The terms underground press or clandestine press refer to periodicals and publications that are produced without official approval, illegally or against the wishes of a dominant (governmental, religious, or institutional) group.
In specific recent (post-World War II) Asian, American and Western European context, the term "underground press" has most frequently been employed to refer to the independently published and distributed underground papers associated with the counterculture
of the late 1960s and early 1970s in India
in Asia, in the United States
in North America, and the United Kingdom
and other western nations. It can also refer to the newspapers produced independently in repressive regimes. In German occupied Europe
, for example, a thriving underground press
operated, usually in association with the Resistance
. Other notable examples include the ''samizdat
'' and ''bibuła
'', which operated in the Soviet Union
respectively, during the Cold War
In Western Europe, a century after the invention of the printing press, a widespread underground press emerged in the mid-16th century with the clandestine circulation of Calvinist
books and broadsides, many of them printed in Geneva, which were secretly smuggled into other nations where the carriers
who distributed such literature might face imprisonment, torture or death. Both Protestant and Catholic nations fought the introduction of Calvinism, which with its emphasis on intractable evil made its appeal to alienated, outsider subcultures willing to violently rebel against both church and state. In 18th century France, a large illegal underground press of the Enlightenment emerged, circulating anti-Royalist, anti-clerical and pornographic works in a context where all published works were officially required to be licensed. Starting in the mid-19th century an underground press sprang up in many countries around the world for the purpose of circulating the publications of banned Marxist political parties; during the German Nazi occupation of Europe, clandestine presses sponsored and subsidized by the Allies were set up in many of the occupied nations, although it proved nearly impossible to build any sort of effective underground press movement within Germany itself.
The French resistance
published a large and active underground press that printed over 2 million newspapers a month; the leading titles were ''Combat
'', ''Défense de la France
'', and ''Le Franc-Tireur
.'' Each paper was the organ of a separate resistance network, and funds were provided from Allied headquarters in London and distributed to the different papers by resistance leader Jean Moulin
. Allied prisoners of war
(POWs) published an underground newspaper called POW WOW
. In Eastern Europe
, also since approximately 1940, underground publications were known by the name ''samizdat
The countercultural underground press movement of the 1960s borrowed the name from previous "underground presses" such as the Dutch underground press
during the Nazi
occupations of the 1940s. Those predecessors were truly "underground", meaning they were illegal, thus published and distributed covertly. While the countercultural "underground" papers frequently battled with governmental authorities, for the most part they were distributed openly through a network of street vendors, newsstands and head shop
s, and thus reached a wide audience.
The underground press in the 1960s and 1970s existed in most countries with high GDP per capita and freedom of the press
; similar publications existed in some developing countries and as part of the ''samizdat'' movement in the communist state
s, notably Czechoslovakia
. Published as weeklies, monthlies, or "occasionals", and usually associated with left-wing politics
, they evolved on the one hand into today's alternative weeklies
and on the other into zine
The most prominent underground publication in Australia was a satirical magazine called ''OZ
'' (1963 to 1969), which initially owed a debt to local university student newspapers such as Honi Soit (University of Sydney) and Tharunka (University of New South Wales), along with the UK magazine ''Private Eye
''. The original edition appeared in Sydney on April Fools' Day, 1963 and continued sporadically until 1969. Editions published after February 1966 were edited by Richard Walsh
, following the departure for the UK of his original co-editors Richard Neville
and Martin Sharp
, who went on to found a British edition (''London Oz'') in January 1967. In Melbourne Phillip Frazer, founder and editor of pop music magazine ''Go-Set
'' since January 1966, branched out into alternate, underground publications with ''Revolution
'' in 1970, followed by ''High Times
'' (1971 to 1972) and ''The Digger
'' (1972 to 1975).
