Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oz Magazine

Yesterday on one of my thrift shopping jaunts I found an awesome psychedelic poster of Bob Dylan. When I got home I researched it a bit more and it turns out it was a cover of the 7th issue of Oz magazine. I am pretty sure mine is a reprint, but the cheapest one that I have found online was $850 so that is pretty rad considering I paid 99 cents for it!! Here is a little history, Oz was first published as a satirical humour magazine between 1963–69 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and more famous incarnation, became a "psychedelic hippy" magazine from 1967 to 1973 in London. Strongly identified as part of the underground press, it was the subject of two celebrated obscenity trials, one in Australia in 1964 and the other in the UK in 1971. On both occasions the magazine's editors were acquitted on appeal after initially being found guilty and sentenced to harsh jail terms.

The central editor throughout the magazine's life was Richard Neville. Co-editors of the Sydney version were Richard Walsh and Martin Sharp. Co-editors of the London version were Jim Anderson and, later, Felix Dennis.

for more information go to OZ

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