On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.

On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1604864559

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Forthright anecdotes and interviews fill this eye-opening account of the birth of the underground newspaper movement. Stemming from frustration with the lack of any mainstream media criticism of the Vietnam War, the creation of the papers was emboldened by the victories of the Civil Rights–era, anticolonial movements in the Third World and the use of LSD. In the four short years from 1965–1969, the subversive press grew from five small newspapers in five cities in the United States to more than 500 newspapers—with millions of readers—all over the world. Stories by the people involved with the production and distribution of the papers, such as Bill Ayers, Paul Buhle, Paul Krassner, and Trina Robbins, bring the history of the movement to life. Full-color scans taken from a broad range of publications, from the Berkeley Barb and the Los Angeles Free Press to Chicago Seed and Screw: The Sex Review, are also included, showing the incredible energy that fueled the counterculture of the 1960s.

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with as much media manipulation as we could. If we gave them good quotes, they gave us free publicity. We could, in that context, get the information out about some kind of march or rally that was gonna take place, any protest action. The most notorious thing I published was “The Parts That Were Left Out of the Kennedy Book” in 1967. Now that’s the thing that people remember the most, and that remains my own favorite because it was an exercise in nurturing the incredible in the credible context

pamphlet—which was one of the first to explore the power structure of the university (there was also How Harvard Rules and several others that came out subsequently)—was groundbreaking. JEFFREY BLANKFORT San Francisco Express Times, San Francisco Good Times When I got there [the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago] I went to the office of the headquarters of the Yippies. Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden were there—I don’t think Abbie Hoffman was there—and they told me I should take

vol. 8, no. 9 (1972). HARVEY WASSERMAN Liberation News Service LNS became very, very popular. We had, I don’t know, four or five hundred subscribers around the U.S. and people used our stuff. On the left we were a major force, but we were just a ragtag bunch of hippies. When I would come to D.C., I would stay at the same house we stayed at during the Pentagon march, and I’d go in and write articles and type them up and deal with the mailings and stuff. I’ll never forget one time … it was

and I have made this point to people, that the underground press was a very important outlet for the ideas coming from the gay movement. Gay people were pretty much ignored by the establishment press in 1969 and 1970. They were just ignoring what we were doing—they didn’t really understand it, and they didn’t seem interested in it. Underground newspapers, with very few exceptions, were happy to publish material about the gay movement, publish the work of gay writers. They published personal ads

Signal will come to serve as a unique and irreplaceable resource for activist artists and academic researchers, as well as an active forum for critique of the role of art in revolution. Although a full color printed publication, Signal is not limited to the graphic arts. Within its pages you will find political posters and fine arts, comics and murals, street art, site specific works, zines, art collectives, documentation of performance and articles on the often overlooked but essential role all

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