List of Australian underground papers
* ''The Digger
* ''The Living Daylights
* ''High Times
* ''OZ Sydney
* ''New Dawn'' magazine
* ''Nexus'' magazine
In the United Kingdom
, Barry Miles
, John Hopkins
and others produced ''International Times
'' from October 1966 which, following legal threats from ''The Times'' newspaper was renamed ''IT''.
arrived in London from Australia where he had edited ''Oz'' (1963 to 1969). He launched a British version (1967 to 1973), which was A4
(as opposed to ''IT'''
s broadsheet format). Very quickly, the relaunched ''Oz'' shed its more austere satire magazine image and became a mouthpiece of the Underground. It was the most colourful and visually adventurous of the alternative press (sometimes to the point of near-illegibility), with designers like Martin Sharp
. Other publications followed, such as ''Friends
'' (later ''Frendz''), based in the Ladbroke Grove
area of London
'', which was more overtly political, and ''Gandalf's Garden
'' which espoused the mystic path.
Neville published an account of the counterculture
called ''Playpower'', in which he described most of the world's underground publications. He also listed many of the regular key topics from those publications including Vietnam, Black Power, politics, police brutality, hippies and lifestyle revolution, drugs, popular music, new society, cinema, theatre, graphics, cartoons, etc.
The underground press offered a platform to the socially impotent and mirrored the changing way of life in the UK underground
Police harassment of the British underground in general became commonplace, to the point that in 1967 the police seemed to focus in particular on the apparent source of agitation: the underground press. The police campaign may have had an effect contrary to that which was presumably intended. If anything, according to one or two who were there at the time, it actually made the underground press stronger. "It focused attention, stiffened resolve, and tended to confirm that what we were doing was considered dangerous to the establishment", remembered Mick Farren
From April 1967, and for some while later, the police raided the offices of ''International Times'' to try, it was alleged, to force the paper out of business. In order to raise money for ''IT'' a benefit event was put together, "The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream" Alexandra Palace
on 29 April 1967.
On one occasion – in the wake of yet another raid on ''IT'' – London's alternative press succeeded in pulling off what was billed as a 'reprisal attack' on the police. The paper ''Black Dwarf'' published a detailed floor-by-floor 'Guide to Scotland Yard
', complete with diagrams, descriptions of locks on particular doors, and snippets of overheard conversation. The anonymous author, or 'blue dwarf', as he styled himself, claimed to have perused archive files, and even to have sampled one or two brands of scotch in the Commissioner's office. The London ''Evening Standard
'' headlined the incident as "Raid on the Yard". A day or two later ''The Daily Telegraph
'' announced that the prank had resulted in all security passes to the police headquarters having to be withdrawn and then re-issued.
By the end of the decade, community artists and bands such as Pink Floyd
(before they "went commercial"), The Deviants
, Pink Fairies
, Michael Moorcock
and Steve Peregrin Took
would arise in a symbiotic co-operation with the underground press. The underground press publicised these bands and this made it possible for them to tour and get record deals. The band members travelled around spreading the ethos and the demand for the newspapers and magazines grew and flourished for a while.
The flaunting of sexuality within the underground press provoked prosecution. ''IT'' was taken to court for publishing small ads for homosexuals
; despite the 1967 legalisation
of homosexuality between consenting adults in private, importuning remained subject to prosecution. The ''Oz'' "School Kids" issue, brought charges against the three ''Oz'' editors who were convicted and given jail sentences. This was the first time the Obscene Publications Act 1959
was combined with a moral conspiracy charge. The convictions were, however, overturned on appeal.
Apart from publications such as ''IT'' and ''Oz'', both of which had a national circulation, the 1960s and 1970s saw the emergence of a whole range of local alternative newspapers, which were usually published monthly. These were largely made possible by the introduction in the 1950s of offset litho printing
, which was much cheaper than traditional typesetting and use of the rotary letterpress. Such local papers included ''Aberdeen Peoples Press'', ''Alarm'' (Swansea), ''Andersonstown News'' (Belfast), ''Brighton Voice
'', ''Bristol Voice'', ''Feedback'' (Norwich), ''Hackney People's Press'', ''Islington Gutter Press'', ''Leeds Other Paper'', ''Response'' (Earl's Court, London), ''Sheffield Free Press'', and the ''West Highland Free Press''. A 1980 review identified some 70 such publications around the United Kingdom but estimated that the true number could well have run into hundreds. Such papers were usually published anonymously, for fear of the UK's draconian libel laws. They followed a broad anarchist
, left-wing of the Labour Party
, socialist approach but the philosophy of a paper was usually flexible as those responsible for its production came and went. Most papers were run on collective
List of UK underground papers
* ''Black Dwarf
* ''Brighton Voice
* ''The Fanatic
'' (later ''Frendz'')
* ''Gandalf's Garden
* ''Gay News
* ''Idiot International
* ''International Times
'' (also ''IT'')
* ''Muther Grumble
* ''Peace News
* ''Running Man''
In North America
In the United States, the term ''underground'' did not mean ''illegal'' as it would in other countries. The First Amendment
and various court decisions (e.g. ''Near v. Minnesota
'') give very broad rights to anyone to publish a newspaper or other publication, and severely restrict the government in any effort to close down or censor a private publication. In fact, when censorship attempts are made by government agencies, they are either done in clandestine fashion (to keep it from being known the action is being taken by a government agency) or are usually ordered stopped by the courts when judicial action is taken in response to them.
