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UncategorizedGuardian Commemorative Edition cover, release details announced

Guardian Commemorative Edition cover, release details announced

Guardian-in-Exile team reveals tribute issue cover, street date, and more

Bay Guardian Comemorative Edition announced
Guardian Commemorative Edition cover, designed by Brooke Ginnard.

By Marke B. 

JANUARY 16, 2015 — Last night, the Guardian-in-Exile team of former Bay Guardian staffers met in my apartment. We were there to dig into some celebratory Cybelle’s pizza and put the finishing touches on what we’re calling the “Guardian Commemorative Edition,” celebrating the Bay Guardian’s 48 year history — and looking to the future of independent SF media. It’s a good one!

The Guardian Commemorative Edition will be released on Thursday, Jan. 22 as an insert in the San Francisco Public Press Winter 2015 issue (available at these news stands for one dollar). Readers will also have the option to download an electronic edition via cool online service Gumroad. The electronic edition will feature an “extended” option, with 20+ more pages of mementos from the Guardian’s long and storied history.

Please follow our Guardian-in-Exile Facebook page for more announcements.

Made possible through generous donations from the Bay Guardian community to our IndieGoGo campaign and completed under the fine auspices of the nonprofit San Francisco Public Press, the 24-page issue contains remembrances from founder Bruce Brugmann and former editor Tim Redmond, and reporting and writing from the former Guardian news staff. We’ve also called on our arts and culture critics to write about Bay Area music, film, dining, drinking, dance, stage, nightlife, sex, and more.

Longtime Guardian voices like reporter Rebecca Bowe, film critics Cheryl Eddy and Dennis Harvey, stage critic Robert Avila, dance critic Rita Felciano, music editors Emma Silvers and Emily Savage, tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi, man-about-town Broke-Ass Stuart, astrologist Jessica Lanyadoo, community activist Christopher D. Cook, transit advocate Jason Henderson, sex writer Krissy Eliot, and commemorative edition editors editors Steven T. Jones and Marke B. (that’s me!) will be included — a continuation of the lively and necessary dialogue and writing the Guardian was known for.  The gorgeous-looking edition was designed by award-winning art director Brooke Ginnard.

We can’t wait for the Guardian Commemorative Edition to hit the streets next week.


Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.
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  1. Hi, I apologize for my comments above. Sometimes I am such a pompous horse’s ass who can’t resist putting my hoof in my mouth. If you think it’s bad reading my insufferable ignorance and hyperbole on this website, imagine what it must be like to BE me on a daily basis. Again, my apologies.

  2. Don’t hold your breath, Marke. Joseph is copying my tactic of focusing all political effort on criticizing others who fail to meet my standards.

  3. They just have taken on the world view of the far right that they despise. As you noted, they want pro lifers to stay behind the lines when protesting, but they rationalize running wild when someone they like is doing it.

    Other places it’s not so bad, it just reached tipping point here in SF.

  4. It is sad because it is really important for the left, if they ever want to have influence again, to understand how they went from passionate but tolerant debaters to propagators of hate and intolerance.

    Why is it that I can debate them without ever getting angry but they cannot debate me without hating? Why do they immediately practice fear and loathing on someone for no reason other than they they differ from them about ideas and conceptual notions?

    I am not sure but it seems the left have taken on some of the aspects of the terrorists, who think so little of those with whom they disagree that they quite simply wish to kill them.

    I hope that the Tim’s of the world rise again. But i am not confident – the left have jumped the intolerance shark, and have become inhuman.

  5. I had beers with the Tim/Guardian crowd at the Uptown with owner Scott back in the 90’s, when the Guardian was on Hampshire St. That was before the small mindedness really set in with the left in this town.

    I don’t know exactly why it all changed, perhaps the entitlement that came with the election of Ammiano, Peskin and the rest of the gang? There really is something to be said about a minority pleading for tolerance when the minority, but having no tolerance when in power.

  6. Tim may be the last of the old-school civilized lefties, with whom you can disagree and then still go for a beer with.

    The new generation are so riddled with hatred and prejudice that there is little chance of that ever happening again. The new left is predicated on intolerance.

  7. Thanks Tim for the heads up. There will never be another Tim Redmond Executive Editor of SF Bay Guardian, but I’m glad we don’t get a last special edition of you. We’re grateful you are out there speaking for integrity and our progressive San Francisco. Viva Tim!!

  8. Glad to see my friends from ACT UP/New York City, especially Brett Nicholson Earle screaming with his mouth wide open, from an East Coast protest is on the cover on the lower right.

  9. Yeah, but what if after “month of coordination and setup (financing),” the result was a worker-directed enterprise that used a combination of print and digital media to get the story out? The story being the final death throes of the Holy Roman Empire; not the latest garage band, or $4 toast, or Hollywood movie. There is plenty of traditional advertising revenue out there. Maybe your the old network is simply too…old, and some new blood is needed; some of the youth from New American Media, for example. Old Farts like Tim would make good mentors. There is no logical reason a truly alternative weekly newspaper couldn’t thrive in the Greater Bay Area.

  10. It’s looking good and we all owe you a debt of gratitude for the hard work of putting this together. It will be useful far into the future. I just hope, like so many others, that it can lead to a resumption of some sort of publication of the Bay Guardian because we all miss it tremendously.

  11. Hi Peter — great point, of course. But I don’t think it’s so much a lack of willingness as it is a lack of resources. Who would coordinate such a thing, and where would the money come from? Institution-sponsored journalism much necessarily maintain its own separate projects for institutional integrity (piecemeal grants would never do for such a large project), and nonprofits and journalists are scrambling too much for our next meal to embark on a grand scheme that would take months of coordination and setup. If you or someone you know has 10 million dollars, a printing press, and a web infrastructure ready to go – please contact me!

    That said, a tighter network of journalists working together would be something practical to work on. We’re all a bit in shellshock at what’s been happening to the media landscape that I think cynicism, fear, and mistrust are definitely factors working against heroic journalistic projects.

  12. Hear hear!

    By “in depth,” I assume you mean Investigative journalism. I would also like to see more coverage of “minorities,” who are in fact the majority; non-Euro’s, seniors, persons with disabilities, and immigrants. Some natural history would be nice. And it could be printed in three or four languages.

  13. It is very disappointing that the reportorial talent represented by the former Guardian, 48 Hills, California Watch, the Center for Investigative Journalism, and Lowell Bergman’s investigative team at the UC Journalism School don’t seem willing to pull their teams together into a REAL Bay Area newspaper with actual systematic, in depth coverage of local, regional, and state issues. Note the words: systematic, in depth coverage. It looks more like a small collection of fiefdoms that serve the needs of the lords of the manor more than the peons. Sorry to be direct, but someone has to.

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