UNDER THE RADAR: Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965 – 1975 (Spectator) New
Massive 386 page huge spiralbound format. Fantastic book on DIY publications from the late 1960-70s. The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and self-published works. Offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, low cost print runs but also promote 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 and so on.