We just moved house and I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate long enough to string a sentence together, luckily though a collection of great Fanzines landed on my doormat just before the move, inspiring me to put fingers to keyboard again.
As well as those quality publications mentioned below I also really enjoyed the recent Fanzine issue of Maximum Rock and Roll; it was super interesting, to read interviews with some of the zinesters responsible for the fanzines I’ve been enjoying the last couple of years. I’ve also recently picked up issues 16 and 17 of Nuts! which I’ve read about, but not managed to source previously; the leaflet style layout is a touch awkward to read in the wrong setting but it stands out because of this, I may get around to covering it in more detail at some point. Vernacular Visions, a photo zine which was put out as Degenerate #18 and features flyers and slides of found images, is also well worth a look.
First up is Reckless Chants #22, a wholly personal and nostalgic undertaking of remeniscences about the past, and very honest musings about, shitty families, sexuality, friends and music; in essence these are coming of age stories, memories put down in a way that inspire you to write your own history down. This is my first time reading this zine but I’m already looking to pick up some more. Jessie has an easy style which has taken years to perfect, it’s the way I always imagined my writing sounding back in the days when I turned out reems of poetry and kept a daily journal, but in reality, those scrawls were always cheesy; cliched angsty outpourings. This however is an intelligent woman musing about important moments in her life and it’s very inspiring and touching.
Seven Inches To Freedom Fanzine #13. I am always a keen reader of 7″ and this issue doesn’t disappoint. The writing is as emotionally charged as ever and there are a great selection of punk music and zine reviews. The writing has insired me to check out the bands reviewed, in this issue as with previous issues there is plenty to check out and get excited about. I always feel that 7″ has an edgy feel, as if the writer is about to jack it all in and this might be the last issue, but the books keep coming thankfully.
Degenerate Mag #19 is still an off kilter gem, I managed to get this copy from UK distro Inflammable Material, cutting out the US postage issue. Sam has a loose style which feels sometimes like stream of consciousnesses, like his inner thoughts are seeping directy onto the page, I love that feel, but the reviews and articles are so well paced and worded that this can’t be so. Sam has the knack of making everything sound appealing, and I always read the zine with the laptop open next to me so I can check out the bands he mentions and listen as I read about them. Another great issue.