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200 Trips from the Counterculture: Graphics and Stories from the Underground Press Syndicate Paperback – 11 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (11 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500286051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500286050
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 2.9 x 32.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A heavy dose of countercultural delight' --HuckMagazine

'Sumptuous and startling' --The Gloss Magazine

'A mind-expanding high for your seasonal lows' --The Sunday Times

'A remarkable compilation ... a smart, funny potted history ... it's also a fine document of the incredible political and cultural upheaval of which peace-and-love was just one facet' --ArtReview

'Excellent ... captures the best of this historical moment ... get the beanbag out and enjoy the world of free love and LSD'
--Blueprint

About the Author

Jean-Francois Bizot was born in Paris in 1944, studied economics, and came of age during the high water mark of the counterculture in the 1960s. In 1970 he founded the French underground magazine Actuel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2010
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I read and bought many of the UK examples (Oz and International Time) on show here when first publised in the late 60s but did not see many of the US and certainly none of the French publications on show, given international shipping was then still nascent. While nice to flip through if you are looking for a well written history of the "underground press" as it came to be known you will be disappointed. The Barry Miles essay contributed is too short and not of the calibre of say an Ian MacDonald analysis so you are left with the many pictorial images to savour.

This book really serves as a coffee table type compendium with many of the images that appeared at that time on show and some examples (though not too many by comparison) of the new journalism that burst out in the late 1960s with access to cheap printing presses. Sadly the level of written content on show here leaves you feeling the period was always about image (I fear my french is not good enough to translate any french language examples). Indirectly it also demonstrates how matters could get misunderstood (the US massage parlour ads being wholly opposite to the new feminist publications that started around this time). Its written examples also largely miss the impact that provocative writing with great visual images could provoke -the Schooldkids Issue of Oz not on show here with the lengthy obscenity trial at the Old Bailey that followed being the most extreme UK example.

My teenage children no doubt reflecting their internet generation in flipping through it did not seem impressed at all so like much of the 60s memories it sems a case of you had to have been there!

Two other warnings - Firstly, there is not a single example of "Frendz" magazine which I always felt was the best written and pictorial of all the UK underground publications. Secondly, do not buy the Amazon linked purchase "Free Press" - it is the same book but simply in a different US edition cover!
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