ORIGINAL PROTEST FLYERS FOR "CANDLE OPERA - A FREE DIGGERS SHOW, PART OF THE SPRING MOBILIZATION" & "JOYFUL ALTERNATIVE PEACE POETS DANCE"
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: Spring Mobilization Committee To End The War
Date Published: 1967
Book Id: 958
A pair of illustrated flyers used to advertise anti-war protests during the Spring of 1967. The events advertised were the 'Candle Opera' and the 'Joyful Alternative Peace Poets Dance,' held between April 13-14, 1967 with the intention of leading up to the Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam demonstration on April 15th. The Spring Mobilization, or Spring Mobe, was part of the nationwide protest against the war in Vietnam, organized in November 1966 to sponsor antiwar demonstrations in the Spring of 1967. Two mass demonstrations were planned, one in New York City and the other in San Francisco. On April 15, 1967 more than 125,000 people marched against the war in New York; in San Francisco 60,000 people demonstrated. Up until this time, the Spring Mobilization was the largest anti-war demonstration in our country's history. The 'Candle Opera' was a Diggers-sponsored event in the panhandle of Golden Gate State Park. The flyer notes "candles, incense, and love" as part the event, along with musical performances by Country Joe and The Fish, New Age, Mad River, All Night Apothecary, Morning Glory, Moebius, and other bands. Although his name is not mentioned anywhere on the flyer, Richard Brautigan was reading poetry that night, and is credited with conceiving the name of the event. Brautigan, who collaborated on a number of events with the Diggers throughout the 1960's, is prominently mentioned on the flyer for the 'Joyful Alternative Peace Poets Dance.' He participated by reading poetry at the event, which ran from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM at California Hall, 425 Polk Street, San Francisco, a large building owned by the German-American Association. No copies listed in OCLC. Rare pieces of paper and interesting relics of Haight-Ashbury's heyday, desirable both to collectors of Brautigan material as well as those interested in the history of the anti-war movement. The 'Candle Opera' flyer measures 8 X 10.5 inches, original xerox on white paper, with print on recto; Near Fine, with a little even toning to the paper and the upper left corner creased. The flyer for the 'Joyful Alternative' measures 8.5 X 11 inches, a single mimeographed sheet printed recto and verso in red and black on pale green paperstock. Recto displays artwork and design by Kenneth Patchen, with the verso printing a map of mobilization points, endorsements, and partial list of sponsors. Near Fine, with some toning and creasing at the extremities and a single, nearly invisible pinhole. Provenance: From the collection of John Bryan, editor of the L.A. Free Press and publisher of the the far left Open City Newspaper.