Issue 7 of Con Safos -published in Los Angeles from Summer 1968…. It features a lengthy (Pages 34-46) illustrated, excerpt from Oscar Zeta Acosta forth coming The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo. Con Safos- literally means with safety. It used by the Mexican American Chiano movement as ‘sign off” grafitti, often around the El Paso, where Acosta was originally from.
Acosta was the foundation for Hunter S. Thompson’s Dr Gonzo, his “attorney” in Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson wrote an article in Rolling Stone in 1971 called Strange Rumblings in Aztlan about Acosta and the East Los Angeles barrios. Their subsequent trip to Las Vegas became the foundation of Fear & Loathing. Despite being an active attorney for the Chiano civil rights movement – Thompson, he changed the character’s identity from Tex-Mex to Polynesian.
Although Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas was first published as a serialisation in two issues of Rolling Stones magazine in 1971, it wasn’t published as a book by the magazine’s publishing division, Straight Arrow Books, since Thompson already had a book deal with Random House.
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Straight Arrow however picked up Oscar Zeta Acosta’s autobiography as a matter of course. He contributed articles to the newly founded Rolling Stone magazine in 1967.
Acosta later wrote a novel in 1973 , The Revolt of the Cockroach People, a fictional account of his life as Buffalo Zeta Brown, an attorney for the Chicano movement in East LA.
Acosta ‘disappeared’ in Mexico in 1974. An interesting and overlooked counter culture figure.
Condition : Near Fine : Bright white covers.
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