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Fanzines of the Anarcho-Punk Era 1976-1984

From the Pistols to the Miners’ Strike: Fanzines of the anarcho-punk era 1976-1984
Hosted by Dizzy Ink and Nottingham Contemporary and Notts Zine Library!
27 April 2019 – 11:00-16:00
Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB
Facebook event

Super limited spaces available – email: info@thesparrowsnest.org.uk

In the 1970s, DIY print media met Punk and Anarchism, and the Anarcho-Punk Fanzine was born. The print quality may have been patchy, but the passion and commitment are undeniable. This hands-on workshop explores the politics and the music through zines and a punk soundtrack, courtesy of the Sparrows’ Nest Anarchist Studies Library.

11.00 Welcome and browse zines, books, album covers and posters, with anarcho-punk sound track.

11.30 “The Sparrows Nest”, with Philipp

11.45 “The 1970s and 1980s”, with Mike

12.15 “Anarchism and related alternatives before 1976”, with Claire

12.45 Break and browse, with sound track

13.30 “Punk, Anarcho-Punk and the Fanzine”, with Claire

14.00 Zine Making Activities using Mimeograph

16.00 Close

Fanzine covers - for Kill Your Pet Puppy and New Crimes

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EXITSTENCIL PRESS HAVE now published the eagerly awaited complete collection of International Anthem magazine.

The first issue of International Anthem (a ‘nihilist newspaper for the living’) was put together by Gee Vaucher in 1977-78, when she was living and working in Manhattan, New York, as newly formed punk band Crass began to emerge from the rehearsal space at Dial House.

This soft-bound, full-size collection brings together the full contents of all five issues, including rough early drafts of the never-before-published issue four (‘Ireland’) and issue five (‘War’).

The book includes a brief introduction by Vaucher, and a short scene-setting contextual explanation for each issue (together with a timeline of political events for the year of publication).

The complete International Anthem can be ordered direct from the Exitstencil Press site.

Created from 1978-1982 by Gee Vaucher, International Anthem came into existence as a vehicle for Vaucher’s own work and that of friends who she felt had something worthwhile to share. Amongst others, these included Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and Steve Ignorant… Overall, they represent, and are the realisation of, a dream that Vaucher had carried throughout her early years as a political artist.

International Anthem - collection - Exitstencil Press - cover

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All Around Was Darkness - front cover

THE NEWLY PUBLISHED ANTHOLOGY, And All Around Was Darkness is “the third in the Tales from the Punkside series; a collection of books whose main concern is to provide a space for stories, anecdotes and various other shenanigans by those persons rarely heard – the fans and everyday participants in the punk movement.”

Published by Itchy Monkey Press, the book is A4 size, 288 pages, and full to bursting with essays, reflections, memories, photographs, flyers, poems and drawings. The first edition is a limited run of 100 copies, and can be ordered for £12.00 (plus £3.00 p&p, in the UK) via Paypal. Contact Mike Dines to confirm order and arrange payment.

Greg Bull and Mike Dines (eds.). 2017. All Around Was Darkness. Itchy Monkey Press. ISBN 978-1-291-74025-7


  • Introduction, Mike Dines
  • So You Joined a Band to Change the World, Gregory Bull
  • Recording No Doves/Laughing, Mark Wilson
  • Confessions of a Pre-Teen Punk, Chris Low
  • The Girl in the Band, Kathy Freeman
  • Anarcho-Feminism and Greenham Common, Lucy Robinson
  • Tales From the Ghost Town, Alan Rider
  • “No, It’s a Zine, Not a ‘Fan’ Zine”, Anth Palmer
  • Punk in Norway, Viggo Mastad
  • Should We Help the Miners?, Andy Hardcore
  • Poems, TS Paviour
  • The Mob Touring Finland (2016), Antti Lautala
  • Crass, Graham Burnett
  • Green Anarchist, Graham Burnett
  • Hyper-Active as the Day is Long, Neil Transpontine
  • A Woman in a Male Dominated Industry, Gail Thibert
  • Notes Written on a Tattered Page, Nick Hydra
  • Tales of a Teenage Punk, Andy Owen
  • How Much Longer?, Russ Bestley
  • Increasingly Right Wing, Ted Curtis
  • Fifteen Shades of Grey, Rich Cross
  • When John Met Clem, Rich Cross
  • The Stranger in the Pit, Francis Stewart
  • The Mother of all Soapy Stamp Stories, Phil Hedgehog Tonge
  • Amebix Art, Jonny R
  • Stopping the City – A Micro Memory, Stephen Spencer-Fleet
  • Smash the System, Persons Unknown
  • ‘Running Wild in the Disco’, Mike Dines

All Around Was Darkness - front and back cover

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Matt Grimes seminar - anarcho-punk fanzines - March 2016

