Chicago: Rosemont's Solidarity Bookshop, 1966. First Edition. Staplebound. Poor. Roland Topor . 16pp. + illustrated wrapper, by Roland Topor (Topo R.) The noted anarcho-surrealist journal. Franklin Rosemont produced the first issues of The Rebel Worker on a hand-crank AB Dick mimeo he borrowed from the Chicago IWW Hall; roughly 1,000 copies of the earlier issues were run. (credit: Lorne Bair, as noted in University of Miami Social Movements Collection FInding Aid). From notbored.org: 'Heatwave, 30 years later', 1996: The Rebel Worker was published here [in London] because a group of us felt there was an audience in Britain for an experimental, perhaps slightly crazed libertarian socialist journal," Radcliffe explains at the very beginning of Heatwave #1. "The Rebel Worker will continue to be published from Chicago; the London group will publish HEATWAVE." The Rebel Worker group in Chicago -- which seems to have included Franklin and Penelope Rosemont, and Bernard Marszalek -- was strongly influenced by the situationists: they rebelled against being workers. In 1965, these Chicago wobblies (that is to say, these members of the persecuted but undefeated Industrial Workers of the World) distributed copies of the situationists' reading and encouragement of the riots in Watts ("The Decline & Fall of the Spectacular Commodity Economy," first published in English and only later translated [back] into French) as well as their own pamphlets. Issue #6 of The Rebel Worker -- "the issue that started HEATWAVE" and is advertized in it -- contains an essay on subject matter that the situationists found interesting; furthermore, this essay bears the type of title ("The Precursors of the Theory of Total Liberation") that the SI favored in its publications.
Dye staining and loss to rear page.
(Inventory #: 1088)
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