ADVERTISING: The Limits of Liberation

Most underground newspapers are a garish amalgam of barnyard prose, bare bosoms, revolutionary tracts and sex-oriented want ads. Still, the 50 or so underground publications, including the Los Angeles Free Press, New York's East Village Other and Atlanta's Great Speckled Bird, cover a market beyond the reach of straight media. Some record companies, book publishers and clothing manufacturers have found it worthwhile to promote their wares in the underground press, often baiting their copy with radical themes.

Despite their strong editorial stand against all forms of censorship, the underground papers have just got together and imposed a censorship of their own....

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