PM Press just released my book, On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S., and it should be in stores this week. Shouts to the homie Simon Benjamin who designed the cover.
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Above is a short video of amateur hand model and expert book flipper Kensey checking out the book. I’m really happy with how it turned out and whether you’re new to this shit, have read the history, or lived through it, there’s plenty here for you. There are over 120 full color scans from my collection of underground newspapers and comix, the great majority of which have never been published before. In addition to the images, I also have testimony from 24 veterans of the sixties underground press. Included are: Judy Gumbo Albert, Bill Ayers, Jeffrey Blankfort, Paul Buhle (preface), Emory Douglas, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Al Goldstein, Billy X Jennings, Michael Kleinman, Paul Krassner, Art Kunkin, Ben Morea, Abe Peck, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Jeff Shero, Skip Shockley, Peter Simon, John Sinclair, Howard Swerdloff, Ron Turner, Harvey Wasserman, John Wilcock, and Allen Young.
If your local bookstore hasn’t already ordered it their buyers should be fired or at the very least harassed. If you are a more gentle and forgiving soul than I am, you can politely request it and they should be able to get the book as easily and quickly as they can get a restock of the latest tween fantasy novella. It’s also available directly from the publisher, and is of course available from all the usual suspects online. In addition, I’m selling signed and personalized copies in my webstore. I’m charging the full $20 sticker price but am offering free priority shipping within the U.S. and $10 global priority everywhere else in the world. I also have some die-cut stickers of the iconic Frank Cieciorka clenched fist coming in sometime this week that I’ll add to every order that goes out.
No matter where you buy, steal, or flip through it, if you like the book definitely leave a review on Amazon—those reviews help more than you would imagine.
Hope you guys dig it.