A publication must, in general, be committing a crime (for example, reporters burglarizing someone's office to obtain information about a news item); violating the law in publishing a particular article or issue (printing obscene material, copyright infringement, libel, breaking a non-disclosure agreement); directly threatening national security; or causing or potentially causing an imminent emergency
(the "clear and present danger
" standard) to be ordered stopped or otherwise suppressed, and then usually only the particular offending article or articles in question will be banned, while the newspaper itself is allowed to continue operating and can continue publishing other articles.
In the U.S. the term ''underground newspaper'' generally refers to an independent (and typically smaller) newspaper focusing on unpopular themes or counterculture issues. Typically, these tend to be politically to the left or far left. More narrowly, in the U.S. the term "underground newspaper" most often refers to publications of the period 1965–1973, when a sort of boom or craze for local tabloid underground newspapers swept the country in the wake of court decisions making prosecution for obscenity far more difficult. These publications became the voice of the rising New Left
and the hippie/psychedelic/rock and roll counterculture of the 1960s in America, and a focal point of opposition to the Vietnam War and the draft.
In the period 1969–1970, a number of these papers grew more militant and began to openly discuss armed revolution against the state, printing manuals for bombing and urging readers to buy guns; but this new trend of the pacifistic underground press toward violent confrontation soon fell silent after the rise and fall of the Weatherman Underground
and the tragic shootings at Kent State
By the end of 1972, with the end of the draft and the winding down of the Vietnam War there was increasingly little reason for the underground press to exist. A number of papers passed out of existence during this time; among the survivors a newer and less polemical view toward middle-class values and working within the system emerged. The underground press began to evolve into the socially conscious, life-style oriented alternative press
that predominates this form of weekly print media in 2013 in North America
In 1973, the landmark Supreme Court decision in ''Miller v. California
'' re-enabled local obscenity prosecutions after a long hiatus. This sounded the death knell for much of the remaining underground press (including underground comix
), largely by making the local head shop
s which stocked underground papers and comix in communities around the country more vulnerable to prosecution.
The North American countercultural press of the 1960s drew inspiration from predecessors that had begun in the 1950s, such as the ''Village Voice
'' and Paul Krassner's
satirical paper ''The Realist
.'' Arguably, the first underground newspaper of the 1960s was the ''Los Angeles Free Press
'', founded in 1964 and first published under that name in 1965. In mid-1966, the cooperative Underground Press Syndicate
(UPS) was formed at the instigation of Walter Bowart, the publisher of another early paper, the ''East Village Other
''. The UPS allowed member papers to freely reprint content from any of the other member papers. Also playing a major role was Liberation News Service
(LNS), which was co-founded in the summer of 1967 by Ray Mungo
and Marshall Bloom
. and which "provided coverage of events to which most papers would have otherwise had no access."
Among the most prominent of the underground papers were the ''San Francisco Oracle
,'' ''San Francisco Express Times
'', the ''Berkeley Barb
'' and ''Berkeley Tribe
''; ''Open City
'' (Los Angeles
), ''Fifth Estate
), ''Other Scenes
'' (dispatched from various locations around the world by John Wilcock
); ''The Helix
); ''The Chicago Seed
''; ''The Great Speckled Bird
); ''The Rag
'' (Austin, Texas
'' (New York City
); ''Space City!
