The Great Speckled Bird (newspaper)
Cover of the v.2, n.17 issue (1969)
|Publisher||Atlanta Cooperative News Project|
|Founded||March 8, 1968|
The Great Speckled Bird was a counterculture underground newspaper based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1968 to 1976. It was founded by New Left activists from Emory University and members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society. Founding editors included Tom and Stephanie Coffin, Howard Romaine and Gene Guerrero Jr. The first issue appeared March 8, 1968, and within 6 months it was publishing weekly. By 1970 it was the third largest weekly newspaper in Georgia with a paid circulation of 22,000 copies. The paper subscribed to Liberation News Service, a leftist news collective. The office of The Great Speckled Bird at the north end of Piedmont Park (240 Westminster Dr.) was firebombed and destroyed on May 6, 1972 after the paper published an exposé of the mayor of Atlanta.
A quote from The Bird: "These are our opinions and we are entitled to them, they are not written anywhere else. So, don't expect us to tell both sides of the story. The big newspapers, magazines, TV and radio do that all day long. Here you will hear our side of things."
In 2011 Georgia State University made a digital archive of the Bird available online.
- The Great Speckled Bird from the Georgia State University digital collection
- Cover Image of The Bird
- Liberation News Service
- The Great Speckled Bird - as chronicled by The Strip Project
- Digital Archive of 404 Issues of the Bird, with OCR
- "The Great Speckled Bird Flies Again: GSU preserves the legendary underground paper". Atlanta magazine. December 2011.
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