Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture

Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture

Paperback Zinester's Guide

By (author) Stephen Duncombe

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  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 178mm x 18mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 1934620378
  • ISBN 13: 9781934620373
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Illustrations note: 30 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 194,720

Product description

New Edition for 2008! Much history and theory is uncovered here in the first comprehensive study of zine publishing. From their origins in early 20th century science fiction cults, their more proximate read more.. roots in '60s counter-culture and their rapid proliferation in the wake of punk rock, Stephen Duncombe pays full due to the political importance of zines as a vital network of popular culture. He also analyzes how zines measure up to their utopian and escapist outlook in achieving fundamental social change. Packed with extracts and illustrations, he provides a useful overview of the contemporary underground in all its splendor and misery.

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Author information

Stephen Duncombe is an associate professor at New York University's Gallatin School and a lifelong political activist. He lives in New York City.

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"A timely new critical study, Stephen Duncombe's "Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture "(1997), throws some light on the current state of zines and what's at stake. Duncombe, a professor of American Studies and a zine-maker himself, locates zines within a wider bohemian tradition, and maps out both the potential and the limits of their cultural radicalism." --The Atlantic