1969 **SIGNED** WOODSTOCK PREVIEW ISSUE of The East Village Other w/ ROUTE MAP to WOODSTOCK on COVER - Signed by KEN KESEY, KEN BABBS (an Acid-Head Merry Prankster), and BARRY MELTON (Country Joe and the Fish)
THE EAST VILLAGE OTHER - WOODSTOCK, Vol. 4, No. 37, August 13, 1969. Rare Preview Issue published 2 days BEFORE the "Woodstock Music and Art Fair" that took place August 15 - August 18, 1969. The issue's cover is a MAP OF ROUTES TO THE MUSIC FESTIVAL, drawn in 60's funky style, complete with naked women coming out of bottles of "GLEE", guitars split open with their guts spilling out, farmer rats in overalls, a tent with a smoking joint sticking out, etc. The cover and issue are rare and sought after. The Stanford University David Rumsey Map Center has a copy in its collection.
THIS COPY is HAND SIGNED and INSCRIBED by KEN KESEY, KEN BABBS, and BARRY MELTON.
KEN KESEY, an important American author and an even more important FATHER of the MERRY PRANKSTERS, SIGNED the front cover in SILVER INK. NOTE: The Merry Prankster Bus was Present at Woodstock.
BARRY MELTON, co-founder and lead guitarist of COUNTRY JOE and the FISH, SIGNED and INSCRIBED the issue TWICE. He signed and inscribed the front cover: "Best Fishes / Barry Melton (signed with his iconic signature)". HE ADDITIONALLY SIGNED page 15 beside an AD for the upcoming WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL. NOTE: COUNTRY JOE and the FISH performed at WOODSTOCK on August 17, 1969.
KEN BABBS, a MERRY PRANKSTER, SIGNED and INSCRIBED the front cover: "Tootle - EEE - Tootle / Ken Babbs". NOTE: KEN BABBS, a MERRY PRANKSTER, ACID TEST MC, and friend of THE GRATEFUL DEAD since 1965. He was on the stage at WOODSTOCK with the DEAD when they performed on August 16, 1969. At one point during their performance they had technical difficulties. They told Babbs to grab a microphone and entertain the crowd, which he did. He was obviously dosed to the gills with LSD.
About the Item: NEWSPAPER, 20 pages including covers. The illustrated article on the upcoming Woodstock Festival is on pages 10-11 and continues on pages 14-15. The rest of the issue contains general counterculture articles, comic art by Kim Deitch and others, ads (including an ad for the upcoming Festival on page 15), and the like.
VERY GOOD condition, a center crease from being folded as originally sold, lightly age toned, still bright, clean and clear.
RARE and IMPORTANT piece of AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE HISTORY. Unique with the Signatures and Inscriptions of Ken Kesey, Barry Melton and Ken Babbs. I'm sure I will never see another such copy, and I bet you won't either!
About KEN KESEY (excerpts from Wikipedia):
******Ken Kesey, b.1935 d.2001, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Merry Pranksters, Acid Tests, Grateful Dead... After One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was published, Kesey began hosting happenings with former colleagues, miscellaneous bohemian and literary figures, and other friends (Ken Babbs et al), collectively known as the MERRY PRANKSTERS; these parties, known as ACID TESTS, integrated the consumption of LSD with multimedia performances. KESEY MENTORED THE GRATEFUL DEAD (the Acid Tests' de facto house band) throughout their early years and continued to exert a profound influence upon the group throughout their career.******
About Ken Babbs (from Wikipedia):
******Ken Babbs, b.1936, is a famous Merry Prankster who became one of the psychedelic leaders of the 1960s. He along with best friend and Prankster leader, Ken Kesey, wrote the book Last Go Round. Babbs is best known for his participation in the Acid Tests and on the bus Further. He and Ken Kesey said The Acid Tests were conceived when the Pranksters met the Grateful Dead.******
About BARRY MELTON (from Wikipedia
******Barry "The Fish" Melton, b.1947, is the co-founder and original lead guitarist of Country Joe and the Fish. He appeared in the films made at Monterey Pop (1967) and Woodstock (1969).******
About THE EAST VILLAGE OTHER (from Wikipedia):
******The East Village Other (often abbreviated as EVO) was an American underground newspaper in New York City, issued biweekly during the 1960s.******