Interview with Edwin Pouncey, also known as Savage...
Savage Pencil is the nom de plume of English music journalist and comics artist Edwin Pouncey, who was born in Leeds in 1951. Edwin Pouncey has contributed to magazines such as Sounds, Forced Exposure and The Wire. He has illustrated record sleeves for bands such as The Fall, Big Black, Sonic Youth and Rocket From The Crypt amongst others. He was also the lead singer of The Art Attacks, a band he...
Interview with Marsha Rowe
“At Spare Rib we were against the idea of experts — they came with the old format of journalism that we were trying to escape.” — Marsha Rowe, The F Word, 31 January 2008 Marsha Rowe was the founder and first editor of Spare Rib, before it became a collectively run magazine. Afonso How did Spare Rib come about? Marsha I went to work for Deborah Rodgers, literary agency. That was part time. And...
It’s taken us several years to get over the ideas drummed into us at art school — like the idea of an artist having some magical quality — the creator. Deciding to work collectively is a way of challenging the idea of the artist as a self-engrossed artist. See Red, interview in Spare Rib, issue 98, 1980 Spare Rib, launched in 1972, set out in its editorial that it intended to investigate and...
Of the Housewives Register's Newsletter on Spare...
Even the last NHR Newsletter was guilty of joining the patronization and misrepresentation of women’s liberation, with the stale cliché of the “Grey-faced, shrill-voiced, bra-burning etc. cohorts of women’s liberation”. Hazel K. Bell — National Housewives Register’s Newsletter no. 19, Autumn 1975, pages 10-11.
Interview with Mick Farren
Putting the Beatles back together isn’t going to be the salvation of rock and roll. Four kids playing to their contemporaries in a dirty cellar club might. And that, gentle reader, is where you come in. —Mick Farren, The Titanic sails at dawn, NME, 19 June 1976 Mick Farren was the singer of The Deviants, a proto-punk band formed in 1967, and edited International Times in the early 1970s. This...
How International Times set at liberty several...
The International Times (it or IT) was an underground paper founded in London in 1966. Editors included John Hopkins, David Mairowitz, Pete Stansill, Barry Miles, Jim Haynes and playwright Tom McGrath. Jack Moore, avant-garde writer Bill Levy and Mick Farren, singer of the The Deviants, also edited at various periods. It was was launched at London’s Roundhouse on 14 October 1966 with a gig...
Your heart out
Just take for instance a time of great depression Fade out of reason bad time’s in season Don’t shut your heart out Don’t cry your eyes out Don’t cry for me, Mexico Or Savage Pencil I’m nearly healthy And they try to take my eyes out Friends try to work my soul out But I don’t sing, I just shout Heavy clout, heart out Now here’s a joke to cheer you up: Old times no surgeon Just magicians and...
Feminist newsletter Shrew was set up in Bristol in connection with small groups of women meeting in the area. The socialist ethic was evident in the magazine and in particular in the way responsibility for its production was shared. An early issue sets out how this worked, stating, “we decided that responsibility for producing the monthly newsletter should circulate among the groups, and that the...
Rowbotham is a British socialist feminist theorist and writer. She was involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and various socialist circles including the Labour Party’s youth wing, where she was introduced to Karl Marx’s ideas. Soon disenchanted with the direction of party politics she immersed herself in a variety of left-wing campaigns, including writing for the radical...
Based in London, See Red (1974-c.1992) were a women’s screen-printing poster collective who set up with the aim ‘to combat images of the model woman which are used by capitalist ideology to keep women from disputing their secondary status or questioning their role in a male dominated society’. Source
Rosie Boycott is a British journalist and feminist. After working briefly for the radical magazine Friends in 1971, she co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 1971 with Marsha Rowe. Two years later she and Rowe became directors of Virago Press, a publishing company committed to women’s writing, with Carmen Callil, who had founded the company the previous year. Source
Morgan began publishing her poetry in the early 1960s (later collected in her 1972 anthology, Monster). In 1962, she married the poet Kenneth Pitchford. She soon became active in the anti-war Left and Women’s Liberation movement, and contributed articles and poetry to Left-wing and counter-culture journals such as Liberation, Rat, Win, and The Guardian. She helped to create W.I.T.C.H., a...
Richard Neville is an Australian author who came to fame as a co-editor of the counterculture magazine Oz in Australia and the UK in the 1960s and early 1970s. In late 1963 or early 1964 Neville, then editor of the University of NSW student magazine Tharunka, met Richard Walsh, editor of its Sydney University counterpart Honi Soit, as well as artist Martin Sharp. Neville and Walsh wanted to...
Phun City was a rock festival held at Ecclesden Common near Worthing, England from July 24 to July 26, 1970. Organised by Mick Farren, the festival was notable for having no fences and no admission fees. It was not intended to be a free concert, but funding was withdrawn a few days before the event. Rather than canceling it, the organisers told the scheduled bands who turned up that they would...
