The most famous front cover from the alternative press of the 1960s and 1970s. Just days after the May 'evenements' in Paris in 1968, a new London-based radical paper Black Dwarf - taking its name from a rebellious Regency-era periodical - coined the slogan of that intoxicating summer: "We Shall Fight, We Will Win, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin". Tariq Ali, Fred Halliday, Sheila Rowbotham and Adrian Mitchell were all amongs the founders and contributors. Quite some time back, I managed to pick up a copy of this issue for £5 at the much-missed Compendium on Camden High Street. I was pleased about that.
All this has come to mind from seeing this 'Black Dwarf' front page in today's Guardian. It's part of the obituary of Robin Fior, a graphic designer who did the design work for 'Black Dwarf', 'Peace News' and other radical titles before heading to Portugal in 1972. It shows how simple ideas, and a very considered use of words, can have such a huge impact. The design of this cover is, in graphic terms, unexceptional. But it captured the moment. And it's lasted in the collective memory.
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