"You are invited to a party at Rough Trade East this Friday, 7 May, to launch the new Idler. It starts at six sharp and will end at 8pm. Our DJ for the night is Mr Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, and there will be live performances from Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, Asbo Kid, Louis Eliot and Zodiac Youth. I will personally torture you with a rendition of “Big Rock Candy Mountains” on the ukulele, and Ian Bone and Ray Roughler-Jones will discuss Ray’s new book. You’ll be able to buy the new Idler at the shop. It is even more splendid than the previous one. We have raised our costs and have even employed a proper proof-reader. It contains a long interview with David Hockney, who has also contributed two sketches. There are essays on land reform, the 13th century, the commons, hedgehogs and the Dacha system, and pics from Stanley Donwood, Clifford Harper and Alice Smith. Our typesetter is Mr Christian Brett of Rochdale. Long live beauty, truth and William Morris! Hail William Blake and Samuel Johnson! Bow down before William Cobbett, Robin Hood, and all defenders of liberty! Anarchy and allotments! Cakes and ale!" Tom Hodgkinson
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