Detroit—Spring & Summer


Fifth Estate # 78, May 1-14, 1969

I. Imagine this scene: a bright cloudless warm May Sunday in Detroit. On days like this, rare as the purple wallaby, half the local population has suddenly taken cover indoors in a shroud of bubbling beercans, listening to Tiger announcer, …

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Rebellion in Nowhere


Fifth Estate # 76, April 3-16, 1969

I Rioting by 250 Black youths, says a UPI dispatch dated March 23, 1969, brought 200 police from 10 communities to the 20,000-student campus at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb.

Pimp—”Black Capitalist”


Fifth Estate # 75, March 20-April 2, 1969

a review of Pimp, by Iceberg Slim, Holloway House Publishing Company, 1967, paperback, 95 cents.

Our Dreams Proved Innocent


Fifth Estate # 73, February 20-March 5, 1969

A review of Jerry Rubin’s “Letter to the Movement,” New York Review of Books, Feb. 13, 1969, 40 cents. The Young American Poets, edited by Paul Carroll, Follet Publishing Co., 1968, $3.95, Evergreen Review Reader, edited by Barney Rosset, Grove …

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Voodoo in Detroit


Fifth Estate # 72, February 6 - 19, 1969

  I Voodoo is a colloquial corruption of Vodo, the name of an African godhead, the Holy Serpent. The practice of Voodoo has been, until recent years, the most consistently revolutionary and anti-establishment force among poor blacks in the United …

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No money, no barter

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Fifth Estate # 69, December 26, 1968-January 8, 1969

On December 12, 13, and 14, The Living Theatre, an amazing theatrical community numbering over 35, performed three of the four productions of their repertoire: “Mysteries and Smaller Pieces,” “Antigone,” and “Frankenstein” (“Paradise Now” is the fourth) at the Detroit …

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The Beatles


Fifth Estate # 68, December 12-25, 1968

a review of The Beatles, The Authorized Biography, by Hunter Davies, McGraw Hill, 1968, NYC, $6.95, 357 pp.

Tricky Dick and the Flying Saucer


Fifth Estate # 66, November 14-27, 1968

An interesting omen—a few days ago, barely preceding the Nixonian “renaissance” I received in the mail a strange newly-issued artifact of the Eisenhower-Nixon era. It was a pamphlet titled HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD, published by- none other than The …

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Safe in Heaven


Fifth Estate # 92, November 13-26, 1969

I. That old city-planner, Death, caught up with Jack Kerouac this October. Reportedly, it was an ugly death; drunk and despairing, his guts literally busting and bleeding inside the heavy lonely flesh. Kerouac had ruined his great good looks years …

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Fifth Estate # 64, October 17-30, 1968

1. Thomas Haroldson “Barbarella” is a gas. No doubt about it. In fact, it is one of the most enjoyable and imaginative movies ever made.