The Music That Immortalised 90s Subculture with electronic technologies

Written by on January 16, 2017

The 90s undoubtedly marked the Golden Age of underground music zines cataloguing subcultural actions. With out an avalanche of Tumblr accounts providing countless data on what your favorite band is carrying, Soundcloud suggestions about who to take heed to subsequent, or Twitter documenting your most-loved guitar participant’s childhood worry, publications such because the pioneering DIY zine Sniffin’ Glue and groupie-focused Star discovered their manner into the keen palms of music followers world wide. To have fun a less complicated time, right here is our rundown of the 5 most iconic underground zines you may not have heard of, and the place you’ll be able to learn them.

Beginning off this record with the OG of all zines, Sniffin’ Glue was the primary publication to chronicle punk from an insider’s perspective. Created within the UK in 1976, proper after editor Mark Perry (who was a financial institution clerk on the time) watched a Ramones live performance, Sniffin’ Glue’s haphazard DIY model, with felt-tip titles, shabby grammar, swear phrases and casual writing paved the way in which for the various punk zines that adopted. Submitting to the motion’s concept of making your individual tradition and rejecting the outdated, it didn’t subscribe to any conventional types of publishing, and in reality was closed down after solely 14 points attributable to worry of changing into included into the mainstream music press. Sadly, it isn’t catalogued on-line – however should you’re London-based, you’ll be able to take a look at the complete archive on the London School of Communication’s zine library.

Thought of scandalous on the time, 1973’s LA-based Star journal was aimed toward teenage women and chronicled the lives of the last decade’s most iconic groupies, from Sable Starr to the hyper-controversial Sundown Strip “child groupies”. With a manifesto that might nearly be referred to as feminist, the primary concern opened riddled with indignant letters from academics and fogeys – one in all them shocked the journal “didn’t come wrapped in plain brown paper” as a porn journal would – to which the editorial workforce answered: “How about letting Arkansas’ women determine about Star?” It even featured a commentator that might’ve come straight from 2016, who acknowledged that males like him don’t like this “Girls’s Lib baloney” that the journal advocates. Referring to their readers as Cunning Girls (additionally a reputation used for child groupies), Star by no means undermined their pheromone-ridden teen readers, and featured loads of photos of a younger Mick Jagger, alongside comedian strips of fantasy eventualities, for instance the place a fan clothes up as glam rock icon Marc Bolan to get backstage. With 5 printed points painstakingly collected and digitalized, you’ll be able to entry the entire archive right here.


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