Fascinating Magazine Covers That Documented the Counterculture

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Between the passing of Woodstock’s 46th anniversary and that of the Manson family murders — documented compellingly in Karina Longworth’s recent podcast episodes for You Must Remember This — the counterculture of the 1960s and ‘70s has been at the forefront of our minds.

In looking back at photos of the time period, it’s fascinating to see how the many social, political, and religious movements were documented in the popular culture. We’ve collected magazine covers from the time period that reveal how the counterculture and other shifting movements around it were portrayed in the media — in mainstream magazines and underground publications alike.

May 1965

1960s

April 8, 1966

May 27, 1966

September 9, 1966

1967

February 17, 1967

July 7, 1967

February 1968

April 1968

November 10, 1968

July 18, 1969

August 1969

August 23, 1969

September 5, 1969

September 15, 1969

March 7, 1970

June 25, 1970

August 6, 1970

September 1970

August 24, 1971

October 1971

November 25, 1971

June 19, 1972

August 1973

August 1975