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Drozda, Zden?k, Karel Hausenblas, and Ji?í Gut, editors
Joná?: nepravidelník klubu sp?ízn?ných du?í p?i divadle Semafor [Jonas: an irregular publication of the Club of Kindred Spirits at the Semafor Theatre], nos 1-33, 36-37 (all published)
Prague: Semaforklub, 1967-1971. Quartos (A4). Single leaves of differently colored stock, with mimeographed text to rectos and versos, stapled to upper left corner; most issues ca. 16-22 pp. About very good; a few first and last leaves detached from staple, but present. One of the issues features an original ticket to the sixth meeting of the Club, stapled to the last leaf. A nearly complete run (lacking only two issues) of the first series of this publication, a Czech samizdat journal which was forbidden by a court in 1971, along with the eponymous club. Its publication began in parallel with the inception of the Semafor Club in 1967, during the laxer political climate of the pre-Prague Spring months. The Semafor Theatre is an important cabaret theatre, founded in 1959 by the popular songwriter and actor duo Ji?í Suchý und Ji?í ?litr. It was to be site for screening films, poetry readings, jazz performances, puppet theatre, dance, musical comedy, cabaret, and other "smaller forms." The theatre was inspired by the interwar tradition of the "Liberated Theatre" and would siimilarly become a major venue for pushing the limits of both the political and the artistic. Although the affiliated club was twice dissolved by the communist regime (in 1971 and 1986), both times it managed to circumvent the ban by renaming itself (Joná?-Klub and J-Klub) and has continued to publish its journal under various titles until today. Started as a fanzine, 1969 and the early 1970s saw Joná? take on the more important function of an underground periodical that could publish writings by individuals … [Click Below for Full Description]
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