(SOLD): VESGA, Ricardo. Paradiso Fox / Fox.

(Amsterdam): Paradiso, 1970-1972.  First editions. Folio. Issues 1-3 of Paradiso Fox and issue 4-6 of The Fox. Re-titled The Fox from issue four onwards following a dispute with the Paradiso over finances.  A rare complete set of this fantastic counterculture magazine publish under the auspices of the legendary Paradiso nightclub. The Paradiso opened in 1968 it soon became synonymous with the hippie counterculture and the rock music of that era. It was one of the first locations in which the use and sale of soft drugs was tolerated. From the mid-1970s, Paradiso became increasingly associated with punk and new wave music, although it continued to program a wide variety of artists. Starting in the late 1980s, raves and themed dance parties became frequent. Glen Matlock played his last gig with the Sex Pistols there, and Keith Richards said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did. And, as counterculture magazines go, this has to been one of the best, a sophisticated ‘OZ’. Includes articles on brain wave research, liberated travel, Marihuana, John Sinclair, Astrology, La Mama, Torture in Brazil, the Dutch Pop Festival, D.A. Levy, Police Harassment and much more. Text is a mix of Dutch and English, although predominately the latter, the Fox claimed to be Amsterdam’s only English language underground magazine. The magazines are copiously illustrated throughout, and the first three issues include centrefold posters. All issues in very good condition with some creasing to corners. Rare, and surprisingly little known. There is one complete set at Universiteit van Amsterdam, Centrale Bibliotheek, and partial sets at Yale and NYPL.


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