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Voices from the Underground
New edition in revised format
Volume One is now available!
The Original Set of Volumes: Azenphony Press
Voices from the Underground: Insider Histories of the Vietnam Era Underground Press
Voices from the Underground: A Directory of Resources and Sources on the Vietnam Era Underground Press
Voices from the Underground - The Book - Out of Print - Amazon Listing
The Sixties Underground Press
Excellent Introduction for Anyone Born After 1956...and a great trip down memory lane for those like me who were born before 1956. Smoking Typewriters is so full of fascinating mind-boggling anecd
otes that reading it was like a flashback. I was a writer and photographer in the underground press and served on the board of the Underground Press Syndicate run by Tom Forcade who is profiled in the book.
McMillan's book is balanced and thoughtful. Neither a fawning homage nor a nasty attack, Smoking Typewriters It is what good scholarship is supposed to be. It's also a great read. Some contemporary critics of the underground press are just jealous they weren't smoking dope, getting laid, and attending rock concerts like those of us in the underground press.
Yes there were drugs, sex, and rock & roll in the underground press, but there was occasionally some darn good journalism leaping from the pages, and we helped build a movement for progressive social change that shifted society toward more democracy, equality, and just plain fun. McMillian analyzes this sociological synergy in Smoking Typewriters in prose never is dull even when slyly inserting the intellectual stuff.
While writing the book McMillan came to use the archive where I work at Political Research Associates, and I was hoping the book would be worth the wait. It is.
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Voices from the Underground Exhibit at the University of Connecticut
Underground Newpaper Microfilm Collection
Underground Press Collection
Underground Newspaper Collection
Produced by Bell & Howell, University Microfilms, with additional material from the Hoover Institution.
Collected for microfilming by the Underground Press Syndicate, which was later renamed the Alternative Press Syndicate.
An excellent introduction from the University of Minnesota:
What is the Underground Press Collection and how do I use it?
The entry at Hoover/Stanford
The most excellent indexing project
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Underground Press Syndicate
Bibliography from Bowling Green University
Intellectual freedom and social responsibility in American librarianship
Collections of newspapers online
Collections of news services online
Barricade Journalism: Notes from a
Once Underground Press
by Chip Berlet