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Friday, November 23, 2012

Arthur Magazine to Return

Posted by on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM


Via Robert Ham at

The great but financially strapped counterculture magazine Arthur will be returning to print after a four-year hiatus. Published by Jay Babcock, the LA-based Arthur existed from 2002-2008 and ran some of the most insightful and provocative music/countercultural/ political journalism in America and helped to raise the profile of "freak folk" throughout the world, aided in part by The Golden Apples of the Sun compilation it issued in conjunction with Devendra Banhart in 2004.

Publishing such a non-mainstream zine, while aesthetically satisfying, led to $100,000 of debt. The strain of trying to edit the mag and raise revenue proved too stressful for Babcock, so he ceased operations in 2008. But a move to a location just outside of Joshua Tree, California and a reliable source of income have given him incentive to relaunch Arthur. This is great news for lovers of interestingly written, left-of-center music/art criticism.


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Kathy Fennessy 1
Agreed! I still have that issue. Wouldn't mind some new music from Brightblack Morning Light, too.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
great news. look forward to new issues.
Posted by heckler13 on November 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
Posted by paulus on November 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this
LEE. 4
I never understood how Brightblack Morning Light lived in tents but owned a Rhodes.
Posted by LEE. on November 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 5
@4 Their friendship with Philip K. Dick's widow?
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this

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