Gee, You Are You! (funnygurusdca) wrote in coffeehaus,
Gee, You Are You!

... November "Freep" ...

[My favorite local coffeehouse here in San Diego is Lestats. In addition to being a friendly, 24/7 venue for refreshment, conversation and entertainment, it also features numerous examples of announcement/events flyers, literature and the alternative press - all free for the taking. Maybe your local coffeehouse offers the same and if it does, you'll probably be interested in this "Freep" update.]

In the late 1960s and early 1970s - back through the mists of time, in the stone(d) age - long before desktop publishing, personal computers and the Internet - just about every major city or medium sized town had access to something known as an "underground newspaper". I don't know what your local underground paper was called (or if you even had one) but in the Washington DC area where I spent my Wonder Bread years, we had ‘The Washington Free Press’ and ‘Quicksilver Times’.

With a definitely antiwar flavor and counterculture approach, they provided a clarion call to the mostly under-30 crowd. These crudely and colorfully produced tabloids on cheap newsprint represent a now mostly lost form and style of alternative journalism and activism. And peace wasn't the only issue. Underground papers were a lively forum and rallying point for many ideas, actions and groups. Feminism and women's rights, gay liberation, civil rights for minorities, Native American issues, the environment, the global struggle for justice, to name just a few. Underground newspapers provided a voice for the poor and downtrodden everywhere.

One of the first on the scene was ‘The Los Angeles Free Press’ and now ‘The Freep’ (as it’s affectionally known) is back!

- November, 2005 "Free Press" ...

- see the Preview Issue here ...

- find subscription information here ...

PS - If you're ever in San Diego, be sure to visit Lestats!
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