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Paul Krassner (April 9, 1932) was the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the freethought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. With the radical humor of his publication shattering taboos and breaking barriers, Krassner became a key figure in the counterculture of the 1960s. is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logical principles and not be compromised by authority, tradition, or any other dogma. ... ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ...



Krassner was a child violin prodigy (and was the youngest person ever to play Carnegie Hall, in 1939 at age six),[1] but his career took a different turn in the 1950s when he became an important figure in many aspects of politically edged humor and satire in the U.S. Krassner was a founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1967, and a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, famous for prankster activism. He was a close protege of the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, and the editor of Bruce's autobiography. He also worked on early issues of Mad Magazine. The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A child prodigy is someone who is a master of one or more skills or arts at an early age. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yippie flag, ca. ... Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and as a counter-cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the beat generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Harvey Kurtzmans cover for the first issue of the comic book Mad Mad is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ...

The Realist

Main article: The Realist

The Realist was published on a fairly regular schedule during the 1960s, then on an irregular schedule after the early 1970s. In 1966, Krassner published The Realist's controversial "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" poster, illustrated by Wally Wood, and he recently made this famed black-and-white poster available in a digital color version. The Realist also distributed a red, white, and blue parody Cold War bumper sticker that read "FUCK COMMUNISM". Perhaps Krassner's most notorious satire was an article following the Kennedy assassination that depicted LBJ sexually assaulting JFK's corpse. ... ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Disneyland Memorial Orgy is a black and white drawing done by Wally Wood for humorist Paul Krassners underground publication The Realist. ... Wallace Wally Wood (born June 17, 1927, Menahga, Minnesota, United States; died November 2, 1981), was an American writer-artist best known for his work in EC Comics and Mad. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Bumper stickers are often used on commercial vehicles so that employers can receive feedback about the driving habits of their employees A bumper sticker is an adhesive label or sticker with a message, intended to be attached to the bumper of an automobile and to be read by the occupants... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... John F. Kennedy The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 PM Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC). ... “LBJ” redirects here. ... Sexual assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature without voluntary consent. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ...

Krassner revived it as a much smaller newsletter during the mid-1980s when material from the magazine was collected in The Best of the Realist: The 60's Most Outrageously Irreverent Magazine (Running Press, 1985). The final issue of The Realist was #146 (Spring, 2001). The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Paul Krassner is the only person to win awards from both Playboy magazine (for satire) and the Feminist Party Media Workshop (for journalism). He was inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, received an ACLU Uppie (Upton Sinclair) Award for dedication to freedom of expression, and, according to some sources, was described by the FBI as "a raving, unconfined nut." In 2005 he received a Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes for his essay on the 6-CD package Lenny Bruce: Let the Buyer Beware. For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... Promotion poster for the 18th Cannabis Cup The Cannabis Cup is a festival that was started in 1987 by High Times editor Steven Hager, who came to The Netherlands for an interview with the founder of the first Dutch cannabis-seed company. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is a non_governmental organization devoted to defending civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. ... Upton Sinclair Jr. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ...

Krassner remains a prolific writer and lecturer. He has been a frequent speaker at both the Starwood Festival[1][2] and the WinterStar Symposium.[3][4] Currently, he is a columnist for Disinfotainment Today, AVN Online, and High Times Magazine, and a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. He was featured at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Wavy Gravy during their exhibit entitled I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era 1965-1969 [2]. He often appears as a stand-up comedian, and he was among those featured in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats (film). Logo from 1999 Starwood is a festival presented by the Association for Consciousness Exploration (ACE), along with many volunteers during a week in the month of July. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... AVN (Adult Video News) magazine is the standard trade magazine of the pornography industry in the United States. ... High Times is a United States based magazine. ... Logo of Huffington Post The Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPo or HuffPost) is a politically liberal online news website and aggregated weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, featuring hyperlinks to various news sources and columnists. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and... Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Romney on May 15, 1936) is a life-long activist for peace and personal empowerment, best known for his hippie appearance, personality, and beliefs. ... I Want to Take You Higher is a 1969 song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, the b-side to their Top 30 hit Stand!. Unlike most of the other tracks on the Stand! album, I Want to Take You Higher is not a message song... The Aristocrats is a 2005 documentary film about the infamous dirty joke of the same name. ...



  • 1971 - How a Satirical Editor Became a Yippie Conspirator in Ten Easy Years (Putnam)
  • 1981 - Tales of Tongue Fu (And/Or Press)
  • 1985 - The Best of the Realist: The 60's Most Outrageously Irreverent Magazine (Running Press) ISBN 0-89471-289-6
  • 1994 - Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture (Touchstone) ISBN 0-671-89843-4
  • 1997 - The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner Introduction by Kurt Vonnegut (Seven Stories Press) ISBN 1-888363-44-4
  • 1999 - High Times Presents Paul Krassner's Pot Stories for the Soul compiled by Krassner with a forward by Ellison, Harlan (High Times) ISBN 1-893010-02-3
  • 1999 - Paul Krassner's Impolite Interviews (Seven Stories Press) ISBN 1-888363-92-4
  • 2000 - Sex, Drugs, and the Twinkie Murders (Loompanics Unlimited) ISBN 1-55950-206-1
  • 2002 - Murder at the Conspiracy Convention: And Other American Absurdities introduced by George Carlin (Barricade Books, Inc.) ISBN 1-56980-231-9
  • 2001 - Paul Krassner's Psychedelic Trips for the Mind (High Times Press) ISBN 1-893010-07-4
  • 2004 - Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy (Ten Speed Press) ISBN 1-58008-581-4
  • 2005 - One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist, Foreword by Harry Shearer, Introduction by Lewis Black (Seven Stories Press) ISBN 1-58322-696-6

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism. ... Cover image of High Times premiere issue, Summer 1974. ... George Dennis Carlin (born May 12, 1937 in New York, New York)[2] is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor. ...


The Nation (ISSN 0027-8378) is a weekly [1] U.S. periodical devoted to politics and culture, self-described as the flagship of the left. [2] Founded on July 6, 1865 as an Abolitionist publication, it is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. ...


  • 1999 - Sex, Drugs and the Antichrist: Paul Krassner at MIT (Sheridan Square Entertainment)
  • 2000 - Campaign In the Ass (Artemis Records)
  • 2002 - Irony Lives (Artemis Records)
  • 2004 - The Zen Bastard Rides Again (Artemis Records)


  1. ^ "An IMC Interview with Paul Krassner" by Brian A. Pace, 06.May.2004 14:05
  2. ^ Kates, Bill (1997). Best of the Fests: Starwood Festival in High Times, 1997
  3. ^ Association for Consciousness Exploration. Paul Krassner
  4. ^ Association for Consciousness Exploration. WinterStar Symposium 1998

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A crucial figure in the development of the American alternative press, Krassner was denounced by the FBI as a "raving, unconfined nut" for his independent journal the Realist, an unpredictable blend of genuine reporting, outlandish satire, witty sociopolitical commentary, and provocative subject matter.
Krassner also contributed articles to a variety of publications, winning awards from groups as diverse as Playboy magazine and the Feminist Party Media Workshop, and even served for a short time as an editor at Larry Flynt's notorious Hustler during the late '70s.
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