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

Paperback | August 13, 2014

byJohn Mcmillian

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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. Following the lead of papers like the Los Angeles Free Press, the East Village Other, and the Berkeley Barb, young people across thecountry 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 nottechnically 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 theevents 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 andplayed 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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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 ...

John McMillian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is the author of Beatles vs. Stones and the co-editor of The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of an American Radical Tradition, The New Left Revisited, Protest Nation: The Radical Roots of Modern America, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Polit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. "Our Founder, the Mimeograph Machine": Print Culture in Students for a Democratic Society2. "A Hundred Blooming Papers": Culture and Community in the 1960s Underground Press3. "Electrical Bananas": The Underground Press and the Great Banana Hoax4. "All the Protest Fit to Print": The Rise of Liberation News Service5. "Either We Have Freedom of the Press or We Don't Have Freedom of the Press": The War against Underground Newspapers6. "Questioning Who Decides": Participatory Democracy in the Underground Press7. "From Underground to Everywhere": Alternative Media Trends Since the SixtiesAfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex