Scans of complete run of OZ, psychedelic underground newspaper from UK (1967-1973)


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Best known for inspiring John & Yoko’s attempted fundraiser for the Oz obscenity trial: “God Save Oz/Do the Oz”. One of Elastic Oz Band’s more popular numbers. Always heard the line as “God save us from the Queen”, but can’t swear to it


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I’d just like to say that I would have liked to have written a thesis on the religious aspects of the psychedelic movement and used Oz as source material, but I knew I would never get away with it.

Oz could be extremely sexist and progressive in the same issue, which meant that a fair bit of sounding out was needed before telling someone you read it.


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I think, though, that was true of much underground press at this time, the being progressive and sexist. It’s what propelled the 2nd wave of young feminist around that time.

You think so? I think that would be a brilliant topic to tackle… Why do you think you wouldn’t get away with it?


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Also, The Great Speckled Bird, the underground paper of Atlanta back in the day is also available online, thanks to the lovely folks in GSU archives and special collections:

http://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/GSB

It’s a great resource for this time period and it’s the whole run, I think.


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Holy crap! Awesome. OZ was hugely influential on the London design scene and a decade or more ahead of its time. I’ve seen individual spreads here and there but have never seen a full issue, much less the entire run.


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In 1972?

Since I retired I’ve kind of started to pick up various things where I left off due to the demands of career, children etc., but a return to any kind of academia is not on the cards. Apart from anything else I simply don’t have the brain cells I had then.

I am a child of the late 60s and I think I’m reverting to childhood. I saw Felix Dennis around here a few years ago, but sadly he died. Not before rescuing an old but faltering printing company in Frome, though.


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Ah! Yeah, that would have been groundbreaking work then and you would have had a hard time finding support I’d suspect.

I dunno… I have a fair number of older colleagues in my program, in part because if they are over 62 they can go back for free here.


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