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Under the Radar (Reprint)

Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965 – 1975

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The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and selfpublished works.

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EditeurSpector Books
Date de publicationDecember 2019
Format22,5 cm x 33,5 cm
Nombre de pages368
SpécificationsEdition number 2
Langue(s)English
ISBN9783959051040

Hectographs, mimeographs, and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, lowcost print runs but also promote a unique aesthetic: using wild mock-ups, "messianic amateurs" combined typescript aesthetics, handwriting, scribbled drawings, assemblages of collaged visuals, porn photos, snapshots, and comic strips. The typography consciously frees itself, in parallel to a liberalization of linguistic and visual forms of expression in the name of a new "sensibility". This book (which appears in conjunction with an exhibition at the Weserburg in Bremen) is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the internationalcontext in which they emerged: not as an anecdotal history but as an attempt to tap into the aesthetic cosmos of a Do-It-Yourself rebellion, one that also challenges us to take a new look at the current boom in "independent publishing", the risograph aesthetic, and so on.

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