) and in Canada
, ''The Georgia Straight
By 1969, virtually every sizable city or college town in North America boasted at least one underground newspaper. During the peak years of the underground press phenomenon there were generally about 100 papers currently publishing at any given time. A UPS roster published in November 1966 listed 14 underground papers, 11 of them in the United States, two in England, and one in Canada. Within a few years the number had mushroomed. A 1971 roster, published in Abbie Hoffman
's ''Steal This Book
'', listed 271 UPS-affiliated papers; 11 were in Canada, 23 in Europe, and the remainder in the United States. According to historian John McMillian, writing in his 2010 book ''Smoking Typewriters'', the underground press' combined readership eventually reached into the millions.
'', founded in Austin, Texas, in 1966 by Thorne Dreyer
and Carol Neiman, was especially influential. Historian Laurence Leamer called it "one of the few legendary undergrounds,"
[Leamer, Laurence, ''The Paper Revolutionaries : The Rise of the Underground Press'' (New York : Simon and Schuster, 1972)]
and, according to John McMillian, it served as a model for many papers that followed. ''The Rag'' was the sixth member of UPS and the first underground paper in the South and, according to historian Abe Peck, it was the "first undergrounder to represent the participatory democracy, community organizing and synthesis of politics and culture that the New Left of the mid-sixties was trying to develop." and Laurence Leamer, in his 1972 book ''The Paper Revolutionaries'', called ''The Rag'' "one of the few legendary undergrounds".
's legendary Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
comic strip began in ''The Rag'' and was republished all over the world.
Probably the most graphically innovative of the underground papers was the ''San Francisco Oracle
''. John Wilcock
, a founder of the Underground Press Syndicate
, wrote about the ''Oracle'': "Its creators are using color the way Lautrec must once have experimented with lithography – testing the resources of the medium to the utmost and producing what almost any experienced newspaperman would tell you was impossible... it is a creative dynamo whose influence will undoubtedly change the look of American publishing."
One of the most notorious underground newspapers to join UPS and rallied activists, poets, and artists by giving them uncensored voice was the ''NOLA Express
'' in New Orleans. Started by Robert Head and Darlene Fife as part of political protests and extending the "mimeo revolution" by protest and freedom-of-speech poets during the 1960s, ''NOLA Express'' was also a member of COSMEP (Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers. These two affiliations with organizations that were often at cross purposes made ''NOLA Express'' one of the most radical and controversial publications of the counterculture movement. Part of the controversy about ''NOLA Express'' included graphic photographs and illustrations of which many even in today's society would be banned as pornographic.
's syndicated column, ''Notes of a Dirty Old Man,'' ran in ''NOLA Express'', and Francisco McBride's illustration for the story "The Fuck Machine" was considered sexist, pornographic, and created an uproar. All of this controversy helped to increase the readership and bring attention to the political causes that editors Fife and Head supported.
Many of the papers faced official harassment on a regular basis; local police repeatedly raided and busted up the offices of ''Dallas Notes
'' and jailed editor Stoney Burns on drug charges, charged Atlanta's ''Great Speckled Bird
'' and others with obscenity, arrested street vendors, and pressured local printers not to print underground papers. In Austin, the regents at the University of Texas sued ''The Rag'' to prevent circulation on campus but the ACLU successfully defended the paper's First Amendment rights before the U.S. Supreme Court. In an apparent attempt to shut down ''The Spectator'' in Bloomington, Indiana, editor James Retherford was briefly imprisoned for alleged violations of the Selective Service laws; his conviction was overturned and the prosecutors were rebuked by a federal judge.
The offices of Houston's ''Space City!
'' were bombed and its windows repeatedly shot out; similar drive-by shootings, firebombings, break-ins and trashings were carried out on the offices of many underground papers around the country, fortunately without causing any fatalities. In Houston as in many other cities the attackers, never identified, were suspected of being off-duty military or police personnel, or members of the Ku Klux Klan
organizations. Some of the most violent attacks were carried out against the underground press in San Diego. In 1976 the ''San Diego Union
'' reported that the attacks in 1971 and 1972 had been carried out by a right-wing paramilitary group calling itself the Secret Army Organization, which had ties to the local office of the FBI.
