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Underground: The London Alternative Press, 1966–74

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In the mid 1960s a new journalism erupted in London and across the western world in the writings and graphics of the underground press. Cultural and political movements coalesced and polemicized in papers and magazines providing the backbone of a counter-culture. Its exponents were poets, artists, activists, hustlers, mystics, post-Beat and rock freaks, drawn from Britain, ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published 1988 by Routledge
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nigel Fountain was a contributor to the London alternative press in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and two decades later he looked back on this historic scene in this highly detailed history, with an enormous amount of information in its mere 231 pages.

Although he focuses on the period 1966–74, Fountain begins in the mid-1950s with John Wilcock, a Yorkshireman who moved to New York and founded the Village Voice, one of the first underground publications anywhere. Wilcock's journalism celebrate
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UNDERGROUND: The London Alternative Press 1966-74 tracks the rise of It, Oz, Black Dwarf, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf's Garden, Ink, 7 Days, and Time Out. But almost as soon as each venture was launched, it began to face challenges. Fountain's book dedicates extensive space towards diagnosing the death of the underground press in the early 1970s. The rise of feminism in the UK made the male-directed and free love-obsessed underground press look increasingly out of touch. Violent political radicalism ...more
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“The issues the underground press raised have not been settled. In colder times they may have frosted over, but as long as individuals and groups seek to take control of their own lives the experiences of those times contain information that can and must be used.” 2 likes
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