French underground magazine edited by journalist Jean-François Bizot. Started as a jazz and alternative music review in 1967, it became a staple of the underground press in France.
It covered everything from drugs to film to feminism, and introduced artists like Robert Crumb to a French audience. Bizot used the platform to lend voices to ecologists, feminists, gay-rights activists, and anti-racism campaigners. The magazine married the works of Rimbaud and Baudelaire with the music of Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa. Its pages were loud and colourful, rarely printed in black and white, and with a layout that would be repeated by underground newspapers and zines for decades to come. After 58 issues in a five-year run, this second rendition of Actuel shuttered its doors. It became after more mainstream.
Paris: Novapress, 1973.
First edition 4to (30 × 23.1 cm) Softcover 80 pp Texts in French Saddle-stapled in pictorial wrappers. Illustrated in colour throughout.
Near fine. Slight shelf wear. Internally fine. Item ID: 3022.