By Sean Stewart

Forthright anecdotes and interviews fill this eye-opening account of the delivery of the underground newspaper circulate. Stemming from frustration with the shortcoming of any mainstream media feedback of the Vietnam conflict, the construction of the papers was once emboldened by way of the victories of the Civil Rights–era, anticolonial pursuits within the 3rd international and using LSD. within the 4 brief years from 1965–1969, the subversive press grew from 5 small newspapers in 5 towns within the usa to greater than 500 newspapers—with thousands of readers—all over the realm. tales by means of the folks concerned with the construction and distribution of the papers, comparable to invoice Ayers, Paul Buhle, Paul Krassner, and Trina Robbins, deliver the background of the flow to lifestyles. Full-color scans taken from a huge diversity of guides, from the Berkeley Barb and the l. a. unfastened Press to Chicago Seed and Screw: The intercourse assessment, also are integrated, exhibiting the excellent strength that fueled the counterculture of the Nineteen Sixties.

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Peter Simon shoots the Rolling Stones at Boston Garden. PETER SIMON Cambridge Phoenix, Real Paper I grew up with my father being an amateur photographer. I followed in his footsteps wherever he went. He taught me early on how to use the darkroom, and then he died when I was only twelve and I inherited all his equipment. I actually started a group and a, sort of, photo magazine, a studentrun magazine, that I would distribute to students. This was when I was fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and I was photo editor of the student newspaper and the yearbook and would also work for a local paper in my hometown, which was called Riverdale, right outside New York.

This was amateur journalism at its most ardent, and as with the campus magazines no one actually paid. The enthusiasm met and actually created an audience of fifty to a thousand or more that wanted more personal expression than what was available in mainstream publications, commercial newspapers, or even in the fading left-wing press (once abundant and full of semiamateurs learning their trade by practicing it but down, by the end of the fifties, to a handful of monthlies, a few weeklies, and a semiweekly Worker, from the Communists).

I was a musician and every time I got out of jail I went back around the jazz world and got readdicted. I was in prison several times, but when I finally kicked for the last time, I was in jail and I got very sick, so they put me in the prison hospital, which was one ward in Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. In that prison hospital (which was some transition between prison and hospital; it was not a prison atmosphere, but yet it was segregated from the rest of the hospital) there was an occupational therapist that befriended me, a woman.

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