The Clamor Magazine archive is now available digitally—Can you help us make it more accessible?
Clamor co-founder Jason Kucsma and I are working on making all of the
print content available and searchable through a new web portal. We’ve already
digitized the print magazines, and though everything is online now, we still have some work to do to make it an accessible collection for readers, researchers, and enthusiasts. Can’t wait for the new portal? You can view the magazine collection on the Internet Archive here.
We need your help to see this project through. We hope that you will consider making a small donation to make this possible. Read on for for more about why we’re digitizing the magazine, and why we need your help.
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Clamor Magazine, 1999-2006
Clamor Magazine existed as a movement publication from 1999 to 2006. For many activists, this was a formative period in our lives, including the Seattle WTO protests, September 11, and the Bush Administration. We printed work from over 800 writers, artists, and photographers.
In the early 2000s, magazine publishers, especially independent publishers, were just starting to figure out how to combine online content with existing print magazines. Because of this, very little content from Clamor is online.
In preparing for this project, we spent a lot of time with the old issues. I’ve always been proud of how Clamor provided a platform for hundreds of new voices, but looking through the magazines again I am once again impressed with the quality of the magazine. There are so many stellar contributions, including in-depth discussions of issues that are relevant today. This work is important not just as a historic (or nostalgic) document, but because it provides context for current and ongoing struggles.
Earlier this year, we worked with the non-profit Internet Archive to
digitize the entire print run of the magazine – 38 regular issues and two
Clamor is now completely available online. You can access the archive directly here.
The Internet Archive provides an amazing service, but digitizing the print issues is only the first step. We need to build a user interface that will allow anyone on the web to find the content through a search. All of those 800 contributors – how do we know which issue they are in? Which issue has the Boots Riley and Studs Terkel interviews? Where is that thing Naomi Klein wrote? Which issues feature Andy Stern’s stunning photography? Though everything is online now, there is no way to search it.
This project will make it all available and easier to find for anyone doing a casual internet search for the individuals, organizations, or key concepts featured in the magazine.
We need your help to make the digital archive accessible.
This new portal will make all of the content of the entire run of Clamor easily searchable and available online for free. It will replace the existing content at Clamormagazine.org and will be designed and built by Derek Hogue of Amphibian Design, who created and managed the original Clamor website as a dedicated volunteer (for seven years!).
The new site will launch in March 2014.We anticipate spending $3,000 on this project, which will pay for programming and web development to make search possible as well as the new user interface, labor for data entry, and the cost of digitizing the magazine through the Internet Archive.
The goal of Clamor was to support and amplify new voices. After paying all the expenses we will make a donation to Allied Media Projects and the Allied Media Conference to continue this important work.
Our Thank You to You
We want all of the funds raised to go to this project and to support new independent media voices, so we are not spending money on new T-shirts, booklets, or posters.
Aside from listing contributors to this project on the new website and sending you a personal thank you postcard from Jason and me, there are some original pieces of Clamor ephemera that we will be offering to higher donors, and they are listed as the "perks."
The print issue that available is #38, the last edition of Clamor. We have 10 copies available.
We also have copies of Jen's pamphlet, ""Becoming the Media: A Critical History of Clamor Magazine," printed by PM Press in 2008. You can read the full description and order a copy without donating here.
Here is the image from the back of the T-shirts we have available (Men's XL only), a design by Josh MacPhee. These are new and unworn shirts from the original printing.
Support for this project:
internet put alternative publications at our fingertips, dedicated journalists
and media activists were building publications that challenged the mainstream. Clamor was one of the best, and digitizing
the Clamor archive will create a great resource."
Robert Jensen, Austin TX
"Clamor Magazine was one of the most
important progressive publications in the U.S. during the first decade of the
21st century. It made unique contributions to the intellectual and
cultural landscape by amplifying the voices of DIY zine writers and radical
political activists whilst maintaining an accessible style and upbeat tone.
Too often, the histories of recent social movements and foward-looking,
alternative cultural practices are inaccessible until scholars recover them
decades later. An online archive of Clamor Magazine would serve as a
valuable resource to those new to such efforts, as well as to those whose ideas
and communities Clamor so assiduously documented."
Andrew Cornell, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
“Few publications took the radical possibilities of DIY media and punk
publishing more seriously than Clamor. Clamor set a high standard for
anyone seeking to make media an independent, critical yet crucial voice for the
personal and political transformation that might be called
"revolution." If you
haven't read Clamor, you need to... and then, more importantly, you need to go
make your own media with the same truth, courage, compassion, and
creativity that Clamor embodied.”
