Wednesday, June 06, 2018


This is a special era for THE GENERALIST ARCHIVE as, for the first time, items from it have gone on show in Brighton and will be on show in London. This is a great step forward for drawing attention to what has been judged by professional archivists and librarians from several universities as being a valuable and important collection. A website for the archive has now gone live at

 This week-long pop-up museum was created for the Brighton Festival Fringe by Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts and Lucy Malone and was built at The Spire, a former church now a community centre, at the far end of Kemptown.
Full details can be found on their website.

The items lent from the Archive were a mixture of badges, original handouts, prints, photos and underground papers - some original documents, others prints. They were very well displayed and the whole exhibition was a professional job done on limited funds and time.

Last Saturday I took part in a panel discussion with others who had contributed to the project, talking about the Archive and the counterculture of the 60s/70s on the South Coast.

This week a documentary is being shot of the Archive of which more news anon.

This coincides with the launch of a major show at Somerset House in London called PRINT! Tearing It Up. celebrating the wave of new hip magazines being produced in recent years but also showcasing something of the history of alternative magazines and papers.

The curator Paul Gorman chose 200 items from the Generalist Archive which have been loaned for the show. Not sure at present how many will make the final cut. The show is free and runs from 8th June to 22nd August. Full details here:

I am also to be profiled on the Magculture web site, online this Friday, in the Journal section where you are asked to choose favourite mags now, favourites from the past and thirdly some mag detail that is important to you.  An example here:

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