Living San Francisco/California

Remembering Ramparts…the Barb, and More!

This Sunday’s New York Times Book Review has an article by Jack Shafer about “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America” – a new book by Peter Richardson about Ramparts magazine that brought back memories of my days in Berkeley in the late 1960’s.

“It was the magazine Time loved to hate, calling it “slick enough to lure the unwary and bedazzled reader into accepting flimflam as fact” in a 1967 article titled “A Bomb in Every Issue.”

Ramparts was the slick monthly that was always a treat to read. The ink didn’t rub off on your fingers quite the way that the weekly Berkeley Barb‘s did!

Both were very much a part of the Berkeley scene in those days – along with Rolling Stone (then edited and published in San Francisco) and, hmm, what else?…oh yeah, Ralph J. Gleason‘s column every week in the Chronicle. Turns out Gleason also contributed to both Ramparts and Rolling Stone. Wow, those were the days!

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