‘Brighton Voice’ was an alternative newspaper published in the 1970s. The ‘Voice’ as it was known, followed broadly anarchist principles and functioned as a collective. It mainly aimed to expose what it saw as incompetent management of the then separate councils of Brighton and Hove. Campaigns conducted included one against the construction of the Marina.
A collective approach
Brighton Voice was intended to be issued monthly but usually managed about nine issues a year. The collective approach led to slow decision making and lengthy editorial meetings. These were held at the ‘Open Café’, a whole-foods restaurant on Victoria Road. The ‘Voice’ was typed and laid out in the basement of the café.
Problems with distribution
Distribution of the magazine caused problems. Most newsagents were reluctant to stock it, either because of disagreement with the contents or fear of legal action. Sales were highest on the University of Sussex campus but circulation amongst the citizens of Brighton and Hove was poor, despite street sales by members of the collective.
Former ‘Voice’ writers
Of those who worked on the Voice, one became a member of the House of Lords, one is an Emeritus Professor at University of Sussex, several became well-known journalists and at least two went on to work for the United Nations.
Copies should be available for inspection at the Brighton History Centre above the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. (This is an adapted version of my initial contribution to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_Voice. If you can provide additional info please amend both this site and the Wikipedia page. Thanks)