International Times Archives – Voice of the British underground


“The International Times, or IT as it was known, was an underground newspaper launched in London in 1966 with a gig headlined by Pink Floyd. Founded by John Hoppy Hopkins, Barry Miles, Jim Haynes, playwright Tom McGrath and others, IT soon became the voice of the 1960s and early 1970s British underground. IT mixed radical politics with news and features on literature, drugs and sex. International Times is a remarkable barometer of the 1960s and 1970s British underground political debates, musical creativity, theatrical avant-garde tendencies and psychedelic experiences. The archives of IT are now available online. In the mid-1960s, London was home to a significant community of writers, artists, musicians and political activists expressing themselves in alternative or underground magazines such as OZ, first published in Australia before moving to the UK, INK, Frendz or International Times (IT). Launched in 1966 with a gig headlined by Pink Floyd, and founded by John Hoppy Hopkins, Barry Miles, Jim Haynes and playwright Tom McGarth, International Times is a remarkable barometer of the 1960s and 1970s British underground political debates, musical creativity, avant-garde theatre and psychedelic experiences. With its famous logo featuring the 1920s American silent film star vamp Theda Bara, IT dominated the British underground press until the mid-1970s. The IT offices were located in the basement of the Indica bookshop on Southampton row, the acme of swinging London, the happening place for contemporary artists in the sixties. As Barry Miles recollects in his book London Calling, the 1960s underground London scene was largely a West End phenomenon. Notting Hill was a very different place then, with squats, head shops and ‘free Schools’ to the fore rather than coffee, chains designer stores and upscale restaurants. West end London was the focus of alternative and underground embracing ‘hippies, beats, mystics, madmen, freaks, yippies, crazies, crackpots, communards and anyone who rejects rigid political ideology, and believes that once you have blown your own mind, the Bastille will blow up itself’. …”
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