Welcome to Ozenity

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Ozenity is the site dedicated to the preservation of the London Oz magazine.

Oz was in print from 1967 to 1973 and a total of 48 issues were produced.

The magazine was edited by Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis.

 

 

 

Welcome to Ozenity the site dedicated to Oz, let Honeybunch Kaminski guide you through the site, help her to look for her secret stash which her Mom has hidden if you can find it Honeybunch will share some of it with you, but be warned it is a secret she keeps very close to her chest so you will have to search hard for the hidden link before her Mom nips it in the bud.

1967 was the Summer of Love, the year is often described as a defining moment of the sixties as a new counter culture came into the awareness of the public, a movement that advocated an alternative lifestyle of music, drugs, sexual freedom, creative expression, and politics, the era of the Hippie was here.

In February of this year Oz began publication in London, a magazine that catered to those living the alternative lifestyle, deemed to be radical by the establishment, its offices often raided and material seized leading to the infamous obscenity and corruption trial in 1971, during its 7 year span a total of 48 issues were published.

1973 saw the end of an era, the counter culture which had began in the sixties was fading fast, in November of that year the final issue of Oz was released, Richard Neville the founder and central editor along with Jim Anderson had since departed leaving Felix Dennis as the remaining editor of a magazine that had become a thorn in the side of the establishment it lasted six years with a total of 48 issues the gem of the underground press had ceased leaving a void in the lives of its readership.

Oz dealt with some serious topics and issues of the day often attacking the establishment, from the perspective of its readership it was a vibrant and informative journal often containing psychadelic artwork from Sharp, Leon, Hurford and others, often the text was superimposed over the artwork sometimes making reading difficult if not impossible. Adult themed comic strips from contributors such as Robert Crumb, famous for Fritz the Cat found there way onto the pages of Oz, a regular columnist was Dr Eugene Shoenfeld better known as Dr Hip ocrates answering readers medical questions no self respecting magazine would be without an agony column.

Now over 40 years old copies of Oz in good condition are becoming scarce often commanding high prices on the market place more so for the earlier editions. Oz was no exception from any oth'er magazine, printed on standard paper it was not designed to last and as each year passes the paper the magazine was printed on deteriorates, covers become detached and the paper is prone to ripping and becoming discoloured, the ink fades and often the pages become ghosted with the print from the next page.

Oz was for the whole printed in two colour sheets using the industry standard, offset lithograph press, each page of this site is designed to keep to this printing method using two colours.

The solution to preserving Oz for posterity or in fact any other publication worth preserving is to copy each magazine digitally, not a new idea Newspapers were originally microfilched but are now stored digitally but to do this properly requires professional equipment and software a lot of time and patience and of course the magazines to copy, another factor to be taken into consideration is copyright fortunately Oz Publications Ink Ltd waived the copyright for the contents within its publications generously allowing it public domain status. 'The contents of Oz are not copyright. They may be reproduced in any manner, either in whole or in part, in any publication whatsoever - whether or not a member of the UPS - without permission from the publishers. (An acknowledgement would be appreciated), No rights reserved.

It was decided to try and preserve every copy of OZ digitally to support this project financially, we are offering the completed magazines at a reasonable price, this is not to make a profit but to offset the high cost this project has incurred and to ensure its continuation.