NEW YORK PROVO
"On THE OPEN PRESS".
A group of 5 broadsides, mimeographed from typescript and/or holograph, printed "on The Open Press" by New York Provo. Each 28x21,5cm, printed on recto only.
(1) New York Provo. Psychedelic Explosion, Part 2. New York: The Open Press,[ c. 1967]. Mimeographed from typescript and holograph on yellow paper. Handout describing a smoke-in provocation at the Daily News Building in New York, in which "50 Anarcho-hippies Blow Grand Central's Mind." The flyer concludes with notice of two block parties, one of which, on East 7th street, advertises two bands, films, and a "total environment". The second advertises the band "Group Image." Very good with toning and brittleness.
(2) New York Provo. Police Harassment. New York: The Open Press, nd [c. 1967]. crudely mimeographed from typescript on yellow paper. A leaflet issued by the group reporting on a Smoke-In the previous week in Tompkin's Square park, one of a series of such gatherings the group helped to put on which were inspired by the Dutch Provo movement. The leaflet describes police harassment of the event, tips to avoid being busted by cops, and also urges participants to not be destructive in the park. The leaflet concludes by soliciting a photographer to document the harassment. Fair only with toning, chipping and creasing to extremities, and smudging - a heavily worn but basically sound copy of a fragile and very ephemeral flyer.
(3) New York Provo Announces the Formation of a New Food & Drug Administration To Administer Food and Drugs to Those Who Need Them. New York: The Open Press, nd. mimeographed from typescript on yellow paper. Manifesto critiquing the failure of the Washington FDA to adequaltely provide food and drugs to the people, which announces the formation of a NY Provo FDA - one branch to distribute legal goods, and another, secret branch called NARCO (National Association for the Relief of Conscious Obstruction) which would concern itself with illegal goods, chemical and botanical research to create better drugs, and raids on government stockpiles. There are also references to a free food program in Tompkins Square Park to fill the void left by the Family Commune's free food events, and solicitations for volunteers to help in free food projects. Fair only with toning, chipping and creasing to extremities, a heavily worn but basically sound copy of a fragile and very ephemeral flyer.
(4) Hate Parade. New York: The Open Press, . crudely mimeographed from typescript on yellow paper. A leaflet issued by the group reporting on a "Hate Parade" held that day, which marched from Columbus Circle to Tompkins Square Park, where the group held many events. The provocative event - certainly one of the stranger protests of the decade - is described in detail. The leaflet concludes with a paragraph on LSD, solicits donations for the Gallery Freestore, and proposes an upcoming Be-in at the Bronx Botanical Garden on Sunday, September 17, dating the leaflet to 1967. A fair only copy, with heavy toning to the brittled paper and some soiling.
(5) What To Do When the Man Comes. New York: The Open Press, nd. [c.1967].Opens with a quote from Harry Hemphill. Mimeographed from typescript and holograph on yellow paper on recto only. Handout describing ways to deal with arrest police, especially at gatherings, and how to spot undercover cops at gatherings. It also includes a Harry Hemphill Quote. A brittle, good only copy with chipping, creasing, and closed tears.
New York Provo, founded by Dana Beal and Jonathan Leake, took inspiration from the Dutch Provo movement, staging Happenings and promoting anarchist theory much like their counterparts in the Netherlands - and serving as an antecedent to the Yippies. Leake would go on to form the Resurgence Youth Movement.
Printed material from the group is very rare.