May 15, 2018


New release: International Times founder/Indica Gallery/Bookshop owner Barry Miles and London gallery owner James Birch have created an exciting new book called British Underground Press of the Sixties. Essentially a catalog for the 2017 exhibit at A22 Gallery, the book celebrates the legacy of the UK counter-culture movement and features cover art from every issue of Britain's underground press in the 60s, along with comics and other material. The images are fascinating, revealing, and as co-curator James Birch described them, "visually explosive." I enjoy seeing elements of the various popular styles of the time such as Op Art, Art Nouveau, and psychedelia. If Spy Vibers ever wondered how the culture evolved during the decade and how the ideas of the youth movement were transmitted, you will do well to study the underground press and the efforts of people like Miles, Joe Boyd, and John "Hoppy" Hopkins. And you might already well have a foot in that territory if curiosity has led you The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Two editions are available: standard edition and a signed/boxed edition with artifacts (limited to 100). More info at British Underground Press and Rocket 88. From the press release: "In 1966 Barry Miles and John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins decided to start a newspaper. They called it International Times and launched it in April. It was the first British underground newspaper, and began a news media revolution. This catalogue displays the covers of every British underground paper that launched in the 1960s: International Times, Oz, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf’s Garden, Black Dwarf and Ink. It also includes the comic books that grew out of the papers, and various examples of the graphics, ads, posters and flyers produced by each publication. There will be 100 limited edition Groovy Deluxe sets of the catalogue housed in a box with each with an original 1960s issue of IT , Oz and Friends, an original Oz Janis Jopiln poster and is also signed and numbered by the authors." Below: sample cover designs (from the web), the new book, and a video discussion with Miles and Birch. And stay tuned for news about another cool (signed!) book about the 1960s by Barry Miles! Enjoy! Related posts: Make Love in London, Paul At 7460s OverdrivePsychedelic Celluloid, Fluxus Film, Ivan Vaughan and The Beatles, Notes Behind the Curtain 1Notes Behind the Curtain 2Notes Behind the Curtain 3Notes Behind the Curtain 4, The Goldfinger Variations

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