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10 Issues of the Radical 1960s Newspaper Berkeley Barb
One of my favorite categories of things to collect is 1960s psychedelia. The potent mix of politics, sex, drugs, spirituality, music, and bright colors. What we have here is 9 issues of the hugely influencial underground Berkeley Barb newspaper, and 1 issue of the Berkeley Tribe. The specific issues (in no particular order):
Issue 170, Nov 1968, SF State Dilemma-- Who Licked Who? Issue 179, January 1969. Color art by Rivadulla. Issue 189, April 1969. Spring High Issue 222, November 1969. Moratorium p. 4, More Death page 12 Issue 202 July 1969, Eldridge Speaks. Issue 230, January 1970, Color cover, Marines revolt Issue 242, April 1970, Spring, Child Care Not Copters Issue 295, April 1971, Disestablishmentarianism!!! Issue 191, April 1969, Photo of little child smoking joint on the cover! Berkeley Tribe, issue 34, Mar 1970 These are so great. From the Scenedrome to the Classifieds to the Adult Theater Ads. A great slice of Berkeley, California during the high times of the freaky sixties. All issues seem complete, with minimal wear. Some marks with a pen or other wear on some covers. Very few tears and surprisingly little yellowing for cheaply printed newsprint from 40 years ago. The three color issues are very bright and crisp. From Wiki: The Berkeley Barb was a weekly underground newspaper that was published in Berkeley, California , from 1965 to 1980. 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 1969, under pressure from an underpaid and rebellious staff which believed he was making windfall profits (the Barb may have been the only underground newspaper of which this could be said), Scherr sold the paper for $200,000 to Allan Coult, a professor of anthropology. The deal fell apart shortly afterwards and Scherr resumed ownership when Coult failed to make the initial payment, accusing Scherr of failing to uphold the terms of the agreement. Almost all of the 40 person staff, including managing editor James A. Schreiber, left at this point and formed the "Red Mountain Tribe." After putting out a special Barb on Strike issue, they soon were putting out their own rival newspaper, the Berkeley Tribe , with a circulation of 53,000 copies. Thanks for checking out this auction. Have fun.
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