Play Power. Richard Neville.

Play Power. Exploring the International Underground

New York: Random House, 1970. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's orange cloth, spine stamped in metallic magenta and turquoise, upper board stamped in metallic turquoise, original illustrated dust jacket.

"Work is only done for fun; as a pastime, obsession, hobby or art-form and thus is not work in the accepted sense. Underground people launch poster, printing, publishing, record and distribution companies; bookshops, newspapers, information bureau, video and film groups, restaurants...anything they enjoy doing. First advantage: every Monday morning is a Saturday." First US edition of Australian provocateur Richard Neville's counterculture compilation. Best known as co-founder and editor of the underground magazine OZ, Neville's travelogue-cum-manifesto was published one year before his involvement with the longest obscenity trial in Britain's history at the time — predictably resulting in an unprecedented spike in sales. Neville's genre-bending chronicle, simultaneously a de facto guidebook for traveling the "hippie trail," a portrait of the zeitgeist rendered through his own reminiscences and observations, and a radically futurist strategy manual, stand as one of the most exhaustive, prescient, texts of the era. Dust jacket designed by prolific midwestern illustrator Wendell Minor. Originally published in the UK. Slight dustiness to cloth, light foxing to endpapers; unclipped dust jacket with minor wear and toning to edges. Near fine. Item #2357


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