Black Flag magazine

Black Flag magazine

Partial online archive of issues of Black Flag, a UK-based anarchist magazine founded in 1970.

Libcom also hosts a gallery of Black Flag cover art here.

Black Flag began life as the Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross in 1969.

The Bulletin was renamed Black Flag at volume 2 issue 1 in January 1971.

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The Bulletin was originally intended to note the activities and existence of the Black Cross, but the spread of anarchist activism in the sixties made us the focus. There was a demand for an anarchist newspaper, as Freedom had become increasingly bourgeois pacifist, partly because nobody else would work under the direction of Richards and his little group of self-styled intellectuals. When at a demonstration a policeman was alleged to have been injured falling off the horse on which he was dispersing the crowd, and the suggestion was made in Freedom that anarchists should get up a collection for him, the limit was reached. The former Cuddon’s group constituted itself into a Black Flag collective.

After the Bulletin became Black Flag we had many editors for the next twenty odd years, at one time rotating the editorship per issue. Apart from a few of these issues I remained one of the editors throughout. Stuart [Christie] remained an editor for the first five years, but so far as the press or the know-all academic twits are concerned, he remains so to this day. His brief summer of notoriety had made him a historically referable person in spite of their trying to write him off at the same time.

Albert Meltzer - I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels (1996, chapter 13)

An initial attempt at a format/schedule summary

Volume 1: 1969-1970. Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross.
Volume 2: January 1971-January 1973. 15 issues. Monthly. Black Flag - Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross.
Volume 3: March 1973-April 1975. 19(?) issues. Monthly. Black Flag - Organ of the Anarchist Black Cross.
Volume 4: May 1975-1977 15 issues. Monthly.
Volume 5: July 1977-January 1980. 13 issues. Monthly.
Volume 6: March 1980-June 1982. 12(?) issues.

Volume 7: 1983-1985 Initially monthly and then fortnightly newsletter (Issue 2a, 2b etc). Black Flag: Anarchist Fortnightly. Plus Quarterly Magazine. Black Flag: Journal of Anarchist Ideas, News and Comments.

Numbered issues - 1985 onwards. No "Volumes". Black Flag: For Anarchist Resistance.
Issue 201 November 1990.
Issue 202 November 1991.
Issue 203 Autumn 1993. Relaunch as quarterly magazine with glossy two colour cover.
Issue 218 1999. Full colour cover. Annual or biannual from then on.
Issue 226 2007. Relaunch with new collective. Black Flag.

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Steven.
May 27 2011 09:30

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frere
Nov 28 2013 01:42

tried search englines for black flag - took me quite a while to get anything related to anarchism. is there no limit to conspiracy theories?

little_brother
May 29 2017 15:36

For your interest the The Sparrows' Nest Library and Archive has some digitised snippets from 1984-85 due to a visit by a researcher interested in The Miners' Strike and contemporary events. Search on Black Flag in online catalogue for these.
Also we are just about to digitise Vol 1 (then called Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross) and 2 (1969-1973).
See our BF page: http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/index.php/14-news-and-events/103-black-fla... where you can see the list of our physical collection. Any gaps you can fill are gratefully received.

Rob Ray
Mar 31 2018 23:00

Quick note: Issues from 2010-2018 were on flag.blackened.net, however that has now gone offline. Fortunately it's still up at archive.org

Fozzie
Apr 1 2018 19:16

I had a bit of time tonight and so added issue 210 from the archive.org link.
http://libcom.org/library/black-flag-210

There are a few subsequent edits submitted including a better image. Let me know if there is anything wildly wrong with the edited version (after it's been moderated) smile

Worth bearing in mind that AK has better cover images of the issues at the archive.org link:
https://akuk.com/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=53&page=all

Fozzie
Apr 11 2018 17:07

Also covers here: https://libcom.org/gallery/black-flag-magazine-covers

I'm gradually adding the flag.blackened.net ones as text.

there are some PDFs from the 70s here too:
https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?s=black+flag

I'll get to them eventually as well.

Rob Ray
Apr 11 2018 18:15

Great stuff! There's a few others at https://archive.org/search.php?query=black%20flag as well I think, and a bunch at the Sparrows' Nest http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/search.php?query=black+flag&logic=and&digi..., mostly mid-80s.

Steven.
Apr 12 2018 02:03

Fantastic Fozzie, thanks!

Fozzie
Apr 12 2018 10:33

Well if Freedom is going to have a comprehensive online archive, Black Flag needs to have one too right?

Future students of intra-anarchist squabbles of the late 20th Century will thank us all for this! wink

Fozzie
Apr 17 2018 11:43

OK I'm pretty sure that's everything from archive.org and https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?s=black+flag added.

Ed
Apr 17 2018 12:53

Fozzie, this is brilliant and much appreciated, both for the future students of intra-anarchist squabbles and beyond!

Fozzie
Apr 17 2018 13:31

I'd forgotten what a great mag it is, so it was a fun thing to go back over old issues... smile

syndicalist
Aug 20 2018 13:32

Not strictly my kind of publication, its revolutionary credentials and dedication to militant, non-passive anarchism and dedication to the most militant elements of anarch-syndiclsim and class struggle are beyond dispute.

A "must read" for those interested in anarchism,anarchist and revolutionary class movements, class war prisoners and anarchist history.

tyneside anarchist
Aug 29 2018 17:39

lots of covers in our sister page...

with thousands more to follow

https://www.facebook.com/Anarcho-Covers-1437009556596154/

Fozzie
Aug 29 2018 21:42

That is a very cool page - nice work.

Fozzie
Oct 1 2018 12:12

The comdrades at The Sparrows Nest have scanned in most issues from vols 1-4:
http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/index.php/14-news-and-events/165-new-addit...

Fozzie
Jan 31 2019 14:46

Good progress with this. If anyone can lend me the following issues (or older ones) I will scan them in and return them in good condition:

205
206*
208*
209*
221

*Parts of these issues are on Libcom in text form, but it would be good to have the whole thing.

Otherwise it'll be a job for other archives like Sparrows Nest...

Fozzie
Jan 12 2020 12:15

I've added a few issues from Sparrows Nest and there is now a geeky summary of the history of the mag on this page too that people are welcome to correct or add to.

Rob Ray
Jan 12 2020 15:00

Nice one! I feel like one of the 1970s issues would be a better illustration of the mag as a whole than my 2010 computer screen from when I was uploading the later versions btw wink.