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Underground & Alternative Publications 1965-1975

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Random House, Inc.
Taking its collective name from the wartime "underground press" of Europe's anti-Nazi resistance, the publications examined here were all members of the Underground Press Syndicate (later renamed the Alternative Press Syndicate), founded in 1967 so that member papers could freely share and reprint material. This utopian model resulted in an explosion of alternative publications worldwide as every small start-up had access to the work of soon-to-be famous writers, journalists, artists, and graphic designers. Among the notable figures whose work has appeared in these pages are Hunter S. Thompson, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ken Kesey, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman—to name only a few. The underground press documented everything from politics and art to film and fashion. Among the publications featured here are The Los Angeles Free Press (persecuted by the Nixon-era FBI for its antiwar views), The East Village Other (the first to adopt a psychedelic layout), Interview (founded by Andy Warhol and the first to feature homoerotic imagery), The Chicago Seed, Oracle, and The Berkeley Barb (famous for one cover showing a young man with a chain around his mind). The ideas unleashed in these now vintage publications continue to reverberate through society and influence public discourse and graphic design in the form of today's 'zines and online blogs.

Baker & Taylor
Surveying publications that were members of the Underground Press Syndicate, a nostalgic tour-de-force examines how alternative newspapers documented a wide range of interests from politics and art to film and fashion, in a volume that discusses key contributors and the ways in which the syndicate influenced culture. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
This nostalgic tour-de-force celebrates the alternative newspapers that forever influenced culture, politics, and society. Taking the collective name from the wartime "underground press" of Europe's anti-Nazi resistance, the rebellious countercultural publications examined here were all members of the Underground Press Syndicate (later renamed the Alternative Press Syndicate), which was founded in 1967 so that member papers could freely share material. This utopian model perfectly suited the times. The work of soon to be famous writers and artists such as Hunter S. Thompson, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ken Kesey, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman was soon widely available from coast to coast.
An outgrowth of the global youth movement, the underground press documented everything from politics and art to film and fashion -with a sizeable leavening of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Among the featured publications are The Los Angeles Free Press (persecuted by the Nixon-era FBI for its antiwar views), The East Village Other (the first to adopt a psychedelic layout), Interview (founded by Andy Warhol and the first to feature homoerotic imagery), The Berkeley Barb (famous for one cover showing a young man with a chain around his mind), The San Francisco Oracle (which featured the writing of Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti), and Fifth Estate (which coined the phrase "all isms are was-isms").

Publisher: New York : Universe, 2006
Description: 255 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm
ISBN: 9780789314963
0789314967
Branch Call Number: 071.309 Biz

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