Grumble existed for around 2 years between 1971-1973 it was produced by a
motley group of people consisting of students, workers, the unemployed, trade
unionists, pensioners, hippies, artists etc, etc. - anyone who wanted to be
involved could be. Its aim was to give a voice to the people of the North East
and act as a link between the many varied community/self-help groups which were
springing up throughout the region at that time.
The money for the first issue was put up by journalist working on a local
newspaper who was frustrated at not getting stories of local government
corruption published in his paper. The first issue was produced by four
anarchist/hippies who were soon joined by a fluctuating band of people (as
above) who assisted in keeping it going for 2 years. At the height of its
growth 8,000 copies per issue were being produced.
Business know-how was not one of the strengths of the publishers and eventually
money problems forced Muther Grumble to close.
The website, which was begun at the start of 2003 was designed to show what
Muther Grumble was all about and give people today a chance to sample its
contents (much of which is still relevant today). The website has been a minor
success and last month received 26,000+ hits. In fact more people in the 21st
century have read Muther Grumble than ever did in the 1970's!