Something important that I learned from a sign at a swimming pool outside of Philadelphia.
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FREE TNT, (no issue number) 1987. Published by Paul Decolator, Philadelphia, PA. I am gradually creating an inventory of my entire ‘zine collection which mostly focuses primarily on underground music and culture from the 1980s and 1990s. This will eventually be a list with image links for each issue. In the meantime you can see lots more ‘zine covers here.
Talk Is Cheap, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1987. This radical/alternative newspaper was published in Philadelphia. The cover art comments on the then recent bombing by the police of the group M.O.V.E.’s house on Osage Avenue. More cover scans from my collection of ‘zines from the 1980s and 90s here.
While digging through Stephen Perkins’ flyer and poster collections I discovered a mini-collection of materials from Philadelphia that a colleague in that city had saved for him. Among these posters were flyers for some small club shows that I attended when I was a mere teenager in the late 1980s. Here is an oversize flyer for a Gwar, Tad and Serial Killers show that I saw at Revival in Philly (now the bar/eatery National Mechanics). What a total mess that gig was - fake blood, sweat and carnage everywhere in a club that only held about 200 people. You can see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.
Gary Holt from the band Exodus, backstage at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, from their 1987 show with Celtic Frost and Anthrax. I took this photo while I was interviewing the band for my old ‘zine Primary Concern. I wound up getting kicked out early in Celtic Frost’s set by an overzealous bouncer. Extremely disappointing.
Just about finished scanning my collection of flyers from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia from the late 1980s and early 1990s. You can see the archive here. This one for Alice Donut and Trained Attack Dogs is from a show at the defunct club Revival, which is some kind of fancy upscale restaurant or some such nonsense now.