The Editors, vol. 1 no. 12. Louise Levi Charles Edward Artman, Andy Kent, Charlie Brown.
The Editors, vol. 1 no. 12

The Editors, vol. 1 no. 12

New York: The Editors, 1966. Mimeograph in wraps. Side stapled. 42 pp. 8 ½ x 11 in. Very good with toning and foxing on wrappers; rear wrapper detached but present; in mylar. Item #5545

An enigmatic counterculture mimeograph zine published by Charles Edward Artman (aka Charlie Brown), an itinerant mystic hippie poet. The zine features stream of consciousness essays on Vietnam, politics, vagrancy, drug use, along with poems, music, and drawings. Besides Artman, the only other listed authors are Louise Levi and Andy Kent.

This zine is particularly notable for Artman’s participation in several different strains of the hippie movement. He was involved in Berkeley’s free speech movement, where his magazine Spider was censored by the administration; he was arrested for making “obscene speech” at a free speech rally on campus. He later released a folk record on Broadside, founded the Alameda Street Church and the Temple of the Rainbow Path in Salt Lake City, and advocated LSD use and indigenous medicinal practices. The Editors was published during Artman’s time in New York when he produced his record and was becoming less interested in politics and more in alternative lifestyles and spiritual practices, perhaps mirroring the larger hippie movement.

No copies on OCLC. However, we located one held in The Allen Ginsberg Papers at Stanford University.

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