Video seminar: Matt Grimes from Birmingham City University presenting his work “From Protest to Resistance”: British anarcho-punk fanzines (1980-1984) as sites of resistance and symbols of defiance
[ http://uontv.uk/?page_id=13 ]

This presentation focuses on the role that alternative publications played in the cultural, political and ideological practices of the British anarcho-punk movement between 1980 and 1984. Matt Grimes explore the way these ‘zines disseminated the central ideas of anarcho-punk and the way that the editors mediated a shifting notion of anarcho-punk. In doing so Grimes seeks to move beyond the simpler notion that ‘zines acted simply as channels of communication, but to the idea that discourses of resistance and defiance are constructed and reinforced through the embodiment and undertaking of ideological work of ‘zine editors as ‘organic intellectuals’ and thus represent cultural work. This raises some interesting questions about the role of ‘zine editors/producers as key agents in articulating the perceived central tenets and identity of a subcultural movement. Where previous studies on ‘zines have alluded to the role of editors little emphasis has been placed on the way that these ‘zine authors take on leadership roles and perceived positions of authority.

Grimes examines how DIY fan production practices, through the articulation of specific and at times oppositional ideological positions contributed to the construction of the musical, cultural and political boundaries of the anarcho-punk movement. Therefore this presentation explores how these discourses of political position, authority and identity were mediated and the sense of an anarcho-punk movement that they constructed.

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Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
14 September 2012, 10:00am – 4 November 2012, 18:00pm
Entrance: free

Someday All The Adults Will Die

Someday All The Adults Will Die

This exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, surveying imagery produced before, during and after the punk years, and drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections.

Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, ‘zines, posters, handbills, records and clothing.

Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom, Raymond Pettibon and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists.

Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage.

A panel discussion, held on 13 September 2012 in the Purcell Room of the Southbank Centre set out to:

explore the provocative graphic art that developed alongside punk rock. Panelists will include Tony Drayton, editor of Ripped & Torn, one of the first UK punk fanzines, and Kill Your Pet Puppy – arguably one of the most aesthetically interesting anarcho-punk fanzines of the ’80s; William Gibson, award winning writer and seminal cyberpunk novelist; John Holmstrom, writer, cartoonist and legendary editor of the iconic Punk magazine; and artist Gee Vaucher, whose record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass in the late 1970s and early ’80s influenced graphics for political protest as well as for music.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, published by Rizzoli. An illustrated extract from the introduction to the book is published on the It’s Nice That site.

The exhibition is previewed in The Guardian (13 September); and reviewed on the Port Magazine web site (14 September).

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Under The Pavement presents: Anarcho Punk Fair and Under The Pavement Tenth Birthday Party (with vegan cakes and vegan beer!)

Saturday 16 June 2012 – 12.00noon until 7.00pm
The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN
Free entry

Upstairs, the programme includes screenings of She’s A Punk Rocker (film and discussion); The Day The Country Died and the Bullshit Detector Documentary (initial 15 minute cut); Downstairs, are stalls from the Under The Pavement Radio Show; TNS Records; Infiltrate the System Records; and others. Live performances from Andy T and The Sanity Clause.

The full programme can be reviewed on the Under The Pavement blog.

Follow Anarcho Punk Fair on Twitter @punkfair

Event page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/288359251253409/

Want a stall (it’s free!), show a film or do a talk? Then email david@underthepavement.org

Anarcho-Punk-Fair - 2012

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An exhibition of fanzines presented Crass between 1976 and 1984 (‘In all our decadence people die’) ran in the New York Boo-Hooray gallery between 30 September and 20 October. The exhibition featured numerous zines, along with original Crass-era artworks by Gee Vaucher and a new audio installation by Penny Rimbaud.

The Boo-Hooray exhibit space is happy to present an exhibition of fanzines and ephemera collected at Dial House, home to the English anarchist punk band Crass, active from 1977-1984. The public and private political stance of Crass was without peer or compromise. Their influence on the lives of misfits, belongers, winners, losers, straights and visionaries across the globe reverberates to this day.

Dial House has been running as a creative centre since the late 1960’s and was instigated by the poet, philosopher and Crass drummer/lyricist, Penny Rimbaud. The Crass/Dial House fanzine archive, saved by Gee Vaucher, consists of approximately 3000 fanzines, broadsides, pamphlets and flyers, as well as posters, manuscript and original artwork. The materials were sent or given to the anarcho-punk group Crass during the years 1977 to 1984 from all over the world. The archive also includes later publications mailed to Dial House during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The show illustrates and demonstrates the immediacy and potency of these grassroots activist punk artworks from an era which was pre-computer and, in some cases, pre-xerox. In addition, related original artworks by Gee from her ground-breaking “nihilist newspaper for the living,” International Anthem, are also included.

In all our decadence - fanzine exhibition

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