Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
Twenty-five years ago, Bob Dylan's warning to a stick-in-the-mud establishment became a call to arms for a generation of artists and writers determined to burst through the barricades and foment change. Dozens of "alternative" publications were born in the anarchic '60s and '70s only to sink like stones by the straight-arrow '80s. The few that survived are now finding themselves on the receiving end of Dylan's message.
Next month Mother Jones, one of the country's last bastions of crusading left-wing journalism, will introduce a...