Revolutionary magazine which caused obscenity scandal with sexcrazed Rupert the Bear acquired

first_imgDennis’ diary detailing the police raid A badge relating to the trial Geoffrey Marsh, director of the department of theatre and performance at the V&A, said the satirical “magazine and eventual legal battle over Oz represented a much broader and fundamental shift in British society in the 1960s”.He added: “It raised the question, should, or even, could ‘the Establishment’ dictate what ordinary people saw, read and thought, or would the public be left alone to make up its own mind? First published in the late 1960s and in 1971, the magazine became the subject of the longest obscenity trial in British history thanks to an edition aimed at children and featuring a cartoon Rupert the Bear in a sexually explicit parody.The Felix Dennis Oz Archive includes items related to the trial, such as badges, shirts, stickers and flyers distributed on the streets in support of the magazine, and a typescript of the song God Save Us by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.The underground magazine, produced in a basement flat in London’s Notting Hill Gate, was renowned for its psychedelic covers, cartoons and radical feminist thought. “Through a wealth of visual material, the archive chronicles this key turning point in British culture and offers a reminder that the powerful never relinquish control without a struggle,” he said.”Oz was one of the leading magazines of the underground press in 1960s and 70s. Fifty years on, it forms an important time-capsule of revolutionary ideas of the period.” The young editors at Oz, issue 28 Dennis' diary detailing the police raid After it was raided by the obscene publications division of the Metropolitan Police, its three editors, Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis, were charged with conspiring to corrupt the morals of the young for an issue created by schoolchildren. Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine 'OZ' Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine ‘OZ’center_img Oz pokes fun at its obscenity trial The editors were eventually acquitted of the conspiracy charge but jailed for two other minor offences. All three eventually won their appeals and were released. A badge relating to the trial Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In its heyday, it outraged the establishment so effectively it became subject to the longest obscenity trial in British history.Four decades on, and Oz magazine it to be brought firmly into the mainstream, as a treasure trove of revolutionary memorabilia is handed over to the V&A.The V&A has acquired the archive of Oz magazine, owned by the late editor, and plans to put it on display to the public for the first time next year. The young editors at Oz, issue 28 The archive relating to the magazine, which was originally published in Australia, has been purchased by the V&A with Art Fund support and marks 50 years since the first UK publication of the title.Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said the archive was “of great importance to the cultural and political history of 1960s Britain”. Oz pokes fun at its obscenity triallast_img

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