I have never read anything so enthusiastic about 999.
Also, a rather bizarre coincidence that this photo jokes about Hughie Green (not actually pictured) fellating Bob Geldof, when it later turned out that Hughie Green was actually the father of Paula Yates, with whom Bob produced posho b-list celebrity scientologist Pixie Geldof.
My favourite bit is the Valves doing single reviews. Not sure if the Scars whose gig is reviewed is the same band that did a post-punk single on Fast records, but as the début gig described took place near Edinburgh, I'm guessing they are.
Sorry for the long delay, I've been on holiday. From Buffalo, NY, a city I passed through on the megabus from NYC to Toronto three weeks ago, comes this fanzine dedicated to all thing (you guessed it!) powerpop. Features an Alex Chilton (RIP) interview and a review of the Scruffs demo (which I really need to hear).
A Scottish regional perspective here with bits about the underrated mod/powerpop band the Jolt and Johnny and the Self-Abusers. Incidentally, the Cuban Heels, who are the half of Johnny & the Self-Abusers that didn't become Simple Minds, are featured in the excellent 1979 BBC Play for Today Just a Boy's Game which I watched the other day.
The last of my Alternative Ulster scans, it features the Clash, Rudi, Killjoys, the Outcasts, powerpopppers Advertising and many more. I've cut the double-page scans in two for ease of reading this time.
This week's upload is Alternative Ulster #31. Rehearsals with the Clash, Boyfriends gig review, a piece of Patrick Fitzgerald and lots on the usual Belfast bands (Rudi, Protex, etc.) The page numbering gets confusing towards the end, not sure why, I think the fanzine was assembled out of order but I might have just messed up the scanning.
I'm back with Alternative Ulster number 12 featuring Rudi, the Victim, the Outcasts, the Killjoys, the Flys and many more. I've re-branded the blog with a catchier, 100% more punk rock name. Apologies for any confusion, I don't think many people got who James Callaghan was, and furthermore, it really should have been called "Jim Callaghan's Magazine Rack." I've also created a PDF this time for ease of reading.
Welcome to my maiden voyage into the world of blogging. Last summer I had the opportunity to scan a number of vintage punk fanzines from Mich Jones' personal collection. This was all thanks to the Rock'n'roll Public Library project, which put various bits of memorabilia, ephemera and clutter from Mick Jones' lock-up on display and provided a scanner for patrons of their library.
When I first got to the exhibit/library, after admiring Mick Jones' B.A.D. baseball jacket and his collection of 'Only Fools and Horses' VHS videos I discovered a massive pile of 1970s punk fanzines on a bottom shelf. My heart raced as I sifted through three huge piles of fanzines, mostly from Britain, but from all over the world. I've never seen so many vintage fanzines in such good condition all in one place. Unlike records, very few fanzines seem to have survived the intervening years - most I imagine fell apart in harrington jacket pockets, were left on trains or thrown out at a later date by wives and mothers. Faced with far more fanzines than I could ever read, I tried my best to scan as many of them as possible, and only managed about fifty. Another patron from the library scanned a further 12, which he kindly e-mailed to me. So from this hodge-podge assortment of 70s punk fanzines I'll be posting around one a week for the coming year.
To start things off is an entire fanzine devoted to West London's the Valves. Enjoy!