During this period there was also a widespread high school underground press movement circulating unauthorized student-published tabloids and mimeographed sheets at hundreds of high schools around the US. Most of these papers put out only a few issues, running off a few hundred copies of each and circulating them only at one local school, although there was one system-wide antiwar high school underground paper produced in New York in 1969 with a 10,000 copy press run. And Houston's ''Little Red Schoolhouse,'' a citywide underground paper published by high school students, was founded in 1970.
For a time in 1968–1969 the high school underground press had its own press services, FRED (run by Clark Kissinger
of SDS, with its base in Chicago schools) and HIPS (High School Independent Press Service, produced by students working out of Liberation News Service
headquarters and aimed primarily but not exclusively at New York City schools). These services typically produced a weekly packet of articles and features mailed to subscribing papers around the country; HIPS reported 60 subscribing papers. In 1968 a survey of 400 high schools in Southern California found that 52% reported student underground press activity in their school.
The GI underground press in America produced a few hundred titles during the Vietnam War, some produced by antiwar GI coffeehouses, and many of them small, crudely produced, low-circulation mimeographed "zines" written by a draftee editor opposed to the war and circulated locally off-base. Three or four GI underground papers had large-scale, national distribution of more than 20,000 copies including thousands of copies mailed to GIs overseas. These papers were produced with the support of civilian anti-war activists, and had to be disguised to be sent through the mail into Vietnam, where soldiers distributing or even possessing them might be subject to harassment, disciplinary action or arrest. The idea of smuggling a full size printing press into South Vietnam was mooted but determined to be too dangerous to attempt. As an alternative, a few GIs based in South Vietnam were issued small kits to enable them to produce little hektograph
The boom in the underground press was made practical by the availability of cheap offset printing, which made it possible to print a few thousand copies of a small tabloid paper for a couple of hundred dollars, which a sympathetic printer might extend on credit. Paper was cheap, and many printing firms around the country had over-expanded during the 1950s and had excess capacity on their offset web presses, which could be negotiated for at bargain rates.
Most papers operated on a shoestring budget, pasting up camera-ready copy on layout sheets on the editor's kitchen table, with labor performed by unpaid, non-union volunteers. Typesetting costs, which at the time were wiping out many established big city papers, were avoided by typing up copy on a rented or borrowed IBM Selectric typewriter to be pasted up by hand. As one observer commented with only slight hyperbole, students were financing the publication of these papers out of their lunch money.
According to Louis Menand
, writing in ''The New Yorker
'', the underground press movement in the United States was "one of the most spontaneous and aggressive growths in publishing history." But, the underground press phenomenon proved short-lived. By 1973, many underground papers had folded, at which point the Underground Press Syndicate acknowledged the passing of the undergrounds and renamed itself the Alternative Press Syndicate. That organization soon collapsed, to be supplanted by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
During the 1960s and 1970s, there were also a number of left political periodicals with some of the same concerns of the underground press. Some of these periodicals joined the Underground Press Syndicate to gain services such as microfilming, advertising, and the free exchange of articles and newspapers. Examples include ''The Black Panther
'' (the paper of the Black Panther Party
, Oakland, California
), and ''The Guardian
'', New York City; both of which had national distribution.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) conducted surveillance and disruption activities on the underground press in the United States, including a campaign to destroy the alternative agency Liberation News Service
. As part of its COINTELPRO
designed to discredit and infiltrate radical New Left groups, the FBI also launched phony underground newspapers such as the ''Armageddon News'' at Indiana University Bloomington
, ''The Longhorn Tale'' at the University of Texas at Austin
, and the ''Rational Observer'' at American University
in Washington, D.C.
The FBI also ran the Pacific International News Service in San Francisco, the Chicago Midwest News, and the New York Press Service. Many of these organizations consisted of little more than a post office box and a letterhead, designed to enable the FBI to receive exchange copies of underground press publications and send undercover observers to underground press gatherings.
''The Georgia Straight
'' outlived the underground movement, evolving into an alternative weekly
still published today; ''Fifth Estate'' survives as an anarchist
magazine. ''The Rag
'' – which published for 11 years in Austin (1966–1977) – was revived in 2006 as an online publication, ''The Rag Blog
'', which now has a wide following in the progressive blogosphere and whose contributors include many veterans of the original underground press.
