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)


Bob Black: Beneath the Underground (1994)

4 December 2017, dusan

Beneath the Underground is an in-depth exploration, from within, of a cultural phenomenon named by Bob Black as the ‘marginals milieu.’ You could also call it the do-it-yourself subculture. It consists of self-publishers of micro-circulation ‘zines’ and other self-produced art, music, pamphlets, and posters.”

Publisher Feral House, Portland, OR, 1994
ISBN 9780922915217, 0922915210
x+190 pages
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Kate Eichhorn: The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order (2013)

4 April 2017, dusan

“In the 1990s, a generation of women born during the rise of the second wave feminist movement plotted a revolution. These young activists funneled their outrage and energy into creating music, and zines using salvaged audio equipment and stolen time on copy machines. By 2000, the cultural artifacts of this movement had started to migrate from basements and storage units to community and university archives, establishing new sites of storytelling and political activism.

The Archival Turn in Feminism chronicles these important cultural artifacts and their collection, cataloging, preservation, and distribution. Cultural studies scholar Kate Eichhorn examines institutions such as the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University, The Riot Grrrl Collection at New York University, and the Barnard Zine Library. She also profiles the archivists who have assembled these significant feminist collections.

Eichhorn shows why young feminist activists, cultural producers, and scholars embraced the archive, and how they used it to stage political alliances across eras and generations.”

Publisher Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2013
ISBN 9781439909515, 1439909512
xii+188 pages
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Interview with author (Critical Margins, 2014)

Reviews: Susan M. Kline (J Archival Organization, 2013), Rebecka Sheffield (Archivaria, 2014), Natalya Lusty (Archives & Manuscripts, 2014), Elizabeth Groeneveld (Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2015), Julie R. Enszer (Signs, 2015), Joyce M. Latham (J American Culture, 2015).