MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL No. 41, October 1986. A cover scan from the archives for your 4th of July.
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A two-page spread from Rebel Girl ‘zine, published in Walnut Creek, California, which asks the excellent question: “Why haven’t there been any women straight edge bands?” Undated but circa 1996. This ‘zine was a gift from Dale Johnson who currently publishes Bacon in the Beans.
A poll asking “What bands give you the most goosebumps?” scanned from a circa 1990 issue of Truant 'zine, published in Memphis, TN. This 'zine was a gift from Dale Johnson who currently publishes Bacon in the Beans.
The latest issue of Bookshelf, a ‘zine by my pal Lisa Anne Auerbach, who was nice enough to mail me a copy after I didn’t take one from her during Whitney Biennial exhibition opening because I knew I’d destroy it if I carried it around all evening. As in the first issue, Lisa takes stock of her library while on the verge of moving and writes notes about her books, deciding whether she wants to keep them or not. There is also a great series of color pages that reproduce different odds and ends that Lisa found tucked inside her books, which range from letters and postcards to religious tracts, money, and a picture of Lisa with Ron Jeremy.
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.
Optophobia ‘zine, number 5, 1989. Published in Pewaukee, WI. I’m digging back into my underground music ‘zine archives again as I try to get my basement in better order. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.