Wednesday, 31 October 2012

White Stuff #1 - Patti Smith

Today's post is a scan of a copy of the first issue Sandy Robertson's Patti Smith zine 'White Stuff'.. This is one that went for £369 on EBay and got me ranting recently.. Have a look and see if you think it's worth that.. print the PDF and have your own copy for free.  (I think it was printed on light blue paper..if you want to be authentic!)  My copy was photocopied for me by a friend and I've cleaned up the grey tone from the coloured paper.

Anyway, what you get is a nice zine... 7 pages on Patti, interestingly cut up and stuck together, plus a page on Lou Reed, a few singles review and a page on the Pistols Anarchy in the UK 45.  Not sure it's worth £369 tho'!

I'd be interested to know what people think of the way punk artifacts are becoming museum pieces.. Who is forking out all the money for the old zines, posters, flyers and records these days?  Is it old punks reclaiming their lost youth (something I'm occasionally guilty of!), younger fans who wish they'd been there, lottery winners??  Granted 1977 was a long time ago now and this stuff is pretty cool but I just feel photocopied fanzines were supposed to go against the whole priceless collectors item thing.  Whatcha think?

Download White Stuff #1

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Cliche #1

First in my fight back against the madness.. here's a great issue of Cliche from the summer of '77.  Gig reviews of the Clash at the Rainbow, the Ramones, the Jam, Heartbreakers, the Banshees plus singles reviews.  It's brief but packed with quality and looks nice too.. By a guy called Tim in Harlow, Essex.

Download Cliche #1:

Punk fanzine insanity... £250+ for a photocopied zine is wrong!

I'm just watching some EBay auctions for old White Stuff zines and it's madness..  I've not had any time to post zines but after watching EBay prices for old zines go through the ceiling it's definitely time to start posting them again.  The posts will be brief as I'm still stretched for time but I'll stick some good stuff up.  I hope in sharing my zines for free maybe I can stop a few crazies spending so much and pushing the prices up too far for the rest of us to ever afford to add to our collections.