This is my second attempt at unleashing some of the great counterculture media out there upon you. Arthur is a free bi-monthly magazine in the US but UK folk can download it from their site for free or subscribe for 6 issues and get it delivered for $11.00. It’s reminiscent of the hippie free press and, according to the wiki entry, it’s drawn to noise music, stoner metal, folk and other types of psychedelia. I liked it and it covers a hell of a lot. In the words of Brian J. Barr of Seattle Weekly:
[Arthur has] an allure unlike any other magazine I have seen in my lifetime. [L]ike picking up a true document of a time and place in American culture, yet also removed from the present, harkening back to the utopian visions championed by the hippie free press… In any given issue, you can read about music, drugs, protest, meditation, metaphysics, sex, herbs, nature, communes, art, socialism, siphoning gasoline from SUVs, and hypnotizing cops by eating doughnuts in front of them… Arthur seems to attract a readership numbed by the glut of too-slick music and culture mags, just waiting for something truly unique to emerge.
It has been suggested that this type of publication is lacking in the UK…maybe that’s true. There certainly isn’t anything out there that I think draws a good parallel in the free-press at least. Alan Mcgee:
Arthur [is] the most eclectic, thoughtfully designed periodical I have encountered. Arthur [is] clearly drawn to psychedelic music and [is] always a good place to look for fresh acts but to say it [is] a music magazine would be a misnomer. This free publication presents contemporary artwork, photography, political essays and literary reviews with admirable disregard for categorisation. I [have] never picked up a copy of Arthur without finding something intriguing and informative and I believe that magazines of which this can be said are all too few and far between…. In drawing attention to what is being produced under the radar and discussing its merits, magazines like Arthur have a nurturing effect on great music and art. They connect artists with audiences and provide an outlet for intelligent discussion and detailed criticism. It would be great to see the example taken up [in Britain]
Those two quotes sum up it’s attraction so give it a go. Download a copy. This is in the latest issue:
Author Trinie Dalton traveled into the wilds of New Mexico to live with psychedelic earthers BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT for two days. Sublimity ensued. Here’s what happened. With photography by Lisa Law.
Douglas Rushkoff: The mortgage and credit crisis wasn’t merely predictable; it was predicted. And not by a market bear or conspiracy theorist, but by the people and institutions responsible. Illustration by Arik Moonhawk Roper.
Dave Reeves: Having doubts about Iraq? America’s Victory Is Infinite. Just look at Vietnam…
Molly Frances on all sorts of delights in, from, or about Los Angeles–from Wallace Berman, Velaslavasay Panorama and Lily Tomlin in The Late Show to Show Cave, Nite Jewel and the new Flying Lotus album. Plus other, non-geographically specific stuff.
On May 10, 1968 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE opened two shows for THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE at the Fillmore East in New York City. Artist/scholar Plastic Crimewave reports on this extraordinary, little-known moment in American countercultural history.
Greg Shewchuk: What is it about skateboarding that makes kids willing to break laws in order to do it? Illustration by Joseph Remnant.
Nance Klehm: What to do with the nuts, seeds and berries you can find while foraging in the urban jungle. Illustration by Makeswell.
The Center for Tactical Magic: Do the ends ever justify the magic(k)? Illustration by Cassandra Chae.
Erik Davis: Is the “planetary consciousness” of neotribal psytrance gatherings like Portugal’s Boom festival just window dressing for the same old hedonism and escapism–or could it actually be what it says it is?
A centerfold of new ARTHUR COMICS by Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns, Al Columbia, P.W.E., Simon Evans, Matt Furie, Tom Gauld, Lisa Hanawalt, Joseph Hanks, Tim Hensley, Ted May, Anders Nilsen, Laura Park, Helge Reumann, Souther Salazar, Julia Wertz and Dan Zettwoch. Edited by Buenaventura Press.
STYLE: Annakim Violette, glampire vamp, tells an arachnid tale from a rainbow’s underbelly. Styled by Miss KK, with photography and design by Alia Penner.
BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE review choice finds from the deep underground.
C and D let it rip about the Fela! musical plus new albums by Hacienda, Megapuss, Little Joy, Kasai All-Stars, Grouper, Natacha Atlas, Matt Baldwin, Mercury Rev, Desolation Wilderness, Gang Gang Dance, Raglani, Jonas Reinhardt, Apse and Eagles of Death Metal.
That’s it in a psychedelic nutshell…go visit: http://www.arthurmag.com