Watch Out Kids. Mick Farren, Edward Barker.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.
Watch Out Kids.

Watch Out Kids.

London: Open Gate Books, with Macmillan London Ltd, 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Unpaginated, c.128pp: monochrome photos and coloured graphics throughout. Contents fresh and clean, although in two places, a few words of text have been very neatly but comprehensively deleted: they look as if redacted, but it's biro. 10x9ins, in firm bright cerulean cloth-textured boards titled in gilt, with very slight blunting to extremities. In the protected glossy unclipped pictorial dust jacket: this has small scuffs and nicks to the edges, and two 3cm closed tears to bottom edge of back panel with some loss. Very scarce in hardcover. * [Begins with a straight account of how society and rock music of the 1950s and 60s lead to the emergence of the hippie and freak counterculture, as variously manifested in the US and UK. Farren goes on to describe how this evolved, from the angle of his own very partisan engagement, emphasising the peaceful dope-smoking idealism and community values of the longhair tribes, and how they came into conflict with straight society and the police. These experiences lead him to a grim cultural analysis and a ‘White Panther’ list of demands for the immediate total transformation of society worldwide, to establish a multitude of freedoms for all and to save the planet. Much to agree with, and some have now come to pass. However, when he says ‘the war has already started’, and allies himself with the bombs of the Angry Brigade, envisages ‘killer acid freaks’, and refers to ‘supply lines’ for guns if their wants list is not favourably received, I think he was, mercifully, talking largely to himself. But yes, kids: do watch out! ]. Near Fine / good. Item #19729050
ISBN: 0333135806

Price: £75.00

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