The Los Angeles Free Press
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Los Angeles Free Press (often called “the Freep”) was among the most widely distributed underground newspapers of the 1960s. It is often cited as the first such newspaper. The Free Press was edited and published weekly, for most of its existence, by Art Kunkin. The paper initially appeared as a broadsheet, in 1964, at the annual Southern California Renaissance Faire. At this time it was entitled “Faire Free Press." In 1965 it became the Los Angeles Free Press."
This newspaper was notable for its radical politics when such views rarely saw print. The paper also pioneered the emerging field of underground comics by publishing the “underground” political cartoons of Ron Cobb. The Los Angeles Free Press was a founding member of the Underground Press Syndicate.
In 1970, much of the newspaper's staff and then editor Brian Kirby left the paper due to financial and editorial differences. The team began a competing newspaper, The Staff.
On 13 September 2005, the premier issue of a revived Los Angeles Free Press was distributed. It embodies many of the same ideals and beliefs and was again spearheaded by Art Kunkin, albeït with an entirely new staff.