NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).
NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).

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NEW TIMES #1 (NY: April 20, 1970).

Lge. 4to. Stapled wrps., 30pp. Illustrated. Ed. Jim Fouratt & Jonathan Kundra. Design by Michael Gross.

The premiere issue of this rare and short-lived magazine, which billed itself as "National bi-weekly alternate culture news". Published at the beginning of the new decade, New Times's mix of politics (radical/sexual) and revolutionary music (Velvets, MC5) attempted to represent "the hip/radical/youth/ alternative" counterculture, a constituency which by then was already beginning to fragment.

This first issue contains a lengthy (4pp.) article on the Velvet Underground by Lenny Kaye, with photographs by Ronn Campisi, in which he outlines the band's history, provides an informed appreciation of their first three albums, details the evolution of their sound, and predicts accurately that while "The Velvet Underground is probably the group's most commercial album… like the others, it'll probably leave them in as large an obscurity as they now find themselves."

The magazine's front cover feature, "The New Sexuality", offers an extended survey of contemporary sexual mores by Josef Bush and Wendy Roberts, in which full pages are devoted to, among others, Eric Emerson, Jackie Curtis, and Brigit Polk (the latter profiled by Lillian Roxon), each one accompanied by a photo-portrait by Peter Hujar.

Another section, "Boozing & Cruising", examines the gay subculture and its social and sexual oppression. Other articles include John Reilly and Rudi Stern on videotape; ecology by Keith Lampe; and various news stories on the Panther 21, the Chicago Festival of Life at the Roundhouse, and the takeover of the underground paper Rat by a feminist collective.

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