Pearce Marchbank is a British Graphic Designer. He designed several underground publications, including Friends and Oz, the latter having also seen him involved as a co-editor. This lead him to join Time Out to work on its identity and editorial structure. Oz Magazine spread Friends spread Source
Oz was first published as a satirical humour magazine between 1963 and 1969 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and more famous incarnation, became a “psychedelic hippy” magazine from 1967 to 1973 in London. Strongly identified as part of the underground press, it was the subject of two celebrated obscenity trials, one in Australia in 1964 and the other in the UK in 1971. On both...
Michelene Wandor is an English playwright, critic, broadcaster, poet, lecturer, and musician. Wandor has been active in the Women’s Liberation Movement since 1969 and edited its first collection of essays The Body Politic in 1972. She was poetry editor of the original Time Out from 1971 to 1982. Source
Marion Fudger was the bassist in the band The Art Attacks. Prior to the band Marion was a writer for feminist magazine Spare Rib. She was also an accomplished musician and had played with the band The Derelicts who were active around 1976/77 and who included Barbara Gogan, later of The Passions, and Sue, later of Pragvec. The Art Attacks broke up after two singles when Edwin Pouncey decided to...
In the mid-1960s Roxon became fascinated by pop music and the rise of groups like The Beatles, The Byrds and The Rolling Stones and she began to write regular articles on the subject. In early 1967 she visited San Francisco and was one of the first mainstream journalists to write about the nascent hippie movement, filing a landmark story for The Herald on the subject. She also contributed to the...
The History Workshop
In 1966 Raphael Samuel put on the first of the annual History Workshops at Ruskin. Not content with the existing diploma course, he encouraged students to pursue historical research projects which built on their own experiences, and to present their findings alongside established academics at the yearly workshops. These workshops also signalled a renewal of political engagement sparked, in...
Germaine Greer is an Australian-born writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century. Using the pen name Rose Blight, she wrote a gardening column for the satirical magazine Private Eye, and as Dr. G, became a regular contributor to Oz. The 29 July 1970 edition was guest-edited by...
Friends magazine was launched in London in winter 1969 as a direct result of the closure by its US parent of the short-lived UK edition of Rolling Stone. The magazine was first published by Alan Marcuson in December, 1969 as Friends of Rolling Stone. It was later retitled Friends and, from May 1971, Frendz. Friends was intimately connected with UK underground media such as Oz and Time Out, and...
Dennis started his career as a street seller for the underground counter culture magazine Oz in 1971, but was quickly promoted to co-editor. In 1971 he was imprisoned by the British government as a co-editor of Oz magazine at the culmination of the longest conspiracy trial in English history. Dennis recorded a single with John Lennon to raise money for a legal defence fund at this time. Source
“Edward may have drunk himself to death in 1997, but he was also one of the gentlest, most innocent beings who ever walked this Earth, which is possibly why the same Earth proved too much for him.” — Mick Farren Edward Barker was an English cartoonist, best known for his work in IT and The Observer in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the comic strip The Largactilites (later renamed The...
East Village Other
The East Village Other was an American underground newspaper in New York City during the 1960s. It was co-founded in late 1965 by Walter Bowart with Allen Katzman, Dan Rattiner (of Dan’s Papers), Sherry Needham and John Wilcock. The paper displayed a colorful psychedelic layout that became a distinguishing characteristic seen on underground papers of the time. It was among the...
Widgery was born in Barnet and grew up in Maidenhead, Berkshire. In 1965, Widgery met Allen Ginsberg, then visited Watts, where he encountered the civil rights movement, followed by Cuba. On return to Britain, he studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School before writing for New Statesman and Oz, becoming co-editor of Oz during 1971. Widgery contributed to Ink, Time Out and City...
The Black Dwarf
The Black Dwarf was a political and cultural newspaper published between May 1968 and 1972 by a collective of socialists in the United Kingdom. It is often identified with Tariq Ali who edited and published this newspaper until 1970, when the editorial board split between Leninist and non-Leninist currents. Source
Alison Fell began writing for Scotland Magazine in 1962, and moved to London in 1970, where she co-founded the Woman’s Street Theatre Group, later known as Monstrous Regiment. She worked at the underground newspaper Ink, and contributed to Spare Rib. She was joint winner of the Boardman Tasker Memorial Prize for her novel Mer de Glace (1991), and holds a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship for...
The Art Attacks
Stewart Home So when did Marion Fudger join? Steve Spear After two or three gigs Rob Smith said he couldn’t do it anymore. I already knew Marion from the Stockwell squatting scene, so I asked her if she wanted to play bass. She was a bit embarrassed, she went out under the name of M. S., so that no one knew it was her. Marion wanted to be a serious musician. She later taught at the Deptford...
The Poster Workshop
The Poster Workshop was set up in London in the summer of 1968 and closed in 1971. It was inspired by the Atelier Populaire, set up in the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, in May 1968. Source
John Barker on Angry Brigade
“The seizing of Powis Square, knocking down the railings of this private residential square and turning into a communal playground, this is the only victory that has survived.” “What has survived and flourished from the libertarian movement and especially from the women’s movement has been a skepticism about that automatic ‘we’ of traditional left politics.” Source