[August 7 2017]
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, where the young gathered in San Francisco and told the world to turn on, tune in and drop out. A new major exhibition The British Underground Press of the 60’s opens in September at the A22 Gallery in Clerkenwell and shows the British perspective. The exhibition brings together covers of all the major British counterculture magazines, including our favorite Oz and the International Times. For the first time, every edition of significant underground publications dedicated to counterculture will be put on display.
During times when mobile phones didn’t exist and radio and TV were controlled by the state, the only medium for people to express alternative points of view was print. For this is reason the author Barry Miles and the late photographer John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins started the first British underground newspaper International Times (IT) in 1966. Following their trajectory, Oz, Friends (which became Frendz), Gandalf’s Garden, Black Dwarf and Ink were launched, introducing now iconic aspects of British culture, such as the psychedelic art scene and British underground music such as Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.
The exhibition will be on view from September 28th until November 4th, 2017 at A22 Gallery, 22 Laystall Street, EC1R 4PA, London.