…was a beacon of colour in the monochrome early 80s dominated by misery merchants Crass and TG. A zine I never saw at the time, but had read about in passing on a few occasions. I retold what I knew during a talk on magick and anarchism about ten years ago, which surprised ex-puppy Alistair Livingstone who was in the audience.
We corresponded on and off and he very graciously provided me with a couple of back copies. It was great stuff – uncompromising writing from uncompromising times – drugs, sex, magick, squats, music, politics, you name it. Most importantly, KYPP showed that the eighties couldn’t be divided up into subcultures (punk, crass, industrial, goth, skinheads, etc) so easily – there were strange mutant combinations, and other forces at work.
Al took up this theme at length in his excellent Greengalloway blog, which then became a bit of a pole of regroupment for old lags. As we stand possibly on the brink of an economic crisis every bit as ferocious as 30 years ago, it’s a good time for reflection.
The KYPP site is as ramshackle as the mag was, with a bewildering number of sections, contributors, subsites and spin offs. What is great is the sheer amount of knowledge and perspective about how the 80s counterculture operated, with some nods to how this may be relevant today.
And of course new maps – how did the punks join up with the hippies to form the convoy? Did you know that Colin Faver went from working at punk indie label Small Wonder to DJing techno on Kiss FM?
What is also great is the vast quantity of digitised music from the era which is up there for download. Loads of obscure (post)punk seven inches, whole albums by The Apostles, Adam and the Antz live sets, interviews with early Psychic TV, it’s all there.
All those luxury flats which have sprung up and are now empty – soon to be picturesque ruins? When the right time comes it will be dread for sure, but maybe we can use those ruins for our own purposes again soon.