Given the nature of alternative journalism as a subculture, some staff members from underground newspapers became staff on the newer alternative weeklies, even though there was seldom institutional continuity with management or ownership. An example is the transition in Denver from the underground ''Chinook
'', to ''Straight Creek Journal
'', to ''Westword
'', an alternative weekly still in publication. Some underground and alternative reporters, cartoonists, and artists moved on to work in corporate media or in academia.
List of U.S. underground press papers
More than a thousand underground newspapers were published in the United States during the Vietnam War. The following is a short list of the more widely circulated, longer-lived and notable titles. For a longer, more comprehensive listing sorted by states, see the long list of underground newspapers
* ''Ann Arbor Argus
'', Ann Arbor, Michigan
* ''Ann Arbor Sun
'', Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971–1976
'', Boston, Massachusetts
* ''Baltimore Free Press
'', Baltimore, Maryland
* ''Berkeley Barb
'', Berkeley, California
* ''Berkeley Tribe
'', Berkeley, California, 1969–1972 (splintered from the ''Barb'')
* ''The Big Us
'', Cleveland, Ohio
, 1968–1970 (changed name to ''Burning River News'')
* ''The Black Panther
'', Oakland, California
* ''Boston Free Press
'', Boston, Massachusetts
'', Milwaukee, Wisconsin
* ''Chicago Seed
'', Chicago, Illinois
'', Denver, Colorado
* ''Columbus Free Press
'', Columbus, Ohio
'', Madison, Wisconsin
* ''Dallas Notes
'', Dallas, Texas
, 1967–1970 (originally ''Notes from the Underground'')
* ''Distant Drummer
'', Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
, 1967–1979 (changed name to ''The Drummer'')
* ''Dock of the Bay
'', San Francisco, California
* ''East Village Other
'', New York, New York
* ''Eugene Augur
'', Eugene, Oregon
'', Providence, Rhode Island
* ''Fifth Estate
'', Detroit, itMichigan
* ''The Great Speckled Bird
'', Atlanta, Georgia
* ''Good Times
'', San Francisco, California, 1969–1972 (formerly ''San Francisco Express–Times'')
'', Baltimore, Maryland, 1969–1970
'', Seattle, Washington
* ''Hundred Flowers
'', Minneapolis, Minnesota
* ''Illustrated Paper
'', Mendocino, California
* ''Indianapolis Free Press
'', Indianapolis, Indiana
'', Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1967–1971
'', Jackson, Mississippi
* ''The Last Times
'', San Francisco, California, 1967 (Charles Plymell)
* ''Los Angeles Free Press
'', Los Angeles, California
, 1964–1978 (new series 2005–ongoing)
* ''Los Angeles Staff
'', Los Angeles, California (splintered from the ''Free Press'')
* ''Madison Kaleidoscope
'', Madison, Wisconsin, 1969–1971
* ''Middle Earth
'', Iowa City, Iowa
* ''NOLA Express
'', New Orleans, Louisiana
* ''Northwest Passage
'', Bellingham, Washington
* ''Old Mole
'', Cambridge, Massachusetts
* ''Omaha Kaleidoscope
'', Omaha, Nebraska
* ''Open City
'', Los Angeles, California, 1967–1969
* ''Oracle of Southern California
'', Los Angeles, California
* ''The Organ
'', San Francisco, California, 1970–1971
* ''Other Scenes
'', dispatched from various locations around the world
* ''The Paper
'', East Lansing, Michigan
* ''Peninsula Observer
'', Palo Alto, California
, 1967–1969 (formerly ''Midpeninsula Observer)
* ''Philadelphia Free Press
'', Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1968–1972
* ''Pittsburgh Fair Witness
'', Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
, 1970–1973 (formerly ''Grok'')
* ''Quicksilver Times
'', Washington, D.C.
