[Los Angeles: Oracle Cosmic Joy Fellowship], 1967. Tabloid newspaper, newsprint printed in color and black-and-white.
Issue seven of Los Angeles-based 1960 hippie and counter-cultural tabloid the Oracle of Southern California, the downstate analog to San Francisco's psychedelic gazette the Oracle (deemed by cognoscenti the truer lodestar of the age of Aquarius). The present issue contains features on the Om Foundation, an elective community outside Carmel ("To me, a community is a thing where people live together to reach a higher level of communication, the step after I AM to WE ARE," Gene Carlson, Om co-founder); yoga, sex and psychedlic mushrooms ("Psychedelics are more aphrodisiac than scientific studies of fucking on acid can ever show"); as well as full-page ads for Phil Ochs and the psych-rock band H.P. Lovecraft. Trippily illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and color and black-and-white drawings by Liz Greene and comics by Charles Frances Winans. Spine and a few leaves repaired with Japanese tissue. Some edgewear to brittle newsprint, with light overall toning. Still, a better than good copy of a fragile periodical. Item #3024