The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition

28 September – 4 November, 2017

A22 Gallery
London, EC1

In 1966 the first British underground newspaper International Times was launched, and started a news media revolution. After IT came Oz, and then Friends (which became Frendz), Gandalf’s Garden, Black Dwarf and Ink. While IT revolutionised the editorial stance and style of newspapers, OZ soon brought to the attention of thousands the UK’s burgeoning psychedelic art scene, employing artists and designers who used vibrant colours, materials and esoteric ideas to create posters, clothes, lightshows and art installations.

Oddly, the influence and impact of the underground press has largely been neglected or undervalued, but as this groundbreaking exhibition demonstrates, without the underground press there may well have been no British counterculture. On display are the covers of every British underground publication that launched in the 1960s, including the comic books that grew out of the papers. There are also various examples of the graphics, ads, posters and flyers produced by each publication at the time.

The British Underground Press of the Sixties exhibition is accompanied by a book cataloguing the covers of every 1960s underground paper and magazine.

In 1966 Barry Miles and John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins decided to start a newspaper. They called it International Times and launched it in April. It was the first British underground newspaper, and began a news media revolution.

This catalogue displays the covers of every British underground paper that launched in the 1960s: International Times, Oz, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf’s Garden, Black Dwarf and Ink. It also includes the comic books that grew out of the papers, and various examples of the graphics, ads, posters and flyers produced by each publication. There will be 100 limited edition Groovy Deluxe sets of the catalogue housed in a box with each with an original 1960s issue of IT , Oz and Friends, an original Oz Janis Jopiln poster and is also signed and numbered by the authors.

More information: britishundergroundpress.com

The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition
The British Underground Press of the Sixties Exhibition