Articles covering various strands of subversive and counter-cultural history.
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David Keenan – ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

This review is of the revised 2016 edition of ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’, an essential acquisition for those with an interest in ‘Industrial’ culture, truly independent music, and the great tradition of the British outsider…

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‘The Sunshine Makers’ (2015)

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

‘The Sunshine Makers’ is a 2015 documentary by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen, covering the fabled exploits of American clandestine LSD chemists Nick Sand and Tim Scully…

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Jesse Jarnow – ‘Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America’ (2016)

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

A valuable addition to the countercultural canon written in 2016 by music journalist Jesse Jarnow, ‘Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America’ documents the sprawling American psychedelic underground over the last half-century or thereabouts…

Freak Show Postcard Gallery

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

Here’s a selection of freak show mementos, circus & carnival promo cards & ‘carte de visites’… These are mainly sourced from the American circuit of the mid-1800s to the 1930s, when traveling shows such as the legendary Barnum & Bailey circus proved hugely popular with the prurient public, catering to their appetites for the bizarre & outlandish by displaying all sorts of human mutations…