Sometimes you have to give stuff to get stuff. One of the things I picked up last winter at the L.A. Art Book Fair was this sweet little book published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Crypt Records’ first volume of the Back From the Grave series - a slew of records devoted to primitive, ugly, and wild punk-sounding garage rock bands from the 1960s. Boo-Hooray published this book on Tim Warren’s obnoxious enterprise in an edition of 300 copies and the catch was that you could only get a copy by trading something for it. I got mine by trading one booklet made by Public Collectors, and another published by Temporary Services, the group I’m a member of. There’s a whole discussion over at Terminal Boredom about the things other people traded to nab one.

Sometimes you have to give stuff to get stuff. One of the things I picked up last winter at the L.A. Art Book Fair was this sweet little book published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Crypt Records’ first volume of the Back From the Grave series - a slew of records devoted to primitive, ugly, and wild punk-sounding garage rock bands from the 1960s. Boo-Hooray published this book on Tim Warren’s obnoxious enterprise in an edition of 300 copies and the catch was that you could only get a copy by trading something for it. I got mine by trading one booklet made by Public Collectors, and another published by Temporary Services, the group I’m a member of. There’s a whole discussion over at Terminal Boredom about the things other people traded to nab one.

One of the highlights of my quick trip to Los Angeles for the L.A. Art Book Fair was receiving this fantastic gift from Dale Johnson. Like me, Dale has been self-publishing since the late 1980s. We met online through a friend and he passed along a big pile of ‘zines to me for free—many of which I have scanned the covers of and posted. Last week in Los Angeles, we got to meet in person and he gifted me yet another pile of ‘zines—about 25 booklet-format publications, mostly from the late 1980s and early 90s. I look forward to scanning and sharing a bunch of these. Big thanks to Dale for his generosity and thoughtful dispersal of the things he no longer has space for!

One of the highlights of my quick trip to Los Angeles for the L.A. Art Book Fair was receiving this fantastic gift from Dale Johnson. Like me, Dale has been self-publishing since the late 1980s. We met online through a friend and he passed along a big pile of ‘zines to me for free—many of which I have scanned the covers of and posted. Last week in Los Angeles, we got to meet in person and he gifted me yet another pile of ‘zines—about 25 booklet-format publications, mostly from the late 1980s and early 90s. I look forward to scanning and sharing a bunch of these. Big thanks to Dale for his generosity and thoughtful dispersal of the things he no longer has space for!

Moshpit, a photo zine published by Hamburger Eyes with photos by Josie Ramondetta, 2011. One of the things I picked up while tabling with Temporary Services / Half Letter Press at the amazing L.A. Art Book Fair last weekend.

Moshpit, a photo zine published by Hamburger Eyes with photos by Josie Ramondetta, 2011. One of the things I picked up while tabling with Temporary Services / Half Letter Press at the amazing L.A. Art Book Fair last weekend.