Authority magazine

cover of Authority issue 2

Late 70s London-based communist magazine which attempted to satirise the anarchist/communist milieu of the day- with mixed results.

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Fozzie
Apr 11 2018 16:29

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Fozzie
Apr 11 2018 16:57

I've mainly uploaded this because I'm curious about the first issue (I think only two were published) but have never managed to track one down...

(Yes, I have been in my loft).

Steven.
Apr 12 2018 02:31
Fozzie wrote:
I've mainly uploaded this because I'm curious about the first issue (I think only two were published) but have never managed to track one down...

(Yes, I have been in my loft).

Thanks for doing this.

I actually used to have a copy of Authority #1. No idea it where it went, though. It was before I started scanning stuff. Probably around 2003.

Don't remember all of the content, but I did think it was kind of rubbish. Had some stuff slagging off Albert Meltzer, and some quite bad cartoons depicting anarchist riot police after the anarchist revolution. I seem to recall it having a very anti-organisational vibe…

Fozzie
Apr 12 2018 08:13

Thanks Steven, it's of interest in a general trainspottery way I guess but perhaps is the sort of thing that is funnier when talked about than actually read. smile

The bits about middle class people in Islington and the militant workers' enquiry into the police force in issue 2 are quite amusing ideas...

Serge Forward
Apr 12 2018 08:45

In a similar vein, I seem to recall a spoof Black Flag in the early 80s called Black Frog. I'm wondering if it was the same people.

R Totale
Apr 12 2018 09:43

Didn't Subversion do a Spoofversion once as well?

Fozzie
Apr 12 2018 09:58

Yes that's here:
http://libcom.org/library/spoofversion-incorporating-subversion-24

I do quite like all this stuff but it is obviously very insular.

R Totale
Apr 12 2018 10:24

Yeah, although I suppose a useful corrective to how it's easy to think of "social media echo chambers" and so on as a newfangled phenomena, nice to be reminded that back in the day there were people putting pen (or at least typewriter) to paper to make jokes as incomprehensible and insular as any of today's memes.
Another one for the "funnier as an idea" file: I'm sure I remember the old US Green Anarchy had a column by Statler and Waldorf, which was a great idea but fatally undermined by the fact that it was in Green Anarchy and so written by people with utterly woeful politics, and a correspondingly warped sense of what is and isn't inherently funny.