Joshua Glenn himself is writing a 25-part history of zines for HiLobrow.com.
In his latest chapter, he covers the punk zine scene, which is the one I first became familiar with.
Punk’s cheap and dirty DIY ethos was the perfect match for the zine format.
In this pre-internet age, fans made zines, spread the word about their favorite punk bands, and tried their hand at being creators in their own right.
Some argue that the very name “punk” came from the eponymous NYC zine, first published in 1976.
Mick Jones probably has a copy or two in his “museum.”
The former Clash guitarist has collected rock and roll ephemera since his teens.
(By the way: reproductions of the most famous Clash fanzine, Armagideon Times, will be included in the band’s forthcoming box set; fittingly for a bunch of former art school students, the set will also come with a “Special Edition” of AT, “curated and designed” by the band’s surviving members themselves.)
The first time Mick Jones put his stuff on public display in 2009, he, er, clashed with the gallery curator, who wanted to protect the priceless collection.
Instead, Jones demonstrated that he hadn’t lost his punk attitude:
[Jones] wants visitors to be able to “engage with” his exhibits, to take videos down from the shelves, to leaf through books, and so on.
“Am I worried that people will half-inch [Cockney rhyming slang: “half-inch” = “pinch,” i.e. “steal”] things? I don’t want that, obviously. I think, if you do that, shame on you. But if it ends up as a free-for-all, so be it.
The thing is, this stuff is not for sale. This is to look at and enjoy.”