Free City News (1967-68)
(Clipped Set #1)
Scanned images and full text transcriptions of the individual pages
distributed as one set of Free City sheets in late summer 1967 in
San Francisco. (The set was bound with a paper clip in the upper left
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And the city was pure gold,
like unto clear glass.
And the gates of it shall not be shut
at all by day,
for there shall be no night there.
IS FACT IS PROPHECY IS
They were immigrants who had come from too far off for their lord to
be traced and who, since their serfdom could not be presumed, necessarily
passed for free, although born of unfree parents.
But the fact had to be transformed into a right.
It was essential that the villeins, who came to settle in the towns to
seek a new livelihood, should feel safe and should not have to fear being
taken back by force to the manors from which they had escaped.
They must be delivered from labour services and from all the hated
dues by which the servile population was burdened, such as the obligation
to marry only a woman of their own class and leave to the lord part of
Willy-nilly, in the course of the twelfth century these claims, backed
up as they often were by dangerous revolts, had to be granted.
The most obstinate conservatives, such as Gilbert de Nogent, in 1115,
were reduced to a wordy revenge, speaking of those detestable communes
which the serfs had set up to escape from their lord's authority and to do
away with his most lawful rights.
Freedom became the legal status of the bourgeoisie, so much so that it
was no longer a personal privilege only, but a territorial one, inherent
in urban soil just as serfdom was in manorial soil.
In order to obtain it, it was enough to have resided for a year and a
day within the walls of the town.
Stadtluft Macht Free! ------ City Air Makes a Man Free
And then, of course, the cops came
make your own dildo
pick your nose smell your
armpits stroke your cunt scratch
your balls finger your ass goose
your neighbor fart in the bathtub
belch in the ballroom puke in the
streets scream and sweat and swear
THE STORY OF MAN
Chapter I The Cave Man
During the prehistoric ages man lived like half-naked savages and
the[y] ate prehistoric mammals such as mammoth and so on and so on. Today
we have big wars but the cave man did not have big wars. One man
would fight with the other and they did not have the weapons we have
today. They had clubs. The cave man got clubs from a kind of small
dinosaur. They communicated with sign language and they drew signs on the
cave wall. They made dye out of berries, leaves, chalk, charcoal and other
Chapter II The Roaring 20's
The roaring 20's was just after the 1st World War. Now they had big
wars! They had guns and other weapons. And they had cars. And they had
factories. Which the cave man did not have. And they had wooden houses.
And they had cloth for clothes. They had a deal of other things that the
cave man did not have.
Chapter III The 20th Century
Now scientists and architects bbilt rockets to go to the moon. But
Just a big TV show,
The real specialtruereportextravaganza
we've been waiting and praying for
all these long, twitching years.
Written and directed by history,
bullshit diety and creator--
The finale flashes
after the latelatereallysolate show,
just as the anthem
doesn't make it,
and right on cue
all the second-rate gods
Richman, Poorman, Middleclassman,
Workingclassman, Whiteman, Black-
man, Whitey, Nigger, Kike, Wop,
Slopehead, Businessman, Hustler,
Dealer, Doctor, Lawyer, Hippie,
Intellectual, Artist, Radical,
Poet, Indian, Guru, Revolutionary,
et al, YOU?
Before the shrieking tube
in a pool of dark blood
thickening to the texture of honey,
created at last,
in the ultimate image
of their own and everybody's
There is sun, blood, fire
There is no heaven, no hell
There are many gods
There is one god
There is no god
I will read only my lines until..
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Politic contained herein highly suspect to
all authority prisoners.
Social possibilities of real theatre ritual
and instant real.
What does real mean in the context of
Texts dealing with national problems in the
midst of armed revolution are often the
only valid news.
What texts are valid in an essentially non-
Paying for sex is one good place to begin
What is an electric janitor?
The troops returning with Tibetan chancres--
Cambodian bowel conditions--jungle emmis-
sions of all kinds. Troops deserting.
News is riots in Detroit hooker hotels.
News means reflexive self-liberation in terms
of being on one's own terms
Liberation as evolutionary handling of your
In terms of never being afraid again.
In terms of creating your own lifestyle.
In terms of celebrating the planet.
In terms of man to man confrontation because
we love to fuck and fight and eat and
run and speak for ourselves.
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