October 3, 2011


November 1970
by the October Company

I paid 50 cents for this at a garage sale and don't know much about it but believe that it is an offshoot publication of the Fifth Estate newspaper, an underground news source for leftists. The Fifth Estate started as an independent news mimeo around 1965 but turned into an anarchist Marxist magazine in the mid 1970s.

As you will see, most of the content in the Hip Pocket trends towards counter-culture themes in the arts, music and style with the occasional political mention. It's ironic seeing WRIF as a music alternative, along with the defunct WABX, since it's now the standard that all other Detroit music radio tends to veer away from content wise.

A cool little book that I clearly didn't need but couldn't wait to scan and share. No, don't mistake my obsession with sticking it to the man or any anarchist sentiment because quite honestly I'm just out of my mind.

Click here to view booklet.

PS...I contacted Peter Werbe about whether or not this was indeed a Fifth Estate offshoot and this is what he had to say:
A blast from the past, to be sure. As I remember it, a couple of hippie entrepreneurs from the Fifth Estate, Bill Rowe and Len Schaffer, put it out in the early 70s. It's a nice peek into the cultural end of things from that period. If it isn't anything you're big on holding onto, you might consider donating it to U-M's Labadie Collection which archives the Fifth Estate and related materials, although they might have one [I can't remember whether there was more than one edition].


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