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DoneThu, Jun 13, 2019 2:00 PM EDT
Berkeley, CA, USA
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Lenny Bruce & Post-War Counterculture

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Over 200 lots reflective of the massive social changes that occurred in the United States in the decades following the Second World War, as the Beats gave way to the Hippies, and what became known as the Counterculture emerged. The first 80 lots in the auction comprise an important archive of material from the life and career of the comedian Lenny Bruce, best remembered today for his arrests for obscenity and drug possession. At the time, his comedic challenges to social mores captured the evolution of middle-class America, underscored by the first amendment issues and his tragic death from a heroin overdose in 1966. Included are letters, business records, performance transcripts, court documents, and other key source materials. Also in the auction are scarce publications and ephemeral items from the era, from such authors as Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others, plus classic rock and psychedelic posters, counterculture newspapers, underground comix, drug culture, and more.
 
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