Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

Stephen Duncombe is an associate professor at New York University's Gallatin School in the department of Media, Culture and Communications and is a lifelong political activist. He is the author, editor, co-author and co-editor of six books, including Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy; Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture; The Bobbed Haired Bandit: Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York; the Cultural Resistance Reader; White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race; and (Open) Utopia. He lives in New York City.


It was punk rock that gave us the current zine explosion, with its emphasis on authenticity, sneering disdain for slickness and consumerism, and determination to forge a community based on these principles...clever and funny...we'll always need the malcontents to show us creative ways to flip the bird to Massa. -High Times
A timely new critical study...throws some light on the current state of zines and what's at stake. Duncombe, a professor of American Studies and a zine-maker himself, locates zines within a wider bohemian tradition, and maps out both the potential and the limits of their cultural radicalism. -The Atlantic
Readers are introduced to a remarkably diverse world of zines and their publishers, whose interests run the gamut: crusading for anarchy in our time, or for the revival of the eight-track tape...but for all of these subjects, silly or serious, Dr. Duncombe argues that zines represent a model of participatory cultural production. -Chronicles of Higher Education