Student magazine

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Published on 25 August 2015

I left school at 16-years-old to start my first business, Student magazine. Launched in 1968, Student magazine was created to provide an alternative to the stale publications and school magazines of the day.

Student gave young people a voice and challenged perceptions of youth culture – covering everything from pop culture and music to the Vietnam and Biafra wars. While some of the issues we spoke out about have now been addressed, many are still relevant today.

In the spirit of #TBT, a new excerpt from the magazine will published each Thursday. Take a trip with me down memory lane to the days of Student magazine…

Are young people being educated not to think?

Read the first Student magazine editorial and our early thoughts on revolutionising education systems.

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Black and white cartoon in Student magazine
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To All Very Young People

Read a poem I was given when I was a child. It was written by my grandfather, Captain Rupert Ernest Huntley Flindt, who gave it to me when I was seven years old in 1957.

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My first poem aged 16 – Lacking Love

While previous editions of my weekly trips down memory lane into the Student archives have focused upon issues like the Vietnam War, this week’s blog focuses on another issue every 16-year-old (and 65-year-old!) has on their mind…

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Young Richard Branson
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The first Western writer to enter Vietnam

The most controversial journalist in Britain. He is probably the most experienced and widely travelled writer in the world, watching blandly at almost every historical climacteric for over 20 years.

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Photo of an article from Student magazine on journalist James Cameron.
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Protesting from the page to the streets

Vanessa Redgrave, Tariq Ali and myself had walked together leading thousands of protestors. Things got a little out of hand and truncheons came out. Fortunately the sprint was my strong point at school and the bobby never caught me. 

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Black and white photo of a young Richard Branson and others lying down on the ground in protest
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Student: a platform for all shades of opinion, all beliefs and ideas

Read some of my original editorial and accompanying artwork from John Piper in 1968.

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A picture tells a thousand words

Student had a team of great writers, creating wonderful and punchy pieces of journalism, but when it came to articles about war and conflict we knew imagery was the only way to tell the hard-hitting truth. 

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An article from Student magazine titled Biafra is dying on its feet
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