Utah’s Alternative Pioneers

Launched in the back room of The Private Eye in 1989 by then (and only) employee J.R. Ruppel, Salt Lake Underground (SLUG magazine) has grown from a grimy four-page photocopy to a local monthly institution, championing everything from local music to skateboard competitions to the very punk-rock art form of bellydancing. Subsequent publishers Gianni Ellefsen (1994-2000) and Angela Brown (2000-present) have kept a rag that has no logical business in Zion not only alive, but thriving.