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International Times magazine

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Logo (IT Jan–Feb '69). The picture on the logo was a black and white photo of Theda Bara vampish star of silent films. [Jul 2006]


The International Times was a London-based hippie magazine which was forced to change its name fairly quickly to IT after objections from The Times newspaper, but which never really shook off its original name. It was first published in the 1960s and was printed (albeit sporadically) throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. It was relaunched briefly in 1986. It was contemporary to the other radical underground London magazine, Oz, and many people who wrote for one also wrote for the other.

The logo for IT was a black and white photo of Theda Bara vampish star of silent films. In fact the original idea was to use an image of actress Clara Bow, but Theda Bara was used accidentally.

The launch party for the magazine on October 15, 1966 at the London Roundhouse featured performances by Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine.

Many people who are now prominent UK figures wrote for IT, including such luminaries as the feminist critic Germaine Greer, poet and social commentator Jeff Nuttall, artist Caroline Coon and the DJ John Peel. Leading contributors to the late 1970s IT were Heathcote Williams, Max Handley and Chris Sanders. In 1986 IT was passed on to performer Tony Allen and writer Chris Brook. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Times_magazine

It (1927 film)

It (1927) - Josef von Sternberg, Clarence G. Badger [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

It is famous for turning cutie-pie Clara Bow into, as critic David Thomson described her, "the first mass-market sex symbol." Somewhat overshadowed by this phenomenon is the fact that It is also a terrifically entertaining picture, an effortless cruise through the manners and morals of the flapper era. Bow plays a shopgirl who sets her saucer eyes on her boss (Antonio Moreno); it isn't terribly hard to land him, since she possesses dazzle, charm, spunk... in a word, "It." And if we're still not sure what "It" is, there's a moment of high camp hilarity when matronly author Elinor Glyn, who penned the original definition of "It," strides through the movie and delivers herself of its meaning. Actually, Bow's delightful performance does more to define "It" than anything else, and her unabashed sexiness (which didn't play well after sound came in) clearly sets the future course for Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

From the Back Cover
Clara Bow was the brightest star of the Jazz Age and its hottest sex symbol; after this movie, fans had a new name for her: the "It Girl." Bow portrays Betty Lou Spence, a beautiful, sassy, self-confident sales girl at the Waltham Department Store, where she eyes Cyrus, the handsome son of the store's owner. It's love at first sight and the chase is on in one of the greatest romantic comedies of the silent era! Misunderstandings, love, sex, and a ukelele all come together in the film's hilarious...

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