Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Fredy Perlman

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AUGUST 20 — FREDY PERLMAN
Co-founder of Black & Red Books in Detroit;
writer, critic, patron saint of autonomous publishers.
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August 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Budapest, Hungary: ST. STEPHEN’S FESTIVAL. A magnificent procession car-
ries the reliquary through the streets followed by feasting,
merry-making and dancing in the streets and parks.

ALSO ON AUGUST 18 IN HISTORY…
1830 — First Negro convention held, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1878 — American novelist Upton Sinclair born, Baltimore, Maryland.
1890 — Crackpot fantasist H. P. Lovecraft born, Providence, Rhode Island.
1934 — Autonomous publisher Fredy Perlman born, Brno, Czechoslovakia.
1940 — Leon Trotsky fatally icepicked by Stalinist goon, Coyoácan, Mexico.
1968 — Soviet Army invades Czechoslovakia, ending “Prague Spring.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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