International Times

An 'All Night Rave' at the London Roundhouse featuring Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine launched International Times on October 15th 1966. Due to legal threats from The Times newspaper it was renamed IT. Constant funding was needed to fight repeated court cases so "The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream" benefit was arranged at London's Alexandra Palace on 29 April 1967. Bands included Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, The Move etc. Despite constant Police harassment IT or it continued to grow to a circulation of 40,000 in late 1968-69 until it's first demise in October 1973 when it was convicted for running contact ads for gay men. There were just a few sporadic issues between 1974 and 1982. International Times editors included Barry Miles, John "Hoppy" Hopkins, David Mairowitz, Peter Stansill, Jim Haynes, Tom McGrath, Jack Moore, William Levy, Mike Lesser and Mick Farren.
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