Stoney Burns, a Sixties icon who was a pioneer in the underground press in Texas, died of a heart attack in Dallas on April 28, 2011, at the age of 68. Burns, who was called “King of the Hippies” by some, started several alternative publications including Dallas Notes, the Iconoclast, and the music paper, Buddy. Burns — a colorful figure with an anarchic style — was incessantly harassed by the Dallas authorities, who charged him with obscenity, beat him mercilessly, tore up his offices, and confiscated his equipment — and eventually busted him for a joint’s worth of pot (though his 10-year-and-a-day sentence was later commuted).

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