New York: Changes, 1974. Tabloid newspaper, newsprint printed in black-and-white and color (measures 15 x 11.5 inches).
June 1974 issue of New York-based monthly rag Changes, featuring a cover illustration by legendary underground comix artist R. Crumb. The scarce and little documented periodical was a part of the underground press boom of the 1960s and 70s, a period in which alternative periodicals proliferated. Similar to other countercultural New York papers such as the East Village Eye and East Village Other, Changes covered the city’s art, literary, theater, and musical scenes, presented exclusive interviews with notable writers and creatives, reviewed avant-garde and popular literature, art, films, and albums, and featured works by prominent underground artists. This issue comprises a interview with cover artist R. Crumb; comic strips by underground cartoonist Will Eisner; a review of Annie Dillard’s Tinker Creek by frequent contributor Joy Williams; an excerpt from Allen Ginsberg’s Allen Verbatim (1974); a review of John Gregory Dunne’s Vegas by Beat editor and critic Seymour Krim; a feature on Richard Avedon with original portraits of his father; and an interview with Francis Ford Coppola on the process of shooting Godfather II (1974). Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photos and ads. Light embrowning to newsprint, light edgewear. Very good. Scarce, with no copies listed in OCLC. Item #5103