1965. Item #4597
London: 1965. 8 x 10” flyer, offset lithograph in two colors. With an ALS from Barbara Rubin to
Jonas Mekas in marker at verso written in advance of the event.
The rare original flyer for the most important poetry reading of the 20th Century, and a key event in
the counterculture in the 1960’s - the joint reading held in front of 7 thousand people at St. Alberts
Hall in London. The event was organized by the filmmaker Barbara Rubin, which featured reading
by Ginsberg (whose Better Books reading earlier in the year may have served as impetus), Corso,
Ferlinghetti, Vinkenoog, Hollo, and many others. Pablo Neruda is featured on the flyer, but had to
cancel before the actual reading. The event was documented by the film Wholly Communion.
The letter from the organizer, Barbara Rubin, is written to Jonas Mekas. After briefly inquiring
about Harry (likely Harry Smith), Rubin goes on to state “Albert Hall is beautiful & the moment
will be lovely.” A very rare flyer, this being the first we’ve encountered, made even more significant
by the addition of a prophetic letter by the organizer in advance of the event.
Single old vertical fold, a hint of toning, else fine.