Free Press: The Underground and Alternative Press, 1965-1975

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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...
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Overview

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789314963
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Jean-François Bizot founded the French underground magazine Actuel in 1970. Barry Miles was a central figure of '60 counterculture and is the author of many books on the subject.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : notes from underground 6
We are the future! : the free press is everywhere 9
Freak out! : first slogan of the free press 49
Power to the people! : the free press gets militant 89
Down with male domination! : the free press, the women's movement and gay liberation 117
Black power! : the free press for equal rights 159
Protect the planet! : the free press supports green politics 175
Blank generation : the free press is hit by the glam explosion and winds up punk 195
An enlightening history of the Underground Press Syndicate : as told by Jean-Francoise Bizot 226
Further enlightenment : the stories behind the images 228
Chronology of the underground years, 1965-75 253
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