The editors of the acclaimed new book about Austin’s iconic underground newspaper speak and sign books on Thursday, January 5.
UPDATE: The event at BookPeople was a tremendous success, with an enthusiastic overflow crowd. Celebrating The Rag editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale spoke, led discussion, and signed books. Artist Kerry Awn and photographer Alan Pogue also offered some memories and joined in the signing. The event was rebroadcast on Rag Radio. Listen to it here.
SECOND CHANCE: There will be another event, this one at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Austin, from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, February 19. Dreyer, Embree, and Croxdale will speak and Glenn Scott will introduce a partial screening of People’s History in Texas’ documentary film about The Rag. It will be free and open to the public.
What: Discussion and Booksigning
Who: Editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Richard Croxdale
When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
Address: 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703
Cost: Free and open to the public
AUSTIN — Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, editors of the new book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper, will speak and sign books at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar in Austin, on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7 p.m.
Copies of Celebrating The Rag will be available for purchase at the event.
Celebrating The Rag tells the remarkable story of the legendary underground newspaper that sparked a political and cultural revolution and helped make Austin weird.
The book features more than 100 articles from The Rag’s 11-year history, plus contemporary essays and vintage art and photography. This collection captures the radical politics and subversive humor that marked the pages of this upstart newspaper between 1966 and 1977.
The folks at BookPeople describe The Rag and the book this way:
The story of radical Austin is the story of the renowned underground newspaper The Rag. The stories in the Rag brought radical thought, action, art, belief, and protest to the Austin public in the 60s and 70s, when independent thought along the Drag was both desperately needed and heartily welcomed. The Rag was a pipeline of information and ideas to other hotbeds of creativity and unrest, and Celebrating the Rag is both a beautiful volume and a fitting tribute to the wacky original. Join editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree and Richard Croxdale in honoring an iconic Austin publication.
Thorne Dreyer was the original “funnel” of The Rag in 1966. He now edits The Rag Blog and hosts the syndicated Rag Radio program. Austin activist Alice Embree, a veteran of the women’s movement and progressive politics, worked with the paper through much of its history. Richard Croxdale, who was involved in The Rag‘s later years, is a producer of People’s History in Texas’ documentary film about The Rag.
Celebrating The Rag can be found in Austin at BookPeople, BookWoman, Antone’s Record Shop, and all Planet K and Oat Willie’s stores. It can be purchased online at Lulu.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble, and is available through Ingram.
BookPeople is the largest independent book store in Texas.