On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.
On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S. (Paperback)
Forthright anecdotes and interviews fill this eye-opening account of the birth of the underground newspaper movement. Stemming from frustration with the lack of any mainstream media criticism of the Vietnam War, the creation of the papers was emboldened by the victories of the Civil Rightsera, anticolonial movements in the Third World and the use of LSD. In the four short years from 19651969, the subversive press grew from five small newspapers in five cities in the United States to more than 500 newspaperswith millions of readersall over the world. Stories by the people involved with the production and distribution of the papers, such as Bill Ayers, Paul Buhle, Paul Krassner, and Trina Robbins, bring the history of the movement to life. Full-color scans taken from a broad range of publications, from the Berkeley Barb and the Los Angeles Free Press to Chicago Seed and Screw: The Sex Review, are also included, showing the incredible energy that fueled the counterculture of the 1960s.
About the Author
Sean Stewart is the former owner of Babylon Falling, a bookstore and gallery in San Francisco. He lives in New York City.
Praise for On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.…
"On the Ground serves as a valuable contribution to countercultural history." Paul Krassner, author, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture
"One should not underestimate the significant value of this book. It gives you real insights into the underground press and its vast diversity of publications, which translated into a taste of real people's power." Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture and graphic artist
"The Underground Press, as it was called, was a groundswell of media activity running the gamut from radically political to seriously satirical. A new book, On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S., edited by Sean Stewart, recalls the Underground epoch." —www.imprint.printmag.com (December 2011)
"The striking graphics and compelling recollections in this text are at once a popular history and an inspiration." —www.CounterPunch.org (December 2011)
"If you are an old underground fan like I am, the pictures here will knock you out. Full page spreads from the Barb or the Seed or Rat. . . . And the drawings: My god, there are a couple here by Crumb that in the not-so-stoned 21st century could get you locked up in the gray-bar hotel. We're surprised that PM had the guts to publish them." —RALPH magazine, www.ralphmag.org