Friday, June 27, 2008


For those of you who don't know what Arthur Magazine is, read about it here.

Check out their website here.

Well, Arthur needs our help... financially. They need $20,000 (They have $15,600!!) by July 1st! If you're not convinced they need it, check out who supports them:

"There is no other periodical I look more forward to arriving than the new Arthur."
Rick Rubin

"Arthur re-awakens the vigilante in me."
Miranda July

"Arthur is really something singular and much-needed."
Dave Eggers

"[Arthur has] its finger on America's eccentric and softly anarchic countercultural pulse."
The Sunday Times, 2007

"The central voice of the new scene"
The New York Times, 2006

"Arthur is oversized, free, colorful, patchouli-scented but whip-smart, unapologetically political, sometimes silly, often anarchist and always willing to listen to voices way, way outside the mainstream. Above all, it is prophetic, usually about two years ahead of the rest of the country in its loves and obsessions."
The Village Voice, 2007

"[Arthur has] an allure unlike any other magazine I have seen in my lifetime. [L]ike picking up a true document of a time and place in American culture, yet also removed from the present, harkening back to the utopian visions championed by the hippie free press... In any given issue, you can read about music, drugs, protest, meditation, metaphysics, sex, herbs, nature, communes, art, socialism, siphoning gasoline from SUVs, and hypnotizing cops by eating doughnuts in front of them... Arthur seems to attract a readership numbed by the glut of too-slick music and culture mags, just waiting for something truly unique to emerge."
Brian J. Barr, Seattle Weekly, 2007

"Arthur [is] the most eclectic, thoughtfully designed periodical I have encountered. Arthur [is] clearly drawn to psychedelic music and [is] always a good place to look for fresh acts but to say it [is] a music magazine would be a misnomer. This free publication presents contemporary artwork, photography, political essays and literary reviews with admirable disregard for categorisation. I [have] never picked up a copy of Arthur without finding something intriguing and informative and I believe that magazines of which this can be said are all too few and far between.... In drawing attention to what is being produced under the radar and discussing its merits, magazines like Arthur have a nurturing effect on great music and art. They connect artists with audiences and provide an outlet for intelligent discussion and detailed criticism. It would be great to see the example taken up [in Britain]."
Alan McGee

"One of the best music magazines on the terrasphere is back... Now in full-color, Arthur remains all about...saving the parts of the planet worth saving. And: free. Life is short, art is long, Arthur isn't done."
RJ Smith, Los Angeles Magazine, 2007

"Arthur: The Little Magazine That Could" by Kevin McCarthy at The Nation's website (2007)

"(F)orceful and singular in its vision..."
SFWeekly, 2007

"The American counterculture's answer to the New Yorker"
The Guardian

"Back from the dead, this latest issue [No. 26] of the newly-resurrected American counter-cultural zine has gotta be their most solid read to date, with a real stand-out feature/interview/poetic appreciation of Yoko Ono by Byron Coley and Thurston Moore that focuses on the more obscure avant-garde activities normally eclipsed by endless Beatles wackery. Excellent. Great to have em back.
David Keenan / Volcanic Tongue, 2007

"[Arthur] has been busy streaming the revelations and imperatives of the New New Age into pop culture, where the kids can get at it... Arthur has become the place where the ideas meet the music; where Derek Jensen's freefall apocalyptics can sit with total aptness beside a piece on nouveau hippie swooners Brightblack Morning Light. The same issue begins with a column about mint tea and ends with a list of 'sensitive weapons' (e.g., shotgun shells taped to the end of a BB-gun barrel) for use when the grid collapses and Devendra Banhart fans are called upon to defend their homes and woolly hats.... Arthur has saturated itself in the '60s, via features on the Weather Underground, the MC5, the 1967 March on the Pentagon, and also in the post-psychedelic slant of the music coverage. But there's nothing regressive here. From the freaky folkers to the acid rockers, Arthur bands have their eyes on the advancing historical horizon..."
James Parker, The Boston Phoenix, 2006


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