Archivio 03 - The Americana Issue


When American surfers were sent to fight in Vietnam they took their boards with them, or at least tried to. Born on the beaches of California and Hawaii, surfing was a peaceful youth culture at odds with the politics of jungle conflict. As the first story in ‘The Americana Issue’ tells, the soldiers relied on the healing power of riding a wave. The magazine presents this and other stories gleaned from archives, covering topics like the Manhattan Project, powerful black female imagery, Jean Baudrillard on 9/11, visions of roadside America by John MargoliesTony Oursler and the paranormal, Anthony Faramelli on symbolism and liberalism, alternative press from Provo to punk, and more. Thanks to Archivio (Turin).