The band Negazione’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

The band Negazione’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

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!

Last night I had the opportunity to talk about Public Collectors at rum46 in Århus, Denmark for their lecture series “Making Social Realities with Books.” I spent a lot of time describing the world of underground music ‘zine publishing in the 1980s and early 1990s before the internet and brought a small pile of things from my collection to share. Lots more of this material here.

Last night I had the opportunity to talk about Public Collectors at rum46 in Århus, Denmark for their lecture series “Making Social Realities with Books.” I spent a lot of time describing the world of underground music ‘zine publishing in the 1980s and early 1990s before the internet and brought a small pile of things from my collection to share. Lots more of this material here.

One last bit of Cryptic Slaughter ephemera: another merchandise sheet with a note from their bassist Rob Nicholson. The note about an “int” indicates that I must have asked if I could interview the band for my fanzine. Unfortunately that never materialized. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

One last bit of Cryptic Slaughter ephemera: another merchandise sheet with a note from their bassist Rob Nicholson. The note about an “int” indicates that I must have asked if I could interview the band for my fanzine. Unfortunately that never materialized. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

Endless Struggle #10, Summer 1989, Vancouver BC, Canada. Public Collectors recently received a very generous gift of sixty old, mostly photocopied ‘zines from the collection of Dale Johnson of Bacon in the Beans ‘zine. Dale was (and still is) part of this world in the late 1980s and early 90s when I was also doing an underground music/culture ‘zine called Primary Concern. His donation fills some nice gaps in my own collection from this period. You can find Bacon in the Beans at: PO Box 4912, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.

Endless Struggle #10, Summer 1989, Vancouver BC, Canada. Public Collectors recently received a very generous gift of sixty old, mostly photocopied ‘zines from the collection of Dale Johnson of Bacon in the Beans ‘zine. Dale was (and still is) part of this world in the late 1980s and early 90s when I was also doing an underground music/culture ‘zine called Primary Concern. His donation fills some nice gaps in my own collection from this period. You can find Bacon in the Beans at: PO Box 4912, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.

A reminder that if you’ve never explored it before, you may enjoy the Documentation of the Music Underground, Before the Internet section on the main Public Collectors website. This collection includes lots of PDFs of material that in nearly all cases does not already exist online. Lots of interviews and other goodness, including the Swans interview contained in this 1995 issue of Fear and Loathing. If you have material you’d like to scan and contribute to this collection, please get in touch! As always, you can email me at: marc@publiccollectors.org. 

A reminder that if you’ve never explored it before, you may enjoy the Documentation of the Music Underground, Before the Internet section on the main Public Collectors website. This collection includes lots of PDFs of material that in nearly all cases does not already exist online. Lots of interviews and other goodness, including the Swans interview contained in this 1995 issue of Fear and Loathing. If you have material you’d like to scan and contribute to this collection, please get in touch! As always, you can email me at: marc@publiccollectors.org.