above: pamflet 1 alongside journalist leonie cooper’s 2005 mag revolution (which i contributed to) and other noughties feminist zines. this might be the only time i’ve wished that we had a cover. why don’t we have a cover?
we are honoured that pamflet issue 1 is featured in the LCC’s Teal Triggs’ new book on the history of fanzines. i don’t think that either of us could have ever imagined while scribbling away the pieces that would make it into pamf1 on post-it notes at deadend temp jobs that we would ever be a part – however small – of zine history. COOL.
i couldn’t wait to pick up my copy of fanzines at a D&AD event in Soho last night where Teal had invited Cathy from Arty mag, Alex from Fever Zine, Laura from Savage Messiah and Neil Boorman of Sleazenation and Shoreditch Tw£t to each do a presentation on their publications. I was particularly intrigued by neil’s place on the bill, having collected issues of his hipsterSCN rags [twa>t and sleaze] during their fin de siècle, hate-filled heydays and read his anti-capitalist-breakdown-plimsoll-memoir the bonfire of the brands.
i was glad that i got a comfy seat on the floor as the zinesters crammed through the door on berwick street because neil’s presentation was completely unexpectedly bloody hilarious. he remembered the tw?t [which ran out of 333 on old street as a glorified listings leaflet for the club] as an ‘outpouring of self-hatred’ on the part of its various illustrious contributors who ‘questioned what was cool’ and admitted as his presentation drew to a close that he was glad that they finally ended it around the time of the notorious guardian weekend pastiche issue because: ‘SHOREDITCH TWAT DESERVED TO DIE’. although he claims to be a recovering hipster, neil continues to have excellent hair, shoes and (unbranded) clothes.
hmm anyway, so was shoreditch tw!t, with its blatent ads and barely disguised uber-marketing agenda even a zine? i wondered as i perched on a cushion and flicked through fanzines. in the book – and last night too – teal’s remit as an expert and collector is broad and she’s collated hundreds and hundreds of publications which document subjects as diverse as periods, football, philosophy, pets and american sorority culture to tell the zinestory.
what links all of these pamphlets, manifestos, magazines, leaflets and fanzines, is that they each existed outside the mainstream, speaking for individuals, friends and communities with shared-interests rather than companies and advertisers.
they didn’t need a brief, a house-style or rules.
so fanzines/independently published mags/printed out from yr work PC and photocopied in yr at the weekend then stapled together/punkpublishing/whatever – fanzines made me hope that print is NOT dead yet.