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OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT - CURRENT AVAILABLE MATERIALS LIST
Howdy - As a good list of things is starting to develop, I'm making a table of material. (This section scrolls.) This will grow to be more discoverable and searchable. All items are provided in PDF with OCR. Current archive holdings:
Location Year/Report Month Link to PDF Notes
NYC1958 Various New Item #1
ECHO MAGAZINE
WFMU has two terrific posts on ECHO MAGAZINE "The Magazine You Play on Your Phonograph!" which John edited and co-produced in 1958. (See Chapter 4 of the Wilcock biography)

WFMU's 365 DAYS PROJECT on ECHO

WFMU's INTERNET MUSEUM OF FLEXI/CARDBOARD/ODDITY RECORDS on ECHO
NYC1967 Undated New Item #2
Issue 09
Interesting art issue, featuring the art of Norman Rubington and "Akbar Del Piombo" - who some claim to be a pseudonym of William S. Burroughs. The two form a collective called OSP, which is described as ORTHOPHONIC SYNTAX PULLULATOR, CORP. - A.D. Piombo provides the text (does seem to match Burroughs style) Rubington provides the art. Cool item, excerpt from "MOONGLOW" (cover art) - Additional information
NYC, Manhattan Channel Dca. 1975 12 DEC New Item #3
The John and Joanna Show
John was not only one of the earliest Underground Paper publishers, he was also one of the earliest cable access TV personalities. Here is a mailer to his O.S. subscribers for the 'John and Joanna Show' which he co-hosted on Manhattan Cable Channel D with Joanna Walton.
NYC1967 04
APRIL
New Item #4
Issue 06
(First #6?)

Possibly misnumbered on print copy, could be #5
Back Page: "A LOVE-IN INVENTORY" Also: Despite numbering time tunnel (see following issues) this introduces Andy Warhol into Other Scenes with "LA WEEKEND WITH WARHOL" (John pictured with Andy) - Also has another version of an O.S. logo by Ed Ruscha. Actual printed copy is a fold-out of large full print sheet, double-sided, folded into fours. Notes on Wilcock's run on LAFP, which he indicates here as December 66 to March 67.
Canada via NYC1955

I.R. 61
(03:30)
07
JUL
Liberty Magazine One year after co-founding The Village Voice, John Wilcock interviewed Marilyn Monroe in New York for Canada's Liberty Magazine. These are scans from John's personal copy of the issue.
NYC 1966

I.R. 59
(19:45)
11
NOV
Advertisement for O.S. in The Village Voice NOV 1966: "ANNOUNCING: OTHER SCENES!" Full page ad in The Village Voice. Scanned from John's surviving camera stat. Perhaps the last agreeable moment between Wilcock and Voice staff. See Ed Fancher message in O.S. #4.
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Los Angeles, CA 1967

I.R. 59
(22:22)
01
JAN
Issue 01 Premiere issue of OTHER SCENES. "FUCK HATE" and "How to Behave at a Sex Party". Printed sheetfed offset with grey/black ink on pink paper. Great beginning.
Los Angeles, CA1967

I.R. 60
(06:30)
02
FEB
Issue 02 BRIGHT YELLOW PAPER 90 GSM. Contains a "Poem for Warner Stringfellow" by John Sinclair, manager of the hard rocking MC5 and effective anti-racist activist who co-founded The White Panthers. Front cover collage is an uncredited piece by Wilcock's wife, Amber LaMann.
Los Angeles, CA 1967

I.R. 59
(31:05)
03
MAR
Issue 03 An interesting shift of tone with this issue. More casual discussions. Issue three might be a quiet good way to introduce yourself to this series. Also: "THIS SIGN APPEARED MYSTERIOUSLY OVERNIGHT ON THE EMORYVILLE MUDFLATS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY"
Los Angeles, CA1967

I.R. 61
(15:58)
04
APR
Issue 04 Art note: O.S. logo for this issue by legendary letterform artist Ed Ruscha.

