Felix Dennis, the flamboyant magazine publisher, poet and entrepreneur who was one of the editors of 1960s counter-culture title Oz, has died aged 67. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Karl Dallas comments:
I knew Felix as a fellow underground journalist in the Sixties, though I published in IT rather than Oz. I campaigned for his release from jail.
When I was canned from Melody Maker for being “too old” for their hoped-for new readership, I had already started writing about computers. One day I was walking through Bloomsbury and we met. When he told me he had just bought Personal Computer World, I managed to get a gig on the new weekly edition.
So followed several years when I found myself on trips to IBM and other IT conventions, which made a change from Pink Floyd and the Paris Collections.
I followed his subsequent career as a port with some envy, since no one seemed to take my stuff as seriously as his.
I still read his Week mag to keep up with whatever stuff I might have missed in the past seven days (since apart from the Morning Star, I don’t have time read a daily broadsheet).
Hail and farewell, Felix. Appropriately named. You made the world a happier place.