FUCK The ARMY. Wisconsin Alliance Benefit. Vietnam War Protest Ephemera.

FUCK The ARMY. Wisconsin Alliance Benefit.

[Madison, WI]: [1975]. 1st Printing. Broadside, printed in black on purple paper. With a center illustration, satirical in nature, of US soldiers with screws through the center of each, and FUCK THE ARMY in large letters across the top. Jane Fonda’s and Donald Sutherland’s names bracket the center graphic. 17" x 10-7/8". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Faint horizontal fold line, faint discoloration along vertical edges, otherwise VG+. Item #49303

The FTA Show (or FTA Tour or Free The Army tour), a play on the common troop expression "Fuck The Army" (which in turn was a play on the army slogan "Fun, Travel and Adventure"), was a 1971 anti-Vietnam War road show for GIs designed as a response to Bob Hope's patriotic and pro-war USO tour. The idea was first conceived by Howard Levy, an ex-US Army doctor who had just been released from 26 months in Fort Leavenworth military prison for refusing orders to train Green Beret medics on their way to the Vietnam War. Levy convinced actress Jane Fonda who recruited a number of actors, entertainers, musicians and others, including the actors Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle, Garry Goodrow and Michael Alaimo, comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory and soul and R&B singer Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams Jr). Alan Myerson, of San Francisco improv comedy group The Committee, agreed to direct, while cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer and playwrights Barbara Garson and Herb Gardner wrote songs and skits for the show. Fred Gardner, the originator of the antiwar GI Coffeehouse movement, became the Tour's "stage manager and liaison to the coffeehouse staffs.' At various times other actors, writers, musicians, comedians and entertainers were involved. The United States Servicemen's Fund (USSF), with Dr. Levy as one of its principle organizers, became the official sponsor of the tour. The anti-Vietnam War USSF promoted free speech within the US military, funded and supported independent GI newspapers and coffeehouses, and worked to defend the legal rights of GIs. Sponsorship was later taken over by a group called the Entertainment Industry for Peace & Justice (EIPJ)." [Wiki]

Research indicates this broadside advertises a 1975 filming of the an FTA performance. See the Wisconsin State Journal [Madison WI], April 15, 1975.

Price: $295.00

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