Item #SKB-17686 [LA: Privately published, 1966]. 1966 Handbill announcing the "Freak-In" at the Shrine Exposition Hall in LA.

[LA: Privately published, 1966].


Item #SKB-17686

Handbill, printed in black on yellow stock, for this early event from the burgeoning LA hip scene, taking place the same month LSD became illegal and preceding the famous riots on Sunset Strip. The featured performer was seven-year-old soul singer Little Gary Ferguson, and among the other performers were The Mugwumgs soon to be renamed The Mamas & the Papas. However, the most intriguing attraction was "The world-famous artist and sculptor VITO with his wife, his child and his entire entourage of dancers and freakers." Vito Paulekas was a noted bohemian and bizarre character in the LA hippie scene who was the leader of a band of "freaks" who lived a semi-communal lifestyle and engaged in "sex orgies and free-form dancing whenever they could." Their dancing at various clubs often overshadowed the main performers. He rented a rehearsal space to Arthur Lee and Love, as well as the Byrds, and he and his troupe (some of of whom became The GTO's a.k.a. Girls Together Outrageously) accompanied the Byrds on their national tour. Vito fell-in with Frank Zappa and he and his friend Carl Franzoni contributed to the Mothers first LP "Freak Out" (he also recorded a single of his own as "Vito and the Hands" titled "Where It's At"). Vito has been credited with first using the term "freaks" and "freak out" to describe the hippie scene, and he also appeared in several documentaries of the period including Mondo Hollywood and You Are What You Eat. The Freak-In was an Acid Test inspired event emblematic of the period offering "light show nirvana and optical psychout" and "The Way Out with the ecstatic sounds of eternity," as well as being a high-profile gig for Vito, a hugely influential, though under-publicized, member of the LA freak scene. Fine.

Price: $60.00