Frestonia: Tribal Messenger, 1977. First edition. 8 1/2 x 14" sheet, roneographed on recto and verso from typescript and holograph.
A single, but pivotal issue of the newsletter which became the official organ of the country of Frestonia, the squatted area of London which seceded from the U.K. in the month following the publication of this issue due to the redevelopement plans discussed here. The verso prints the text of a letter to the GLC tendering an application with the squatters' counterproposal to the industrial redevelopment proposal which would eventually lead them to secede, and is a docu. Writer Heathcote Williams became ambassador to the UK, and actor David Rappaport became the Foreign Minister. The country was host to the Car Breaker Gallery, and issued their own postage stamps. The Clash album Combat Rock was recorded at the People's Hall in Frestonia, and Motorhead practiced there.
The history of the Country has become more prominent in the last couple of years, with the attention garnered by a public art project by Nathan Coley on the country, as well as the success of Robert Kerr's documentary film 'The Republic of Frestonia', which won the best screenplay award at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival.
Rare. The first copy we've seen of any issue of the Messenger. OCLC locates no holdings.
Old fold line, with heavy creasing to extremities and several closed tears to margins - fair only, but complete and bright and with no loss to text or image. Item #16556