[Counterculture Newspaper]; Brodie, Hugh, Fountain, Nigel and Lyndon, Neil (Eds). Idiot International. London and Paris: Idiot International Publications, 1970. First Edition. Elephant Folio. Unbound. Newspaper. Good. Nine issues (complete) of the English edition of Idiot International. Issue 1, January, 16pp; Issue 2, February, 20pp; Issue 3, March, 20pp; Issue 4, April, 24pp; Issue 5, May, 24pp; Issue 6, June, 24pp; Issue 7, July, 24pp; Issue 8, August, p and Issue 9, October, 24pp.
Slightly creased from old folds, issue 9 with some handling marks to margins, otherwise fairly bright and clean.
The English edition of the paper which was also printed in Milan and Paris, Noyce notes that “the continental editions survived longer than the British edition, which was characterised by a distinct lack of business sense” (Noyce, ‘The Directory of British Alternative Periodicals 1965-1974′, pages 141-2). For Widgery it was “a non-sectarian paper of the revolutionary Left … most of the issues did not leave the distributors’ copious basement” (Widgery, ‘The Left in Britain 1956-1968’, page 485). More interesting than many of its contemporaries (in this cataloguer’s opinion)