Under the Radar: Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965–1975 (Reprint)

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The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and self-published works. Hectographs, mimeographs, and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, low-cost print runs but also promoted 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 is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the international context 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.

368 pages, 24.5 x 33.5 cm, ringbinding, Spector Books (Leipzig).