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The SUN has been silent since late May because we haven't paid the printer for the last issue. But there are things going on in Detroit and elsewhere that people can't find out about except through the SUN, so we're going to try to bring the news out this way until we can afford to return to the tabloid format we started with. We can mimeograph issues ourselves at less cost, but this format doesn't allow artwork and interviews especially in the form we would like to present them. We hope you can get with this compromise format for the time being, and will give the SUN your suport nowtwhen we are able, through your suport, to produce full-size issues. We need help of all kinds, but especially people who can sell advertising and collect money, and people who can sell the paper in the streets, at their schools or in their businesses and give the money back to the SUN so we can continue to expand as a newspaper. Also useful would be office equipment like typewriters (electric typewriters especially), file cabinets, mimeograph paper and ink for a Gestetner 360 machine, art supplies. etc. Donations of money are especially helpful and are greatly appreciated. Those of you who have read and seen the earlier issues of the SUN have a good idea of what we are into, but for those who come to this issue without knowledge of the other issues we'll try to run down some of our major concerns: we feel that the artwork, interviews, reviews and columns that are featured in the SUN are the news. YoUng people are not very interested in reading about who died in a car crash or in the war (people are bom to die anyway, and can't get away from it, so death isn't really news to most people who have accepted the terms of their lives). If they are interested, they can get that in the daily papers or in the weekly newsmagazines. Likewise, people who are interested in reading about current developments on the political scène, the "New Left" and the black revolution, can get that in the FIFTH ESTÁTE, which we would suggest they read regularly. . The FIFTH ESTÁTE follows a standard newspaper format for the most part and contains much valuabie informa tion. With tneir two recent issues on the riots they presented a beautifully truthful alternative to the bullshit propagated by the daily papers, and we need t5 know what is really happening. The underground papers in general are important because they teil it like it is, rather than how their advertisers would have you believe it is. The SUN staff reads probably'10 to 20 underground papers from all over the country and England too, and ' by doing so we get the news about scènes in cities around the country that we could never find out in any newspapers and magazines outside of the underground press alliance. The SUN will be reprinting articles Crorri a nuraber of papers around the world, not because we have a lack of maeotrrwuep w ma Y SUN EDITORIAL -.-- terial of our own, but because there are a lot of things going on all over that we think you should get a chance to find out about. We would also suggest that you read the BERKELEY BARB, the San Francisco ORACLE, Los Angeles ORACLE, the EAST VILLAGE OTHER, the Chicago SEED, the AVATAR from Cambridge, HELIX Erom Seattle, the RAG from Austin, the PAPER from East Lansing, and any other underground papers you can get your hands on. You can find these papers at the 100 Camels Bookstore on Plum Street, at the SUN office on John Lodge, or at Mixed Media on Cass at Palmer. They only cost a dime or a quarter and they make for groovy word and picture trips. We are not "competing" with the FIFTH ESTÁTE, and we think that should be clear by now. The FIFTH ESTÁTE covers some arèas of the total scène, we cover others, and there are still many aspects of the contemporary culture in Detroit and elsewhere that do not have a voice. The emergence last spring of more than 10 high-school underground papers is instant proof of that, and we are sure there will be more in the f all. DEVA, in Birmingham, is a tabloid-formát highschool underground paper, perhaps the first of its kind in the US, and we can imagine any number of strictly local (in the best sense of the word) papers throughout the Detroit área. The SUN staff is prepared to offer assistance and advice to high-school underground newspaper people, and we can print via mimeo at very low costs. Contact us if you need help, and we will do our best to let you know what we know about putting out a paper. The SUN will concéntrate on those aspects of the culture that are most important to us: the music scène, the dope scène, reports from inside people's heads, the writing scène, and of course artwork to cool out your eyes. We want to make each page a total experience, incorporating words, photos and artwork. The photooffset process by which tabloid newspapers are printed makes this a possibility, and we are committed to making the most of any possibilities we are offered. With your support we can do this; without it we don't even feel that it's worth trying. This issue of the SUN is not "typical" of what the SUN is about, but it will give you an idea of where we 're at. We want you to know that we do want to publish the paper, but we can't do it right until we have enough money. If you have any money, or any plans for getting money to us, please stop by and talk to us. We need your aelp. The SUN is edited by John Sinclair and Gary Grimshaw. Workers include Pun and Genie, Dave Sinclair, Rita Colé, Magdalene Sinclair, Ron JLevine, Judy, Emil Bacilla, Robin Tyner, John Ka, Marshall Rubinoff, Michael Morning, Jim Semark, the Dope Dealer, and many others. Our special thanks for this issue goes to Dick Reynolds of Clod and Pebble magazine for his donation of the electric stencils which made it possible for us to reproduce the artwork in this issue. Also thanks to Únele Rusa for use of the Grande Ballroom for a benefit, and to the MC -5, the Spikedrivers, the Up, and the Electric Flower (bands) and the Magie Veil Light Company for performing free at the benefit. Also to all our subscribers and donors who have been more helpful than they might think, Thank you.