Mark Anderson, Positive Force DC/We Are Family, Washington DC
"I first encountered Clamor in the early 2000s. Clamor Magazine's
thoughtful reflection and bold approach unearths insight about how our society
functions—and how to change it. It was indispensable to me in building my
understanding of the world, and its analysis is still relevant. I'm excited that the digitization of the
magazine will make it accessible to many more as we enter new political eras,
but are grounded that the challenges movements face remain the same."
Joshua Kahn Russell, Oakland, CA
“Clamor needs to be preserved! As an important element of the political independent publishing landscape of the late '90s/early 2000s, its archive is a huge resource to activist communities today.”
Lisa Jervis, founding editor/publisher, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Oakland, CA
"Remember way back before anyone besides the military had the Internet? Remember all the way back in the 1980s and 1990s when discovering a particularly great zine was one of the finest joys in life? Then something happened that changed everything. Clamor. My favorite authors and friends could be found together, telling the truth of our lives, full of joy and justice, in one issue after another. Clamor has been gone too long, and its time we had our revenge on the Internet for taking the fun out of life -- making every issue of Clamor available far and wide for thousands, millions, maybe billions of people to read and rediscover. Yeah, it was that good." James Mumm, Brooklyn, NY
“Clamor was the voice of a generation before
the generation even knew it needed one. It deconstructed big media, making
individual media relevant, valid, and vital. Everyone could become the media
and the media became everyone, giving a voice to the voiceless. It was a source
for information and inspiration, a do-it-yourself guide to how media could be
done by the non-media. Seven years, 38 issues, and an outlet for 800 plus
writers and artists. Someone needs to document this. The revolution was not
televised, may well have been compromised, but it was noticed and will continue
to be so. Thanks to Clamor.”
John Yates, Stealworks, Alameda, CA
“Clamor offered a bracing mash-up of youthful dissent, impassioned DIY
organizing and culture-infused politics that was rare to find in the early
'00s. Look back over its pages, and
you'll find the roots of many movements and tactics that have since inspired
Jessica Clark, co-author, Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media, Philadelphia, PA
“Clamor was at the crest of a wave of
alternative culture that people had created by talking to each other in
underground shows and collective houses, through hand-mailed zines, and on the
streets. When Clamor pushed its way onto the shelves, we found that we had
something to say to the larger world, that our conflicting, but heartfelt and
thoughtful, voices mattered.”
Carwil Bjork-James, Nashville, TN
was special. Why? Because it served as a mirror for a certain moment in
America's politically radical counterculture, capturing the messy contradictions
of disparate movements that seemed constantly on the brink of converging,
coalescing, colliding, crashing, burning. Publications
like Clamor come along once a generation, and we owe it to future generations
to make sure that its voice can still be heard."
Jeremy Adam Smith, author, founding editor of Shareable.net, former director of the Independent Press Development Fund, San Francisco CA
created space for ideas and perspectives that are typically marginalized—even
in the progressive media space. I haven't seen an issue in many years, but I'd
be willing to bet that large chunks of the content are still relevant, if not
instructive, on how we might envision - and act out - a better world."
Gavin Leonard, Columbus, OH
certainly qualifies as seminal. But more importantly, it was a good read. For a generation of activists and
journalists that is only now coming of age, it was a gathering place, a
training ground, and a sounding board. From criminal justice reform, to
corporate exploitation of the environment, to an overall move back to local
control of our communities, Clamor was where new ideas and emerging
struggles made it to print. That history needs to be preserved and made available
to all, not just for posterity's sake, but because the content still has
relevance to ongoing movements for change. Long live Clamor!”
Andrew Stelzer, producer, Making Contact, Oakland, CA
“The 38 issues of Clamor Magazine comprise a
treasure trove of fine and intelligent writing. Always concerned with the issues that arise from the unequal society we
live in, the articles remain timely. The interviews in particular are classics;
I am honored to have been one of the people interviewed.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of the forthcoming Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, San Francisco, CA
was the real deal. Astonishingly so. Against all the odds, J & J not only produced 38 issues in seven years—a fantastic feat
in itself—but became both the voice of the emerging movement of movements, and
the voice of the previously voiceless too. They encouraged, amplified,
nurtured and engaged with the best of the independents. To paraphrase the old
imperialist Winston Churchill, himself 'never has so much been produced by so
few'. And with such consistent quality. And to such effect, I might add."
Ramsey Kanaan, PM Press, Oakland CA
always published smart, insightful writing, rather than the preaching to the
choir found in most left media.
Importantly, in every issue there would be one article that pissed me off. I
valued that because Clamor was not afraid to upset its audience. If
leftists were half as smart as we thought we were, we would be a lot more
powerful. During its stellar but all-too-brief run, Clamor excelled at sharp
thinking and challenging the sacred cows of the left. It's a voice that is
sorely missed today.”
Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street Journal. New York, NY