“Why do you think I do a blog? Cos it’s less work than doing a fanzine and it costs sweet F.A to ‘publish’. Sorry if I’m more advanced in my commitment to the anarcho-socialist utopia of the 24/7 leisure society than some.” – Martin, BTI
There seem to be less and less magazines out there I am interested in as time passes. Maybe that’s because I’m more fussy and cynical these days, but I think the simple fact is that there is just less self-published material being produced.
Here’s what I’ve been reading recently, anyway:
Savage Messiah #10
London 2013 and things look bad. Laura Oldfield Ford paints a bleak picture of the Olympic legacy, with various subcultural tribes wandering the decaying urban wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Britain. Perhaps the most shocking indictment of all is the fact that these wretches seem to be reduced to painting Flux of Pink Indians graffiti on the walls….
Brighton-based marxist magazine which won’t be to everyone’s tastes -very text heavy, lots of footnotes, quite wordy. Still worth a read in places though – I have linked to their piece on opposition to the Criminal Justice Bill from the uncarved “critical look at anarchopunk” pages.
This issue includes some surprisingly readable interrogations of New Labour and the Socialist Workers Party and their relationships with the “muslim community”. Good to see a worthwhile class analysis of the situation for a change.
Music mag – a bit too much focussed on soul, funk, hip hop, crate diggin’ business for my liking but still pretty good as these things go. This issue has a nice feature on UK reggae soundsystems – largely inspired by the Musically Mad DVD. The piece has some nice quotes from Shaka’s box boy Norman Felix and Benji Roots of Brixton’s Supertone shop. Other features I found interesting include Greg Wilson on Legends – Manchester’s seminal electro club and a feature on Emory Douglas – graphic artist and Minster of Culture for the Black Panther Party.
Otherwise it’s back to my archives for a print media fix. Or (bah) onto the net:
http://zinewiki.com/ was a great resource about independent publishing – hell I even added some stuff on there about reggae fanzines. It now seems to be down, bah. I was looking forward to going back there and genning up on first wave Riot Grrl zines after listening to a compilation CD of the music Martin did for me.
When zinewiki was up, browsing through lead me to discover that there is now an almost complete online archive of queer punk zine Homocore. That was always worth checking – a nice counterpoint to the increasingly rigid and tedious punk scene.
http://qzap.org/v5/index.php which includes Homocore precursor JDs and lots more besides.
JDs is interesting because it is said to have willed into existence the homocore / queer punk genre just by writing about it, over emphasising some things and probably mythologising a lot. Perhaps worth comparing to Taqwacore, the relatively recent eruption of Islamic Punk which was apparently inspired by a novel?