What Was L.A.’s First Alternative Newspaper?

You can thank the hippies
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We had periodicals dedicated to communism, gay rights, and the local art scene (dig Ed Ruscha’s Orb) before the Los Angeles Free Press launched at the 1964 Renaissance Pleasure Faire and defined the genre. Covering politics, art, and music, the paper was distributed early on by barefoot denizens of the Sunset Strip (aka hippies) and ran until 1978, when the now-beleaguered LA Weekly debuted. “The Freep” relaunched online in 2005, so its footprint is strictly digital these days.


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