Magazine pioneers

Form and content in 1960s and 1970s radicalism

Authored by: Andrew Calcutt

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474

10.4324/9781315756202.ch26

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Abstract

At first I couldn’t even write the essay. I came back to East London and just sat around worrying over the thing. I had a lot of trouble analysing exactly what I had on my hands. By this time the Routledge Companion practically had a gun at my head because they had space for the essay locked into the printing presses and no essay. Finally, I told Martin Conboy, co-editor of the Companion, that I couldn’t pull the thing together. OK, he tells me, just type out my notes and send them over and he will get somebody else to write it. So about eight o’clock that night I started typing the notes out in the form of a memorandum that began, ‘Dear Martin’. About 4pm I got a call from Martin Conboy. He told me that they were striking out the ‘Dear Martin’ at the top of the memorandum and running the rest of it in the Companion. That was the essay ‘Magazine Pioneers: Form and content in 1960s and 1970s radicalism’.

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