Bound Together

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Bound Together
TypeAnarchist collective
PurposeAnarchist bookstore
Headquarters1369 Haight Street
Coordinates37°46′13″N 122°26′41″W / 37.7702°N 122.4447°W / 37.7702; -122.4447Coordinates: 37°46′13″N 122°26′41″W / 37.7702°N 122.4447°W / 37.7702; -122.4447
Region served
San Francisco Bay Area
Inside the bookstore, 2011

Bound Together is an anarchist bookstore and visitor attraction on Haight Street in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Its Lonely Planet review in 2016, commenting on its multiple activities, states that it "makes us tools of the state look like slackers".[1] The bookstore carries new and used books as well as local authors.[2]

The bookstore is run by a volunteer collective that includes "lifers" who have held shifts there for decades.[2] Bound Together coordinated the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair in 1995.[3] It sends books to jails through the Prisoners' Literature Project.[2] A mural outside the bookshop, originally painted in the 1990s by Susan Greene and periodically updated, is titled Anarchists of the Americas and depicts American anarchists including Voltairine de Cleyre, Emma Goldman, and Sacco and Vanzetti,[2] as well as a member's cats.[4] Members of the collective may if they choose put out a chalked sign with a slogan when they are working in the store, and the interior is papered with old posters.[4]

It was founded as "Bound Together Bookstore" in 1976 in a former drugstore at the corner of Hayes and Ashbury Streets by a collective that included Richard Tetenbaum and Joey Cain.[5][6] In 1983 it moved to Haight Street and was renamed "Bound Together: An Anarchist Collective Bookstore".[6] Like other small businesses in San Francisco, the collective has been affected by rising costs: their rent increased twelvefold between 1983 and 2004.[7] Bound Together is among the independent bookstores included on the San Francisco Chronicle's 49-Mile Scenic Route.[8]


  1. ^ "Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley: Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective". Lonely Planet. Retrieved November 30, 2016. Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic permaculture manuals, prison literature and radical comics, while coordinating the annual spring Anarchist Book Fair and restoring its 'Anarchists of the Americas' storefront mural – makes us tools of the state look like slackers.
  2. ^ a b c d Murphy, Dwyer (November 18, 2016). "In Search of the Radical Bookstores of Old San Franciso [sic]". Literary Hub. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Marech, Rona (March 27, 2005). "San Francisco: Authority a four-letter word at this book fair / Anarchists find common ground at S.F. get-together". SFGate. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Curiel, Jonathan (March 8, 2018). "Know Your Street Art: Bound Together". SF Weekly. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Fan, Diana (February 5, 2015). "Bound Together: A Look Inside Haight Street's Anarchist Bookstore". Hoodline. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Bound Together: An Anarchist Collective Bookstore". Found SF. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Edge, Brian (2004). 924 Gilman: The Story So Far. Maximum Rocknroll. p. 324. ISBN 978-0-9755680-0-2.
  8. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (November 15, 2019). "A 49 Mile Scenic Drive teardown: Neighborhoods in and golf courses out on new route". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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