55 Norfolk St.
By Tim Devin
Somerville, MA, Free the Future Press, 2021
Dimensions: 5.5 in X 8.5 in
Process: B/W digital copying
Edition size: unlimited
Librarian, researcher, dad, zine-maker, local historian, and many other things, Tim Devin comes back at us with his latest exploration drawn from where he lives (or nearby at least): 55 Norfolk St. From the back cover:
A tiny, one-floor storefront near Cambridge's busy Central Sq. has been home to more than its share of radicals & artists. Let's take a look at their world, & see how this one small space made it all possible.
Features stories about 55 Norfolk Street's magical past, including: the Mobius Artists Group. A radical tenants rights group called Eviction Free Zone. Two performance art spaces--Meme, and 55 Norfolk. A couple rent strikes. A maverick gallery run by future-Zeitgeist kingpin Al Nidle. And a politically-radical player-piano-busker known as Piano Dave.
Includes info from interviews with Al Nidle, Alice Vogler, E. Stephen, Jane Wang, Jason Pramas, Mary Regan, Meg Rotzel, Rob Chalfen, and Sandrine Schaefer.