Glasgow’s radical alternative press in 1970.
Part of the Hay and Woolfson Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ephemera Collection, The Word is a left-wing magazine from the early seventies. Anti-establishment, in its first issue it promises to
“let you understand what is really going on”.
Printed around the time of the famous USC Work-In the magazine calls for “total social change” and denounces bureaucrats and property speculators. As well as printing articles and cartoons it gives listings for concerts, films and meetings in Glasgow.
The Word gives us an interesting insight into the left in Glasgow in the early seventies. It shows the kind of issues that it was focussed on and its take on current affairs, criticising the Glasgow press’ bias as ‘lies’. Housing and the welfare of Glaswegians is high on its list of priorities; it frequently attacks rising rents and substandard accommodation. Under the listings of events it even notes the rent tribunals,“see the…
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