Hark! Put your ear to the door of Last Gasp and you can hear The Rime of the Anciente Weede Magazine ringing out from stoned 70s London! It's Home Grown #8 —another fine vault discovery from Last Gasp.
Home Grown was a breakthrough magazine of the 1970s that represented a defining moment in British ‘underground’ culture. The first issue was published in June 1977 after Lee Harris compiled a collection of photos and writings for an event to celebrate 10 years of the 'Summer of Love' at the Roundhouse, London. When the event failed to materialize however, Lee used his collection instead to publish Home Grown.
Europe’s first ‘dope’ magazine dealing with cannabis and the psychedelic experience, Home Grown featured leading artists, writers and poets such as George Melly, Heathcote Williams, Harry Shapiro, Timothy Leary, Michael Hollingshead and Bryan Talbot. Altogether 10 issues were published which sold in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, and are now highly collectable.
This eighth way out issue features cool comix by Bryan Talbot and art by Clifford Harper, Mikki Rain, Adrian Morgan and Peter Dawson. Stories include "A Season In Hell —By an Angel Headed Hipster," "I Get Paid For Paranoia: A Self-Portrait of a Marijuana Dealer," "Singin' the Blues on Reds," a color photo centerfold and much more!
Pioneering publisher of the British Underground Comix scene, Lee Harris is an award winning playwright and author. His latest book: Echoes of the Underground, A Footsoldier’s Tales is a collection of Lee’s writings originally published in the Underground press of the 1960s and 70s; notably in the International Times, Oz and Home Grown. They include writing on the South African Apartheid era (Lee being one of the white Jewish members of the Congress Movement who met Nelson Mandela); the Beat Generation: William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, and the 1960s arts revolution.