On the Ground: New Book Collection of Sixties Underground Press
By Robert Newman
The Society of Publication Designers
November 23, 2011
On the Ground is a great new book about the 1960s (and early '70s) underground press, edited by Sean Stewart, the mastermind behind Tumblr site Babylon Falling. The book is packed with reproductions of underground newspaper front pages, comics, graphics, and much more, all in color, and most not seen publicly in over forty years. Represented are newspapers like the Berkeley Barb, Los Angeles Free Press, East Village Other, the Black Panther, and many more. And there's a healthy dose of underground comics and comic book covers, too. In addition to the wonderful imagery, Stewart has collected an oral history of the time, interviewing former underground press editors, artists, and scene makers. On the Ground is a pure visual treat, and is our choice as our #1 holiday gift for friends and family.