45 years of printing the news and raising hell



When the Bay Guardian produced its first issue in October, 1966, the paper described itself as "a fortnightly journal of news, analysis and opinion." Circulation was soon running at 20,000 copies.

Over the past 45 years, the Guardian has become one of the preeminent alternative weeklies in the country. The selection of past covers here gives a hint of the broad range of political and cultural events that have been part of the city — and its alt-weekly — in four and half momentous decades.



Glad you seem to be, maybe, rededicating yourselves to 'raising hell', about time.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 21, 2011 @ 11:42 am

45 years of resisting unionization!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 21, 2011 @ 10:32 am

Celebrating your 45th birthday of existence demonstrates that you're never too old to raise hell and fight the power. Congratulations!

But what would constitute an appropriate birthday celebration? Having a marijuana-laced birthday cake? Smashing a PG&E or bankster pinata? Having the party at the OccupySF encampment?

Posted by Peter on Oct. 20, 2011 @ 10:59 am

the birthday cake idea, ha.

Posted by marke on Oct. 21, 2011 @ 9:11 am

with every new issue.
Especially now that you're online.

Thanks for the help with the gene pool, SFBG!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 11:06 pm


Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

Which was essentially an anti-gay, anti-minority movement threatened by the sexual freedom which was part and parcel of disco. It's nice to know The Guardian was cheering on such reactionaries and helping to usher in the Reagan era.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

we had printed at least two covers extolling the wonder of disco in 1975 and 1977 -- I don't think you can draw such a big conclusion or paint us with such a broad brush, especially considering that disco was such a cash cow status quo status symbol in SF in 1979.

As a dance music writer who has had to suffer through similar backlashes against house, techno, and hip-hop that you describe, I can see your point. But to say that our cover about alternative nightlife sounds in the age of big label disco helped put Reagan in office is a bit absurd. Also, you'll notice the people in the pic are actually dancing, which is quite the opposite from what the suburban rock disco-bashers (many of them gay btw) were into at the time. I don't think salsa helped elect Reagan.

Posted by marke on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

You agree to some extent that people who think house, hip-hop techno and whatever suck, and proclaim it, are bigots of some sort?

Posted by meatsack on Oct. 20, 2011 @ 12:06 am

Thanks. I wasn't aware disco was a "cash cow in San Francisco at that point." I always think of disco as its idealized now - music which came from gay men and which retreated back into gay clubs after the "backlash." So perhaps you're correct and I appreciate the feedback.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

There were some interesting disco moments, Can't Stop the Music is one of the greatest movies of all time, Xanadu is also awesome. Sgt Peppers the movie was a coke and LSD inspired classic.

Check em out guest.

On Chips Puncherello defeated the punkers by singing celebrate at the roller disco. Many other schlocky 70's shows had a disco episode, the Starsky and Hutch episode, great.

The 70's was alive with bad disco crossover.

Established bands made awful disco records, the awful kiss made an even worse disco record than the usual crap they did.

The greatest disco act was Klaus Noami.

Posted by meatsack on Oct. 20, 2011 @ 12:01 am