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changes 3
solid writing
masterpiece art
historical bonus 2
total score 9
Changes #3

Only Printing / 1969 / 48 Pages / Harbinger University Press
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Changes #3 is a gorgeous comic/literary/hippie magazine produced by some of the staffers from the defunct tabloid, The San Francisco Oracle. As the late Don Donahue wrote so aptly about Changes #3; "The love children had turned away from the drug-ridden Haight and had fixed their gaze on the northern woodlands of Mendocino and Humboldt Counties." This is self-evident in the pages of this lush magazine, with its poetry, lengthy definitions of astrology signs, Oriental philosophy, herbal medicine article and liberal intellectualism.

Much of the artwork, which includes contributions from Crumb, Jaxon, Spain and Gilbert Shelton, plus poster artists Alton Kelley and Bob Fried, is exquisite. The content of some of the articles provide a quintessential example of 1960s counterculture at its pinnacle. The beautiful production values and color printing experimentation in Changes #3 are quite reminiscent of The San Francisco Oracle, as is the meticulous selection of artwork, which sometimes also recalls the outstanding magazine run of Promethean Enterprises. The editors' effort to achieve such lofty quality standards boosts the review score here by a solid point.

The only quibble I have with the design of the magazine is the choice of quasi-Barbarian cover art, which does not accurately reflect the tone or perspective of the content within. It's too bad they didn't get John Thompson to do some ethereal back-to-nature poster art for the cover.

It is currently unknown how many copies of this magazine were printed. It has not been reprinted.

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