New York: Timothy Leary Defense Fund, . Single 8 x 16" sheet, folded twice into a four panel sheet. Addressed and mailed to Beat sociologist Ned Polsky. Illustrated with a single black and white, unattributed drawing.
The announcement for this 1966 performance at the Open Stage on St. Mark's, held as a benefit for the Timothy Leary Defense Fund. Leary was at that point facing a 30 year sentence for Marijuana possession. The Psychedelic Festival Theatre arose out of the heated commerce and interchange of ideas at the Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, Leary's residence and a key loci of psychedelic thought in the era. The group was originally spearheaded by Richard Hollingshead upon exposure to the work of Arnie Hendin at Millbrook, and became one of the most important multimedia acts based on psychedelic principles. The flyer outlines their principles, with reference to the Glass Bead Game, Brahma, and Einstein. The pamphlet ends with the phrase, "bring a flower."
Early ephemera relating to an important development in the history of psychedelic happenings. Item #25910