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Description BERKELEY BARB Aug. 25, 1967 ISSUE RARE SUMMER of LOVE ISSUE JOHN COLTRANE MEMORIAL EXCLUSIVE BARB INTERVIEW WITH PHAROAH SAUNDERS CONCERT LISTINGS INCLUDE: BIG BROTHER PAUL BUTTERFIELD CREAM more Each issue of The Berkeley Barb is an incredible period piece FILLED with since unseen and wonderful psychedelic graphics and/or comics, articles, concert ads, bizarre ancedotes, photos, news from the underground, etc. etc. if you have any questions, just ask. The Berkeley Barb was an underground newspaper that was published in Berkeley, California , from 1965 to the early 1980s. It was one of the first and most influential of the counterculture newspapers of the late 1960s, covering such subjects as the anti-war and civil-rights movements as well as the social changes advocated by the youth culture.

The newspaper was founded in August 1965 by Max Scherr , who had earlier been the owner of the Steppenwolf bar in Berkeley. Scherr was the editor from the newspaper's inception until the mid-1970s.

The Barb carried a great deal of political news, particularly concerning the Vietnam War and local political events surrounding the University of California . It also served as a venue for music advertisements and was among the first of the underground papers to carry an extensive classified ad section in which explicit personal sexual advertisements were posted.

In 1978 the numerous sex ads were separated out into a separate publication, Spectator . Deprived of advertising income, The Barb went out of business within a year and a half; the last issue was dated July 3, 1980. [ 1] The Spectator ceased publication in October 2005 . [ 2] .

Banana skins and other hoaxes

Max Scherr had a satirical sense of humour and used the Barb as a vehicle for comedy as well as news. One of the Barb' s most famous covers showed a boy with a chain around his mind. Another cover, printed in green ink, depicted the body of a dead hog. The headline read Pig Slain! . This issue sold rapidly as readers sought additional information on what they thought would be an article on a cop-killing. Search as they might, t was nothing in the paper that related to the cover.

In March 1967 Scherr, hoping to trick authorities into banning bananas, ran a satirical story which claimed that dried banana skins contained " bananadine ", a (fictional) psychoactive substance which, when smoked, supposedly induced a psychedelic high similar to opium and psilocybin. [3 ] (The Barb may have been inspired by Donovan 's 1966 song " Mellow Yellow " [original research? ], with its lyric "Electrical banana/Is gonna be a sudden craze"; Donovan, in turn, was inspired by a banana-shaped vibrator .[ citation needed ]) The hoax was believed and spread through the mainstream press, and was perpetuated after William Powell included it in The Anarchist Cookbook . Runs on bananas at supermarkets occurred, reminiscent of those that had occurred with morning-glory seeds a few years earlier. A New York Times article on illicit drugs by Donald Louria , MD, noted in passing, that "banana scrapings, provide— if anything—a mild psychedelic experience." [4 ] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was forced to make a serious investigation, and concluded that banana skins are not psychedelic. Interestingly enough, the skins do contain a measurable amount of toluene , which is also found in airplane glue .

The Barb was itself subjected to hoaxes. At a memorial for the social activist and founder of the Yippies , Stew Albert , the following story was told:

One victim of an Albert prank was Max Scherr, editor of the Berkeley Barb , that legendary paper of the days of "the Movement." "A lot of Jewish kids were converting to Buddhism then," Paul Glusman said, so Albert cooked up a hoax, getting a letter mailed from Japan to the paper reporting that "all the Buddhist kids in Japan were converting to Judaism." Scherr ran the letter. [5 ]

The Barb's relationship to the poo...