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April 09, 1964

THE VILLAGE VOICE (weekly), Greenwich Village, New York City, April 9, 1964

* Lenny Bruce - stand-up comedian - satirist ad
* Conviction for obscenity comedy performance
* Cafe Au Go Go nightclub - Bleecker Street


The top of page 3 has a heading: "Bruce Tagged on Obscenity, Run Extended at Cafe Here" Article continues on page 6.
Page 6 has another heading: "He Will Run Out of Fare To The Supreme Court" with photo of Bruce.
And page 17 has a advertisement for the very performance he was arrested at. (see images)
wikipedia notes: In April 1964, he appeared twice at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, with undercover police detectives in the audience. He was arrested along with club owners Howard and Elly Solomon, who were arrested for allowing an obscene performance. On both occasions, Bruce was arrested after leaving the stage.
I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete with 32 pages, tabloid size, one fold along the center, nice condition.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive. Rare as such.

Alert: Many issues of The Village Voice contain articles and/or photos which some consider offensive, and are certainly inappropriate for children. Please purchase with discretion.

Category: The 20th Century