Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground : Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture

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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 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 177.8 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Microcosm Publishing
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Second Edition, Second edition
  • 1
  • 1934620378
  • 9781934620373
  • 191,288

Review quote

"Duncombe professes American Studies at SUNY Old Westbury and "Notes From Underground" is a work of very impressive scholarship: there are 32 pages of notes, many of them gathered during 'weeks on end' when he studied at the NY State Library among 'hundreds of cubic feet of zines housed in their Factsheet Five Collection'.' He's also a longtime zinester and has created a labor of love here, meant to be read. Don't be intimidated by the scholarly apparatus or the occasionally highfalutin language (zines are 'repositories of nonalienated creation and media for nonalienating communication') -- there's a lot here to interest the general reader. There's dozens of well-chosen illustrations. Almost all from zines published in the early 1990s. A pretty good index despite the omission of "Tussin Up" and "MSRRT"'s Chris Dodge. I recommend "Notes From Underground" very highly." --The Ten Page Newsshow more

About Stephen Duncombe

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