Mapping Out Utopias, 1970s Boston-Area Counterculture (Vol. 3: The Surrounding Communities—Somerville, Brookline & Newton)


By Tim Devin

The Mapping Out Utopia series is a three-part examination of Boston's 1970s counterculture scene, derived from listings found in contemporaneous countercultural directories and magazines. 

Each volume maps out a different part of the city.

This conclusion to the series examines ten communities on the urban fringe: Somerville, Brookline, Newton, Waltham, Medford, Malden, Chelsea, Artlington, Belmont, and Watertown.

With overviews of nearly 100 organizations, ten hand-drawn maps, and a number of articles on topics ranging from environmentalism, the peace movement, and food co-ops.

Librarian and artist Tim Devin outlines his findings, places his research in context, and supplies details about current property uses and value. As with the other publications in the series, Devin's zine is a fascinating work of regional history with lessons for other regions, spotlighting how cities evolve (or devolve, as the case may be), and the kinds of spaces that are accommodated as civic priorities change.

"From the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers' Movement to the Institute for Psychoenergetics, it's all in here." —Tim Devin

Published by Free the Future Press, 2018

Softcover, 80 pages, saddle-stitch binding, b&w digital, 5.5 × 8.5 inches

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