Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America

Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America By John McMillian, Smoking Typewriters The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America How did the New Left uprising of the s happen What caused millions of young people many of them affluent and college educated to suddenly decide that American society needed to be completely overh
  • Title: Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
  • Author: John McMillian
  • ISBN: 9780195319927
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America By John McMillian, How did the New Left uprising of the 1960s happen What caused millions of young people many of them affluent and college educated to suddenly decide that American society needed to be completely overhauled In Smoking Typewriters, historian John McMillian shows that one answer to these questions can be found in the emergence of a dynamic underground press in the 1960s FoHow did the New Left uprising of the 1960s happen What caused millions of young people many of them affluent and college educated to suddenly decide that American society needed to be completely overhauled In Smoking Typewriters, historian John McMillian shows that one answer to these questions can be found in the emergence of a dynamic underground press in the 1960s Following the lead of papers like the Los Angeles Free Press, the East Village Other, and the Berkeley Barb, young people across the country launched hundreds of mimeographed pamphlets and flyers, small press magazines, and underground newspapers New, cheaper printing technologies democratized the publishing process and by the decade s end the combined circulation of underground papers stretched into the millions Though not technically illegal, these papers were often genuinely subversive, and many of those who produced and sold them on street corners, at poetry readings, gallery openings, and coffeehouses became targets of harassment from local and federal authorities With writers who actively participated in the events they described, underground newspapers captured the zeitgeist of the 60s, speaking directly to their readers, and reflecting and magnifying the spirit of cultural and political protest McMillian pays special attention to the ways underground newspapers fostered a sense of community and played a vital role in shaping the New Left s highly democratic movement culture Deeply researched and eloquently written, Smoking Typewriters captures all the youthful idealism and vibrant tumult of the 1960s as it delivers a brilliant reappraisal of the origins and development of the New Left rebellion.
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    1. John McMillian

      Hi I m an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta Previously, I ve taught in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard, and I earned my Ph.D from Columbia I ve recently begun a new project, Welcome to Fear City, on crime, policing, and police corruption from the early 1960s until 2001.

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    1. Informative and written with tongue in cheek style, but devotes exhaustive attention to certain papers and persons at the expense of others For instance, about halfway through McMillian abandons the larger story to focus exclusively on LNS which was fascinating but left me wondering what every other underground outlet was up to while Marshall Bloom and Ray Mungo were busy smuggling a printing press to a farm in the middle of nowhere A rare example of a book that could have benefited from being l [...]


    2. Having lived through the later part of the era covered most intensively in this excellent and well researched history, I did not find a lot of situations where I could provide first person verification But I love it when books I read quote friends of mine, and there were plenty By the time I got to DC to run the College Press Service in 70, the upsurge of underground papers was peaking, the reaction was beginning Nevertheless, I felt waves of nostalgia and recognition as episode after episode of [...]


    3. I knew going into it that the ending would be sad, that the flourishing of the underground press was brief, and it ultimately would fizzle out along with the era s idealism I expected I would geek out on the scholarly treatment of counterculture bibliography that I would probably find myself compelled to spend some time with the Alternative Press Index What I didn t expect was to find emotional attachments to the characters McMillian treats Raymond Mungo and Marshall Bloom, co founders of the Li [...]


    4. A brilliant and scholarly look at the New Left Movement in America from 1964 into the early 1970s Some would argue McMillian belabors points to death but I found the duplicating documentation necessary, with so much of the movement dependent on human memory Engaging and smart Highly recommended.


    5. From Kirkus Like the best concert posters, the jacket to McMillian s account of the underground 60s press makes us want to start a band, break something or set something on fire In short, it s a fitting image to a riotous decade that kicked off one of journalism s most useful little bastards the alternative press, which is sadly dying a painful death as we speak Lest we only get our news from CNN or gossip sites, let us remember there was a time when hardscrabble rabble rousers pissed off city h [...]


    6. This book seemed a little discombobulated to me, but it did shine a light on an interesting little part of history that I didn t really know about the 1960s and the underground papers that tried to be crazy, politically provocative, and ultimately kind of destroyed themselves It had a lot of interesting anecdotes about 60s life in general, as you might expect, like a drug scare involving bananas So this book is fun to read for the nostalgia trip alone.


    7. Decent history of the genre To much emphasis on the LNS and the national connection WOuld have been better with input from local writers and artists Outside of a brief mention of Crumb and a few others the art end is completely forgotten.


    8. McMillian draws from a range of sources interviews, correspondence, newsletters and publications and subsequent secondary research to provide a very readable history of an important period in American print culture, especially with regard to the New Left and radical American politics An important thread running through the book is the open participation of the writers of the underground press in their Movements, which predates the peak years of zines and of course, Web based concepts like partic [...]


    9. I ve read about the underground press before, but mainly some of the high points like Krassner s Realist this is a history of the movement of transgressive journalism that flourished in the 60s and early 70s It takes the movement from its founding prompted by the popular dissemination of mimeograph machines, through its dissipation into the alternative weeklies and includes a mention of the next generations punk zines Highly informative and while I would have liked to have seen actual samples o [...]


    10. Smoking Typewriters is a smart effort but a disappointing one, a history that increases our understanding of alternative media by small increments rather than large leaps I understand how a publisher could look at McMillian s academic scholarship and see the seeds of an interesting book Now that the book s been published, though, I still don t see much than seeds Read the full review, Notes From the Underground, on our website theamericanconservative


    11. Fantastic book Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, if you have any interest in media and the Sixties, this should be in your to read pile Arranged topically than chronologically, the work presented here is fascinating and inspiring.


    12. I guess I d hoped that an academic history of New Left alternative 60s newspapers would have been engaging I d recommend a skim through this one, and a thorough read of the RAMPARTS book instead.



    13. I love the prose in this book I am working on taking copious bits and pieces of source materials and transforming them into a smooth read with lush prose like McMillian does.


    14. Excellent book about the rise and tribulations of the underground press in the 1960s It read a bit like an academic paper.


    15. Scholarly and erudite, but also dull Unless you re a big fan of the sixties and the New Left, don t bother.


    16. This is a decent dissertation type book giving a good feel for the era terribly new for those who came of age reading EVO etc but a nice introduction for the recent generation


    17. A comprehensive guide to alternatve media I am a big believer in knowing where we came from and pop culture as history in the making Great pictures


    18. A phenomenal history of that from which I came First book I read after the closing of the Boston Phoenix Important to know my history before moving forward


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