BORED, Bill (Editor). WARNING #4 (May/June 1983). Anchorage: Alaska Underground Press, 1983. First Edition. 4to. Stapled wraps. Near fine. 18pp.
Fanzine out of Anchorage, perhaps unsurprisingly billed as “Alaska’s Only Alternative.” Coverage of the local scene, D.O.A., T.S.O.L., Fear (interview), Nina Hagen, etc.
LESTER, Ken (Editor). PUBLIC ENEMY #6 - May 1979. (Vancouver): (Public Enemy), 1979. Folio newsprint wraps. Folded once, as issued. Very good overall. 31pp.
Scare regional rock weekly out of Canada. Cover story on Patti Smith. Other articles on the Jam, D.O.A., and more.
HOLMSTROM, John & Eddy “Legs” McNeil (Editors). PUNK MAGAZINE No. 17 (May/June 1979). New York: Punk Publications Inc., 1979. First Edition. 4to. Stapled color pictorial wraps. Near fine overall. pp.
Last issue of the magazine that (literally) defined a movement. It was PUNK that “codified” (Savage, ENGLAND’S DREAMING 130) and popularized the word “punk.” PUNK’s visual and musical taste sketched out the boundaries of the new aesthetic while its sly attitude because the pose de rigueur of punks around the world. A magazine that influenced as much as reported on the scene it covered, it remains one of the cornerstone documents of the punk movement. This issue features Destroy All Monsters, The Clash, David Johansen, Alice Cooper, plus the usual news, letters and reviews.
HAMANAKA, Vale (Editor). SEARCH & DESTROY No. 7. San Francisco: Search & Destroy, 1978. Folio. Folded newsprint self-wrappers. Very good minus. Mildly toned with some edge-wear. Else clean and sound.
Seventh issue of this seminal Bay Area punk zine founded by Vale Hamanaka while working at City Lights Bookstore and originally funded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. This issue features John Waters (on Pink Flamingos), Patti Smith, Clash, Roky Erickson, Screamers, Cabaret Voltaire, a report from the Cleveland scene, etc.
[NAYLOR, Liz and Cath Carroll - Editors]. CITY FUN - “August” [Vol. 3, No. 7 - July 28th, 1983]. (Salford) [Manchester]: City Fun Magazine, . 4to. Loose folded self-wrappers. 15pp.
Late issue under the tenure of Naylor and Carroll of this hugely influential Manchester-centric post-punk zine. An indispensable reference for the Manchester scene and the bands and labels that grew around it: Joy Division and New Order, The Smiths and The Fall, Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub, etc. John Peel called City Fun the most important zine of the period and former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam has written:
‘City Fun’ was breaking the classic fanzine formula, just as post-punk music itself sought to break beyond punk formulas. ‘City Fun’ was never just about the music, and, under Naylor and Carroll it increasingly moved its gaze away from the local music scene, always looking at the bigger cultural landscape. Covering film, politics, and sexism, plus insightful psychogeography and anti-James Anderton diatribes, in many ways from its mid-period onwards, it had more in common with the underground press of the early 1970s (eg ‘Mole Express’) than it did with ‘Sniffin’ Glue.’ (http://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/cityfun/)
This issue includes news and features on Lord Buckley, Telstar, Mike Sweeney, and interview on The Hacienda (plus full-page ad for same on rear cover). Issues have become quite scarce. OCLC finds only one location (British Library).
SOILANT #4 (Jan. 1981). (Zurich): Soilant, 1981. First Edition. 4to. Stapled self-wraps. Photo offset printed.
Fourth issue of this rare Swiss punk zine that ran just five issues. Reports from the punk scenes in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, etc. Crass, Ayatollahs, Cockey Rejects, among many others.
SINCLAIR, Diane Karen (Editor). COOLEST RETARD - Dec. ‘80. (Chicago): (Coolest Retard), (1980). First Edition. 4to. Side-stapled stiff original color wraps over photocopied contents. Unpaginated.
