A4, 3 pages, printed on 5 sides. This is an early draft of the text used for the famous Legalise Pot Times Newspaper advertisement. The text varies from what was actually printed. It has a rely form on the last page.
The Beatles picked up the entire cost and advert was placed by their manager Brian Epstein ( &/ or Peter Brown). The advert was in response to Hoppy’s & the Rolling Stones drug busts in 1967. Gallerist Robert Fraser, a friend to both the Beatles & Stones, was also arrested along with the Stones, he was the only person actually given jail time.
This came from Fraser’s ( and the Beatles) friend , John Dunbar who ran the Indica Gallery and was presumable available from the gallery at the time.
A rally was also staged at London’s Hyde Park In July with Allen Ginsberg famously making an appearance which was ended by the police. Steve Abrams’ SOMA (The Society of Mental Awareness) started the petition for the Times advertisement in June 1967 and poster designer Mike McInnerney was commissioned as graphic designer. Obviously, he ditched his usual psychedelic colour palette, for a more sobering newspaper monotone. Mike McInnerney did however produce a psychedelic silk screen and Martin Sharp also designed two posters in relation to the event, one of which was printed on foil and became Big O Poster #1, the other design also featuring in OZ magazine.
Condition : Fine – as new – faintest paper ageing.
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