Newspapers: The Tribe Is Restless

Max Scherr, 53, is a lawyer who looks a lot like Allen Ginsberg and lays claim to being a Marxist. He owned the Steppenwolf bar in Berkeley for seven years but, so the story goes, the toi let in the men's room broke down one day in 1965, and rather than lay out the money to fix it, Max simply sold the place and started an underground newspaper, the Berkeley Barb. Max, it seems, has this thing about money; he refuses to spend it, on himself or anyone else. Featuring sex, rebellion and kinky ads, the Barb grew into...

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