International Times changed its name to IT following complaints (threats?) from The Times. It was Britain’s first ‘underground’ publication of any significance, launched in October 1966 in newspaper format (unlike the magazine style of Oz).
The first five editions appeared between October-December 1966. Number six was published fifty years ago today and included an article by William Burroughs on “The Invisible Generation”, Norman Mailer on the Vietnam War, an interview with Paul McCartney talking about fame, spirituality (pre-Maharishi), drugs and electronic music, Allen Ginsberg, plus adverts for UFO (club) plus boutiques ‘Granny Takes a Trip’ and ‘Hung On You’
And you could get it in Pompey, in a newsagent’s in that row of shops in the Charter House buildings just south of Winston Churchill Avenue (then Hyde Park Road).
On this same evening in 1967, Pink Floyd played at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).