Oz Magazine - countercultural icon. R.I.P. Richard Neville
Oz magazine was a hugely important part of the hippy revolution, a counter-cultural standard which trailbazed new ideas and alternative lifestyle manifestos in the late 60s / early 70s underground. Felix Dennis went on to found a media empire of his own, Richard Neville, at that time was the public face of Oz, the one who stood most publicly in the dock whilst being judged by mainstream society at the infamous obscenity trial.
As an impressionable thirteen year old I'd cycle into Leamington to buy my Oz, IT and Friendz (as well as the US equivalent, the early Rolling Stone) and devour its contents - at least the bits I understood, as some ideas were way above my head. It did open me up to a new reality and I'm grateful for that. It was the perfect accompaniment to a soundtrack of Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Miles Davis and Soft Machine and the fledgling TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
As one observer says in the Guardian comments section "An absolute corker in the Australian tradition of non-conformism."