San Francisco: Oracle, Publisher, 1967. Tabloid. Good. Item #016709
Tabloid newsprint journal. Approximately 15 by 11 1/2 inches. Psychedelic art on the rear cover by artist Rick Griffin. 52 pp. Color psychedelic illustrations throughout. Edited by Allen Cohen, The Oracle was known for is psychedelic designs and promotion of the counterculture/hippie lifestyle as experienced through the use of psychedelic drugs and Aquarian philosophy. It was designed at the Psychedelic Shop in Haight Ashbury, and published only 12 issues before ceasing publication, partially due to the belief that hippie culture was connected to mainstream consumer culture (see Heller, Merz to Émigré and Beyond pp. 190-191). This number with a lengthy piece printing the conversation and commentary of Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Gary Snyder and Allan Watts on whether to drop out or take over, touching on drug use, sex, spirituality, etc., and spanning 17 pages. This includes a front cover photo of the group, as well as photos in the interior. With another piece discussing William Burroughs and his views on drugs; articles on psychedelic and New Age spirituality, as well as poetry by Gary Snyder etc. GOOD condition. Horizontal fold crease present. General toning, minor wrinkling and creasing. Minor soiling. Minor foxing to the front cover. Date in blue pencil at the top corner of the front cover.