. Even in its most threatening moments a sense of life is communicated. You can't help but root for them. Many images below, here are a few to start off with:
And dumping the interior contents on the table ... Bailiff reads out a description of the contents to the court:
Your Honor ... This is a packet consisting of a brown envelope with uncancelled postage stamps mailed from the Conspiracy 28 E. Jackson Chicago, IL.
In the envelope is:
1) A copy of comic entitled Conspiracy Capers #1 by Skip Wiliamson ... 2) A
"24 page Official Pogrom" for the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, entitled The Chicago Conspiracy vs. the Washington Kangaroos ... 3) The Trial of Bobby Seale, a red booklet reprinting articles from the New York Review of Books ... 4) Two buttons - one by cartoonist Jules Feiffer entitled: "..seen one judge you've seen them all" and one uncredited entitled: "Screw Magoo". 5) Additional contents include an invitation to: Make a New Year's Revolution, Join the Conspiracy, with a photo of the Chicago seven with their signatures and a business envelope, opened, from from The Conspiracy group itself.
AND NOW THE IMAGES:
Rubber stamped return address:
Opening up the envelope reveals one of the best pieces. Hey, wow, A holiday card from the Chicago Seven:
Unfolded card reveals this handwritten note:
Incidentally, the recipient of the envelope and "thank you for your financial contribution" card is still alive so we'll respect his privacy and not name him. But googling tells us in 1969 he was a very prominent nationally regarded family physician. Great card!
Second item is our favorite visual piece of the set. A torn business reply envelope containing buttons. I love the envelope enough to scan in both the front and the back:
And here are the two buttons, also shown front and back:
Finally ... There are these three printed documents:
Wow, and woohoo-!
Chicago Conspiracy vs. The Washington Kangaroos? HOLY SHIT IT'S THE OFFICIAL POGROM. I've wanted to read this for years. (Is what I said)
Pardon us. But while everything here is really interesting, this is the item most worth presenting in full. I remember first reading about this in Abbie Hoffman's autobiography and had wanted to see it immediately. Referenced above as Michael O'Donoghue's contribution to the Yippie movement (you can sense it immediately in the title) this is the Official Pogrom, or Program, which was handed out and sold on the courtsteps of the trial. As we were saying - Of all the documents here, this is item MOST NEEDED OF BEING ON THE INTERNET. So:
A very rare mimeographed version of THE TRIAL OF BOBBY SEALE, printed by the Conspiracy Group. It contains an article reprinted from the New York Review of Books. G-d Love the Internet, a copy is already available to read online here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/11119
Mr. Skip Williamson is still thriving and actually on a bit of a great writing kick discussing his impressive history on Salon.com - So we'll leave it up to him to scan and post this. Here's a couple good parts from the back cover:
Note: Sympathies to Bobby Seale. I've always sort of wished they'd bound and gagged Tom Hayden instead.
And finally, also from the back cover of CONSPIRACY CAPERS:
Such ends our journey into AN ENVELOPE ... FROM CHICAAAAAGGGGO.
FINAL ITEM In closing, we've decided to promote reader Laura McD to honorary Contributing Editor status on this site. This month she writes in with the music of Lisa Mei Norton, whom we love immediately. We'll let the crazy lady sing us out and see you around October.
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