Coverage of the first meeting of the Underground Press Syndicate. Large survey of first year of the UPS and available papers in circulation at the time. Odd public airing of conflict with Ed Fancher. Fancher is disowning Wilcock over O.S. #1, Page 2. THIN SKIN, ED.
NYC1967

I.R. 61
(23:40)
05
MAY
Issue 06
(Second #6) - Likely should be indicated as Issue #8
When arranged by date (not number), this is the issue that follows Issue Seven. Contains information about the hypnotic 34-minute film Images d'un Monde Visionnaire by Henri Michaux, embedded below.



Also includes "Some MOMENTOUS MONUMENTS" by Claes Oldenburg
NYC1967

I.R. 60
(13:20)
04
APR
Issue 07
(Additional numbering confusion, precedes second #6)
Highly sought after first appearance of a letter to John by Hunter S Thompson: His tribute to Lionel Olay.

Purposeful Mind-Bending: John starts to mess with his readers, as this is Issue 7, April, which is followed by a slight brain-teaser: Issue 6, May.
TEXASca. 1969

I.R. 59
(15:50)
n/a
Diagram of a Drug Abuser Most effective part of this is the word "Drugs" written by an unknown writer in semi-cursive pencil on the top corner. Document NAR-98 from the Texas Dept of Public Safety, Narcotics Division. Reference Item from John's personal collection. LEARN THE SIGNS.
London1973

I.R. 61
(08:30)
05
MAY
The Other Scenes Sex Supplement "A Sociological Report on Contemporary California" A selection of sex ads/personals from the Los Angeles Free Press, compiled into a booklet.

LIST OF NOTABLE WORK FOUND HEREIN (cited as discovered in each new posting)
ISSUE CONTRIBUTOR(S) DESCRIPTION
PDF LINK
06 Andy Warhol Item: "LA WEEKEND WITH WARHOL"
PDF LINK
01 Charles Bukowski, John Buckner, Steve Richmond (Poets collective) Police confiscation of California publication "EARTH ROSE" for printing two word poem: "FUCK HATE" Issue 01 1967
07 Hunter S. Thompson First published appearance of 'The Ultimate Freelancer', Thompson's tribute to Lionel Olay. Issue 07 1967
09 Norman Rubington and "Akbar Del Piombo" — a possible pseudonym for William S. Burroughs? Under the possible pseudonym of Akhbar Del Piombo, WSB may be the writer for ORTHOPHONIC SYNTAX PULLULATOR, CORP in this 1967 excerpt from Olympia Press' MOONGLOW Issue 09 1967

The initial posts to the archive were presented with this audio commentary:


A New feature on EP.TC:

Welcome to THE OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT
Reintroducing John Wilcock's OTHER SCENES



Hello, rare documents collector! Man, have you found it. That spirited image above is from OTHER SCENES, one of the most radicalized and interesting Underground Newspapers ever to be produced. In the coming months, you'll have access to hundreds of pages of content from this incredible paper, in bi-weekly updates. This is a sequel to The Realist Archive and a companion to John Wilcock, New York Years, a comic book biography (by myself and Scott Marshall) on the rise of the 1960s Underground Press. (OTHER SCENES was John Wilcock's paper)

If you know what OTHER SCENES is, you'll be thrilled, and if you've never heard of it, you're in for an treat.

Considered among the most free thinking, influential, and creative Underground Papers of the 1960s and 1970s (and then, inexplicably, LOST in collective memory as we proceeded to gulp down PEOPLE and TV GUIDE) OTHER SCENES is a lost masterpiece. It was an early publisher of Hunter S Thompson and the only Underground Paper to regularly include contributions of Andy Warhol. This week will share Issue #1 and to remain random, instead of Issue #2, we'll provide Issue #3. This archive will grow as it gets figured out.