* ''The Rag
'', Austin, Texas
* ''Rising Up Angry
'', Chicago, Illinois, 1969–1975
, Memphis, Tennessee
* ''San Antonio Gazette
'', San Antonio, Texas
* ''San Diego Door
'', San Diego, California
, 1966–1970 (previously ''Good Morning, Teaspoon'')
* ''San Diego Free Press
'', San Diego, California, 1968–1970 (changed name to ''Street Journal'')
* ''San Francisco Oracle
'', San Francisco, California, 1966–1968
* ''San Jose Maverick
'', San Jose, California
* ''Second City
'', Chicago, Illinois
* ''Space City
'', Houston, Texas
, 1969–1972 (originally ''Space City News'')
* ''The Spectator
'', Bloomington, Indiana
* ''Spokane Natural
'', Spokane, Washington
* ''The Staff
'', Los Angeles, California, 1970–1973
'', Madison, Wisconsin, 1971–1978 (formerly ''Madison Kaleidoscope'')
* ''Tuesday's Child
'', Los Angeles, California, 1969–1970
'', New York City, New York, 1989—present
* ''The Ungarbled Word
'', New Orleans, Louisiana
* ''View from the Bottom
'', New Haven, Connecticut
'', Lawrence, Kansas
* ''Washington Free Press
'', Washington, D.C.
* ''Willamette Bridge
'', Portland, Oregon
* ''Women's LibeRATion
'' (previously ''Rat Subterranean News''), New York, New York, 1968–1970
'', Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967
List of U.S. military GI underground press
* ''The Ally
'', Berkeley, California
* ''The Bond
'', Berkeley, California
'', Fort Knox, Kentucky
* ''Fatigue Press
'', Fort Hood, Texas
* ''Fragging Action
'', Fort Dix, New Jersey
* ''Short Times
'', Fort Jackson, South Carolina
'', Travis AFB
* ''Vietnam GI
'', Chicago, Illinois, 1968–1969
List of Canadian underground papers
* ''Canada Goose
* ''The Georgia Straight
, British Columbia
* ''Guerilla'', Toronto, Ontario
'', Toronto, Ontario
* ''Loving Couch Press
* ''Mainmise'' (1970–1978), Montreal, Quebec
, Ontario (a.k.a. ''Canadian Free Press'', ''Ottawa's Free Press'')
'', Montreal, Quebec
* ''Sexus'' (1967–1968), and ''Allez chier'' (1969), Montreal, Quebec
* ''Yorkville Yawn'' and ''Satyrday'', Yorkville
, Toronto, Ontario
* ''Hungry Generation weekly bulletins''. Calcutta
The Hungry Generation
was a literary movement in the Bengali language
launched by what is known today as the ''Hungryalist quartet'', ''i.e.'' Shakti Chattopadhyay
, Malay Roy Choudhury
, Samir Roychoudhury
and Debi Roy
(''alias'' Haradhon Dhara), during the 1960s in Kolkata
, India. Due to their involvement in this avant garde
cultural movement, the leaders lost their jobs and were jailed by the incumbent government. They challenged contemporary ideas about literature and contributed significantly to the evolution of the language and idiom used by contemporaneous artists to express their feelings in literature and painting.
[Dr Uttam Das, Reader, Calcutta University, in his dissertation 'Hungry Shruti and Shastravirodhi Andolan']
This movement is characterized by expression of closeness to nature
and sometimes by tenets of Gandhi
anism and Proudhonianism. Although it originated at Patna, Bihar and was initially based in Kolkata
, it had participants spread over North Bengal, Tripura
. According to Dr. Shankar Bhattacharya
at Assam University
, as well as Aryanil Mukherjee, editor of Kaurab Literary Periodical, the movement influenced Allen Ginsberg
as much as it influenced American poetry
through the Beat poets
who visited Calcutta, Patna and Benares during the 1960–1970s. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, now a professor and editor, was associated with the Hungry generation movement. Shakti Chattopadhyay
, Saileswar Ghosh, Subhas Ghosh left the movement in 1964.
More than 100 manifestos were issued during 1961–1965. Malay's poems
have been published by Prof P. Lal from his Writers Workshop
publication. Howard McCord
published Malay Roy Choudhury
's controversial poem ''Prachanda Boidyutik Chhutar'' i.e., "Stark Electric Jesus from Washington State University" in 1965. The poem has been translated into several languages
of the world; into German
by Carl Weissner, into Spanish
by Margaret Randall, into Urdu
by Ameeq Hanfee, into Assamese
by Manik Dass, into Gujarati
by Nalin Patel, into Hindi
by Rajkamal Chaudhary
, and into English
by Howard McCord.
In the Netherlands
Clandestine press in the Netherlands is related to the second World War, which ran from 10 May 1940 until 5 May 1945 in the Netherlands.