Seminal Chicago punk zine. XTC, Bauhaus, The Slits, a history and discography of Chicago Records, etc. Scarce.
SAMIOF, Steven and Melanie Missen (Editors). SLASH - Volume 1, Number 2 (June 1977). Los Angeles: Slash, 1977. First Edition. Folio newsprint self-wrappers. pp.
Second issue of the seminal Los Angeles punk zine (which eventually gave rise to Slash Records). Feature interview with The Weirdos. LP and 45 reviews. Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood photo spread. Cover image of John Denny of The Weirdos.
[SMITH, Patti]. BERRY, Nanalee (Editor). DE L’AME POUR L’AME: The Patti Smith Fan Club Journal #6 - July 1978. [Richmond Center, WI]: (The Patti Smith Fan Club), (1978). First Edition. 4to. 8.5” x 11” side-stapled wraps. Photo-offset duplicated. Near fine in original mailing envelope (very good condition). pp.
Important fanzine published in Wisconsin by Nanalee Berry with help from Patti’s mom Beverly, DE L’AME POUR L’AME, the official newsletter of the Patti Smith Fan Club, ran eight issues from 1976-1980. Includes numerous photos of Smith (as baby, in performance, etc.), members of her band and circle (Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral), as well as club members with same. Also: essay by Smith on Bob Dylan, various interviews, a reproduction of a letter from Smith to her parents, Smith’s art and poetry, a “collector’s discography,” and more. Issues are scarce and remain an important primary source for many of Smith’s writings, which often have not been reprinted elsewhere.
FRAUENFELDER, Mark (Editor). BOING BOING - Issue 1 (8/89). Boulder, CO: Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing, 1989. First Edition. 4to. Very good or better in original stapled wraps, with pink illustrated element glued to cover (as issued).
Debut issue of arguably the most important zine to emerge from the movement. Frauenfelder’s BOING BOING was — along with MONDO 2000 — instrumental in the establishment of the cyberpunk aesthetic that would dominate the early emergence of internet culture, though with a more catholic interests. The cover of this first issue captures their signature approach: “Energized Fun! […] Comics, Cyberpunk, Brain Toys, Nanotech.” The journal would eventually evolve into a web-only publication and was among the earliest blogs on the internet. Today BOING BOING remains one of the most trafficked and influential websites anywhere, one whose posts often dictate the direction of online discourse. The original zine itself would run just fifteen issues (1988-1997), with later numbers being professionally produced and attaining a respectable circulation and distribution. Early issues, however, remain scarce and according to the editor “had print runs in the low hundreds.” The first issue “was printed in 1989, and only 100 copies were made. Now […] I doubt more than 10 copies remain on the face of the Earth.”
STARK, James. AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO PUNK SCENE [Cover Title] / SAN FRANCISCO’S ROCK ‘N ROLL SCENE [Title Page]. [San Francisco]: (Kuntsler Bundt A.G.), (1978). First Edition. 4to. side-stapled wraps. Photocopied and printed rectos only. Near fine. Limited edition, one of 200 copies hand-numbered and signed by the photographer, this #137. pp. Near fine. Wraps.
What Roberta Bailey was to the NYC punk scene, or Edward Colver to L.A., or Cynthia Connolly to D.C., James Stark was to San Francisco. Though almost generation older than many of the punks he photographed, Stark realized the importance of the burgeoning movement and quickly became its most important chronicler. He was a contributing photographer to Search & Destroy, the seminal SF punk zine, and he designed the iconic gig posters for the band Crime, the groundbreaking Bay Area outfit. Stark also served as something of the band’s official photographer, as evidenced by the frquency of various band member’s appearances in this book. A simple production (uncaptioned B&W images in a photocopied edition of just 200), AN INSIDE LOOK nonetheless perfectly captures the attitude and style of early punk and is an important primary document of its West Coast incarnation.