POST NUMBER 4: 01/02 2022

Scans and text from Update #4:

Happy New Year! Just getting back into gear on this archive. I have to admit getting the Wilcock book out the door last year and then jumping right into this archive really overwhelmed me. Took a little time off to catch my bearings with things and am happy to jump back on the saddle. This first post is small but gets things back on task. See the scroll above for a piece on the John and Joanna Cable Access show and Echo Magazine. Peace on a good 2022, EP.

WFMU's 365 DAYS PROJECT on ECHO

WFMU's INTERNET MUSEUM OF FLEXI/CARDBOARD/ODDITY RECORDS on ECHO

New Item: Cable Access Wilcock!


The John and Joanna Show
(Sundays 11:30pm, Manhattan Cable Channel D)


New Item: 1967 - Unknown William S Burroughs?

Under the possible pseudonym of Akhbar Del Piombo, WSB may be the writer for ORTHOPHONIC SYNTAX PULLULATOR, CORP in this 1967 excerpt from Olympia Press' MOONGLOW, with wild art by Norman Rubington


November 29 update: To facilitate a quicker upload of this material, I'm shifting to posting single issues and items. Follow updates of all new items added on Twitter. Note the updated chart above, as well. Most recent four items will be highlighted in red.


POST NUMBER 3: 10/29 2021

Scans and text from Update #3:

Liberty Magazine, 1955 (Interview with Marilyn Monroe)
Other Scenes #4, April 1967
Other Scenes #6, May 1967
1973 LAFP Other Scenes Sexual Supplement

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POST NUMBER 2: 10/07 2021

New Update! As I'm determining a frequency, it looks like an update will be every three weeks. Part of this is to fully investigate these issues, which will appear in the commentary portion:



MAIN ITEM: Hunter S Thompson on Lionel Olay (aka the FIRST PRINTING of "The Ultimate Freelancer" which began as a letter to Wilcock, printed here in O.S. Issue #5)



Issue two highlight is "Poem for Warner Stringfellow" by John Sinclair (Chairman of the White Panther Party, Activist, and targeted victim of FBI harassment, receiving a ten year sentence for two sticks of marijuana)

In 1966, Sinclair wrote this piece for Other Scenes, two years before his troubles really accelerated:



BOOK REVIEW SECTION: "Wife Swapping: A Complete 8 Year Survey of Morals in North America" (1967) - Wow, yikes. Remember to tag your wives if you lose them!



Download PDFs for this update: Other Scenes #2 and Other Scenes #5. More soon! (Enjoying figuring out the shape of this space, next update will October 27)


POST NUMBER 1: 09/14 2021

Four items will be provided every two weeks, all in PDF text-searchable format. Audio commentary is also included.

Issues will begin at the beginning of OTHER SCENES with the early stuff first. They lack the visual impact of the latter issues but have just as wonderful unique time-capsule writing.

Included in this installment:

Here's all your downloads
for INVENTORY REPORT #1:




Audio Commentary (HEAR the actual pages!)

These posts will be referred to as THE OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT. The impetus for this was to provide bonus material in a comic book biography of John Wilcock. (It will still be that, if not moreso) John provided a large stack of material, which we will be going through the inventory each time.

A reminder that all PDFs will have OCR text to copy and search through. I'm looking forward to what google will do with that. Take, for example, this easily overlooked paragraph of a quiet garden party at Aldous Huxley's estate, which John attended, among others:

OTHER SCENES #1, PAGE FOUR

...the same week that the LA Times carried a report of LBJ's luncheon, I attended a small party on Mulholland Drive at the home of Laura Huxley, widow of Aldous. In addition to Tim Leary and Ralph Metzner, Thaddeus Ashby (founder of an LSD "church" in Mexico) and Alan Watts were present. In fact, "what we have here," a friend remarked, "are the new spiritual leaders of America."

-- John Wilcock, January 1967

I know Leary liked avocados, but I bet Alan Watts brought the best salsa. What an amazingly wild moment in time.

We'll return in two weeks with more issues of OTHER SCENES. Follow this project on Soundcloud and Twitter.

Thank you.