DWYER, Bill. Anarchy Now!

(Sydney, N.S.W.): Federation of Australian Anarchists, 1968. First edition. Octavo. 32 pages. Dwyer’s scarce elementary introduction to his particular style of heterdox anarchism. Dwyer was an anarchist activist in New Zealand, Australia, England and his native Ireland, but is perhaps best known as the originator and principal organiser of the Windsor Free Festival, a forerunner of and inspiration for the Glastonbury Festival. Dwyer moved to Sydney in 1966, selling cheap LSD to finance anarchist activities. He became an exponent of psychedelic anarchism, believing acid to be a liberating substance. He was sent to prison in 1968 for selling LSD, and the Australian government deported him to Ireland in 1969. Dwyer was said to have been asked by John Lennon to help set up a commune on an island, which may have been related to the Island Commune that Dwyer ran on Merrion Road in Dublin in 1970. Between 1970 and 1972, a commune, organised by a friend, Sid Rawle, was established on Dorinish, an island then owned by Lennon. A very good copy in stapled wrappers.


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