* See the list of 1300 Dutch illegal WW2 newspapers
on Dutch Wikipedia
* See also on Dutch Wikipedia
:* List of places of publication of Dutch illegal WW2 newspapers
:* List of printers and publishers of Dutch illegal WW2 newspapers
:* List of legally continued Dutch WW2 newspapers
* Alternative media (U.S. political left)
* Alternative media (U.S. political right)
* Alternative media
* Clandestine literature
* Marcello Baraghini (Italian alternative editor)
* List of underground newspapers
(by country and state)
* List of underground newspapers of the 1960s counterculture
* News agency (alternative)
* UK Underground
* French resistance
* Jeff Sharlet (Vietnam antiwar activist)
* Giulio Tedeschi (Italian underground activist)
* Andrea Valcarenghi (co-editor, Italian ''Re Nudo'')
Retrieved August 8, 2004
* ttp://www.azenphonypress.com/books/voices2.html ''Voices from the Underground (Vol. 2): A Directory of Resources and Sources on the Vietnam Era Underground Press''
* Abe Peck. ''Uncovering the Sixties:The Life and Times of the Underground Press'' (New York: Citadel) 1991.
Dreyer, Thorne and Victoria Smith (1969), "The Movement and the New Media," Liberation News Service
* Leamer, Lawrence. ''The Paper Revolutionaries''. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1972.
* Lewes, James. ''Protest and Survive: Underground GI Newspapers during the Vietnam War''. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 2003. .
* Mackenzie, Angus, "Sabotaging the Dissident Press", ''Columbia Journalism Review'', March–April 1981, pp. 57–63, Center for Investigative Reporting, 1983.
* Mungo, Raymond. ''Famous Long Ago: My Life and Hard Times With the Liberation News Service''. Boston: Beacon Press, 1970.
* Peck, Abe. ''Uncovering the Sixties''. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1985.
* Rips, Geoffrey, ''The Campaign Against the Underground Press'', San Francisco, City Lights Books, 1981.
* Wachsberger, Ken, editor. ''Voices From the Underground''. Tempe, AZ: Mica Press, 1993.
Underground/Alternative Newspapers History and Geography
Maps and databases showing over 2,000 underground/alternative newspapers between 1965 and 1975 in the U.S. From the Mapping American Social Movements project at the University of Washington.
* You can see more 70's Italian underground magazines here
''International Times''''OZ magazine'', London, 1967-1973
online at the University of Wollongong Library
''OZ magazine'', Sydney, 1963-1969
online at the University of Wollongong Library
''Nexus'' magazine (Australia)Archive of ozit.org
scans of ''OZ Magazine'' (archived site)
"Voices from the Underground," an exhibition of the North American underground press of the 1960s; includes a substantial gallery of color imagesA digitally scanned archive of the first twelve issues (1966-67) of ''The Rag'', from Austin, TexasArticles about the underground press at ''The Rag Blog''
(While ''The Avatar'' shared its design approach and many social concerns with other underground papers of the time, in one important respect it was completely atypical: it served as a platform for self-proclaimed "world saviour" Mel Lyman
, leader of the Fort Hill Community.)
* A number of libraries have extensive microfilm
collections of underground newspapers. For example, the University of Oregon
library has a collection that consists of mostly, but not exclusively North America
n) underground paperCounter Cultures: Cultural Politics and the Underground PressThe website for the film ''Sir! No Sir!''
has an extensive collection of primary source materials from the GI underground press
by underground artist Bill Narum
Dugald Baird, "How ''International Times'' sparked a publishing revolution", ''The Guardian'', 17 July 2009''The Truth''
a specimen high school underground paper from 1969
Underground press historian Sean Stewart on Rag Radio
Interviewed by Thorne Dreyer
, August 31, 2010 (57:17)
Historian John McMillian, author of ''Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America'' on Rag Radio
Interviewed by Thorne Dreyer
, March 4, 2011 (42:18)
Thorne Dreyer's 24 hour-long Rag Radio interviews with veterans of the Sixties underground pressChicano Newspapers and Periodicals 1966-1979
Maps and charts showing over 300 Chicano newspapers from the 1960s and 70s.
''The Digger'', 1972-1975
online at the University of Wollongong Library