Complete run in 5 issues (no.4 was never published) of this legendary British counter-culture magazine put out by David & Stuart Wise, later joined by Christopher Gray, Donald Nicholson-Smith and TJ Clark (all former members of the British Section of the Situationist International).Also included here is a leaflet listing all King Mob publications.

Retracing the history of King Mob, its evolution, and its linkages with Black Mask / Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers would be too long and has already been done. I encourage readers to learn more by reading Tom Vague’s “King Mob Echo: From Gordon Riots to Situations & Sex Pistols” (London: Dark Star, 2000; in print); Tom Vague’s “King Mob: English Section of the Situationist International” (London: Dark Star, 2000; in print) and, online, the Wise Brothers’ own “King Mob: A Critical Hidden History” (available online at http://www.revoltagainstplenty.com/index.php/archive-local/93-a-hidden-history-of-king-mob.html).

King Mob. King Mob 1: King Mob Echo. London: BCM/King Mob, April 1968. n.p. [12 p.]; ill.; 24 x 34 cm.; ill. B&W wrappers with picture of a menacing masked man with text in white.

This first issue includes a front cover image of a menacing masked man (from Louis Feuillade’s film “Fantomas”) above a Karl Marx quotation (from “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon”). Contents include: “The Return of the Repressed” by radical psychoanalysis scholar Norman O. Brown; “Desolation Row”, an excerpt “free translated from Raoul Vaneigem’s Traite de Savoir Vitre a l’Usages des Jeunes Generations” (1967); “Urban Gorilla Comes East”, the magazine’s only original King Mob statement, co-written by Phil Cohen (also known for his involvement with the London Street Commune and the 144 Piccadilly squat) and Donald Nicholson Smith. Reprinted in King Mob Echo: English Section of the Situationist International (London: Dark Star, 2000), pp. 71-81

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King Mob. King Mob 2: Letters on Student Power. London: BCM/King Mob, November 1968. n.p. [4 p.]; ill.; 24 x 36 cm.; ill. B&W wrappers with text in black.

This second issue, entitled “King Mob: Two Letters on Student Power”, contains the group’s response to and critique of the student revolts and the anti-university movement, with the central text by Christopher Gray (formerly of the Situationist International). Also included is a brief article by Richard Huelsenbeck on the same topic, which mentions Trocchi.  Reprinted in King Mob Echo: English Section of the Situationist International (London: Dark Star, 2000), pp.85-90

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King Mob. King Mob 3. London: BCM/King Mob, May 1969. 16 p.; ill.; 25 x 36 cm.; ill. White wrappers with picture of a menacing werewolf, text in black and white.

This third issue features a striking front cover with a picture of a werewolf. It reprints content from Ben Morea’s Black Mask journal and advertizes Black Mask / Up Against the Wall Motherfucker’s actions in the United States (“The first year Black Mask seized every possible opportunity of fucking up culture”) . It includes the famous action to close the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As always, illustrations are stunning and speak to the group’s radicalism and nihilistic outlook. Reprinted in King Mob Echo: English Section of the Situationist International (London: Dark Star, 2000), pp.101-122

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King Mob. King Mob 5. Inglewood (Australia): The King Mob Collective, n.d. [1970]. n.p. [8 p.]; ill.; 22.5 x 36 cm.; ill. B&W with text in black.

This scarce fifth issue was published in Australia, seemingly independently from the British group but with similar layout and content. Contents include: “Those Still  in Prison” (a criticism of the prison system from an anarchist standpoint); “Editorial”; “Join the Revolution”; “Total self-management” (a discussion of workers councils and self-management); “The Last Puppet Show” (a criticism of students and Universities), etc. Also reprints excerpts from Fredy Perlman’s The Reproduction of Daily Life  and comics from old King Mob leaflets and journals. Provides a number of contacts, primarily of Anarchist bookstores in Australia and New Zealand. Incompletely reprinted in King Mob Echo: English Section of the Situationist International (London: Dark Star, 2000), pp.123-124

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King Mob. King Mob 6: Notes from the Underground. London: BCM/King Mob, n.d. [1970]. n.p. [4 p.]; ill.; 25 x 34 cm.; ill. B&W wrappers with text in black.

This scarce sixth issue contains of a single, lengthy article on the revolutionary struggle against monopoly capitalism and the commodity hierarchy. Christopher Gray has suggested that it may have been written by Dave Wise, who has stated that it was mainly written by Ian and Diana Clegg “with a little distant help from their…friends from Newcastle”. One section reads: “Monopoly capitalism will construct its Ministry of Leisure over Western Europe: Butlins camps or rarified Belsens all along the Costa Brava”, a meme that found its way into the lyrics for “Holidays in the Sun” and Jamie Reid’s punk slogan, “Cheap Holidays in Other Peoples Misery”. Reprinted in King Mob Echo: English Section of the Situationist International (London: Dark Star, 2000), pp.125-129.

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King Mob. King Mob Publications. London: BCM/King Mob, n.d. [1970]. 1 p.; 20.5x 34 cm.; black ink on white stock.

Leaflet that lists the titles and prices of the group’s publications: The first three issues of the journal (“King Mob no.1 – Vaneigem on Situationism and Norman O Brown on Genitality”; “King Mob no.2 – Two Letters on Student Power”; “King Mob no.3 – The Great Motherfucker Revolution), two posters (“King Mob Motherfucker Poster” and “Luddites’69”), a number of Situationist publications (“Ten Days that Shook the university (Situationist International); “Vaneigem: ‘Totality for Kids’ (Situationist International); “Situationist Comic”; “Theses on the Commune”). Three handwritten additions are made in red pen: “Unitary Urbanism”; “SMASHIT Cartoon”; and “King Mob 6 – Work / out shortly”. Includes the King Mob stamp with the group’s W.C.1 address in London.

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