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NEVILLE, Richard

Hippie Hippie Shake

London: Bloomsbury, 1995

8vo, pp. 376. Original purple boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated endpapers and dustwrapper. Corners a little bumped, but a near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper with just a little edgewear.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO TONY PALMER, FILM MAKER AND AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF OZ: 'Much love + memories for Tony Palmer from Richard Neville 1998'.

In 1967 Richard Neville [1941-2016] founded Oz, the infamous underground magazine which had never stayed underground enough for the Establishment's liking. (The magazine's graphic designer was Neville's close friend Martin Sharp, the designer of this book's dustwrapper.) The May 1970 issue of Oz was edited by schoolchildren (one of whom was Charles Shaar Murray), and featured images of a priapic Rupert the Bear. The result was prosecution, and the Oz trial became one of the longest -- and certainly one of the silliest -- obscenity trials in British legal history.

The writer and film maker Tony Palmer had first met Neville in 1968 when, as producer of the BBC show How It Is, Palmer had recruited him as co-presenter of the show. (The other presenter was John Peel.) Palmer attended the Oz trial every day as both supporter and researcher, and wrote The Trials Of Oz, published in 1971. This copy of Neville's autobiography is inscribed to Palmer, more than twenty-five years after the Oz publishers were (eventually) acquitted.

A wonderful association copy, bearing witness to an enduring friendship.

Keywords: Richard NEVILLE Tony PALMER"


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