Stephen Duncombe: Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture (1997)

4 December 2017, dusan

“In this comprehensive study of zine publishing, Stephen Duncombe explores the history and theory of subterranean cultural production. From their origins in early 20th century science fiction fandom, their more proximate roots in ‘60s counter-culture and their rapid proliferation in the wake of punk rock, Notes from Underground pays full due to the political importance of zines as a vital network of participatory culture, and analyzes how zines measure up to their utopian outlook in achieving fundamental social change. Packed with extracts and illustrations, Duncombe provides a critical overview of the contemporary underground in all its love and rage.”

Publisher Verso, London, 1997
Reprinted by Microcosm Publishing, Bloomington, IN, 2008
ISBN 9781934620373, 1934620378
256 pages

Reviews: Susan Larson (Arizona J Hispanic Cult Stud, 1998), Jason Kuscma (Other Voices, 1998), st (Social Anarchism, 1998).

Publisher (2017 edition)


Kasper Opstrup: The Way Out: Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK Underground, 1961-1991 (2017)

22 June 2017, dusan

“A counterculture history of art and experimental politics that turns the world inside out

The Way Out examines the radical political and hedonist imaginaries of the experimental fringes of the UK Underground from 1961 to 1991. By examining the relations between collective and collaborative practices with an explicit agenda of cultural revolution, Kasper Opstrup charts a hidden history of experiments with cultural engineering, expanding current discussions of art, medias, politics, radical education and the occult revival. Even though the theatres of operation have changed with the rise of the Internet and a globalised finance economy, these imaginaries still raise questions that speak directly to the present.

Here we encounter a series of figures – including Alexander Trocchi, R. D. Laing, Joseph Berke, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and Genesis P-Orridge – that blurred the lines between inner and outer, the invisible and the material. Four singular forms of speculative techniques for igniting an invisible insurrection with cultural means make up the central case studies: the sigma project, London Anti-University, Academy 23 and thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

Contained within these imaginaries is a new type of action university: a communal affair that would improvise a new type of social relation into existence by de-programming and de-conditioning us without any blueprints for the future besides to make it happen. Instead of being turned upside down, the world was to be changed from the inside out.”

Publisher Minor Compositions, Wivenhoe, 2017
ISBN 9781570273285
252 pages



Navilouca: almanaque dos aqua-loucos (1974) [BR-PT]

7 March 2016, dusan

Navilouca is a Brazilian avant-garde art and poetry magazine, of which only a single issue appeared, in 1974.

“Navilouca foi uma revista de poesia e arte de vanguarda brasileira, que circulou apenas uma edição, em 1974.

Inspirados pelas publicações do Concretismo, como Noigandres e Invenção, os poetas Torquato Neto e Waly Salomão elaboraram em 1971 o projeto de uma revista que revelasse a produção poética experimental do Brasil da época, influenciada pelo Tropicalismo e pela contracultura.

A revista teve projeto gráfico de Óscar Ramos e Luciano Figueiredo. Em formato grande (27 x 36 cm), apresentava-se já na capa como “edição única”, funcionando como uma antologia de poetas experimentais. No enanto, o grupo não conseguiu reunir os recursos necessários para imprimir e distribuir a sua criação.

Torquato morreu em 1972, sem conseguir ver a revista publicada. Com a intermediação de Caetano Veloso, Waly conseguiu que André Midani, executivo da Polygram, apoiasse a ideia. Navilouca foi finalmente lançada em 1974 e oferecida como brinde de Natal a clientes da gravadora. Em 1975, alguns exemplares foram distribuídos e vendidos em livrarias.” (Wikipedia)

With Augusto de Campos, Rogério Duarte, Torquato Neto, Waly Salomão, Décio Pignatari, Duda Machado, Hélio Oiticica, Jorge Salomão, Stephen Berg, Luiz Otávio Pimentel, Chacal, Luciano Figueiredo, Óscar Ramos, Ivan Cardoso, Lygia Clark, Caetano Veloso, and Haroldo de Campos.

Edited by Torquato Neto and Waly Sailormoon
Publisher Edições Gernasa e Artes Gráficas, Rio de Janeiro, [1974]
[92] pages


PDF (24 MB; missing pages 4, 29, 44, 45, 48, 49; assembled from JPEGs on, Urubuweb and Internet Archive)