A MURAL has been revived to mark the opening of a Brighton Fringe show which promises an immersive journey through the streets of 1960s and 1970s Brighton.
Artists Jolie Booth and Sinna One resurrected the famous Unicorn Bookshop mural, now on the side of Allen and Sons Quality Repairs in Gloucester Road, to celebrate the occasion.
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke.
The discovery of Anne’s diaries and letters by Ms Booth, a former squatter, unearthed a huge archive of stories and information about the city they both loved.
Returning to the Brighton Fringe this year, the show is an amalgam of a theatrical experience, a walking tour and a pub crawl.
The tour begins at the Clock Tower every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout May, visiting the places Anne wrote about.
The tales told on the tour reveal how her life left an imprint on the city.
She used to work at the Unicorn Bookshop in the 1960s.
Once a hotspot for the city’s hippy scene, the shop and printing press were run by the larger-than-life, openly gay American proprietor Bill Butler.
Mr Butler, full name William Huxford Butler, was also a beat poet and occultist.
Standing at more than 6ft tall, he lived in nearby Over Street.
One of his own books, which he published under the pen name Hassan Sabbah, was called Leaves of Grass: the Hash Cookbook.
The shop boasted the first shop front mural in the country and many argued it was the beginning of UK street art.
Originally painted by psychedelic artist John Upton in 1965, street artist Mr One – who was responsible for the Prince Albert’s dead rock stars mural on the side of the Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street – paid homage to his original masterpiece but with a modern-day twist.
He said: “As soon as I saw the old photo of the Unicorn Bookshop I said to Jolie, that looks like Lady Rainicorn (the part unicorn, part rainbow character from the animation hit series Adventure Time).
“Straight away I suggested we recreate the original design on the front of the shop, but with an updated version.”
The bookshop used to specialise in modern poetry, in particular stocking the work of Allen Ginsberg and other similar American and British poets.
Graham Greene, author of Brighton Rock, described at as one of the most interesting book shops in Britain.
After closing the shop, owner Bill Butler moved to South Wales where he died in 1977.
For more details visit brightonfringe.org.