Zine Reviews

I SAID THAT VOLUME 1: THE DICKS, $?, 6” x 9”, book, 92 pgs.

This zine is a quick and thorough introduction to Gary Floyd, his music, and his presence as a musical force to be reckoned with.

INFLATABLE CATECHISM, THE, $5, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 16 pgs.

In style and topic it’s all somewhat scattered, but, as the title of the collection may suggest, the theme threaded through many of these poems is faith—its purity, its distortion, its violence.

LOAFING THE DONKEY #78, $4, 7” x 8½”, copied, 48 pgs.

Zines with a heavy regional focus are very much in my wheelhouse. This issue of Loafing The Donkey—which I’ve never seen before, despite its long-running status—fits the bill.

MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #402, $4.99, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 120 pgs.

This issue features Ian MacKaye and archivist Nichole Procopenko on archiving Dischord’s massive collection of punk effluvia.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #403, $4.99, 11” x 8½”, offset, 104 pgs.

Interviews with Subs, Diders, Demerit, and a collection of earlier Chinese scene reports from the MRR archives. Wonderful to see folks still publishing this magazine decades later, and especially pushing non-American stuff.

NEW WAVE CHICKEN #5, $5 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, copied, 72 pgs.

New Wave Chicken is a fanzine loosely focused on chickens and music. The zine chronicles stories in the zine author’s life where a hardcore band or album played a pivotal moment, then an interview with a member of said hardcore band.

NO FRIENDS #4, $6.50, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.

There are some in-depth, worthwhile conversations happening in No Friends. It’s obvious the folks putting this together know what they’re doing.

NOT NECESSARILY THE NEWS #5, $5, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 34 pgs.

This issue of Not Necessarily the News is primarily composed of two interviews with two Ralphs: Ralph Rivera of The Bug and Not Normal Tapes, and Ralph McGreary, an author of fantasy novels…. Jim’s questions are thoughtful and natural, seeming to make each interview into a regular conversation.

PUNK ROCK GLEE CLUB #2, $5.00 or trade, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 64 pgs.

Liz (who works at the venerable and crucial Quimby’s, in Chicago) sings a capella versions of punk songs in the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Friendly and well-conceived throughout, despite an admittedly niche topic.

SCAM #10, 25th Anniversary Issue, $8 ppd., 8 ½” x 11”, offset, 160 pgs.

Erick still writes on gentrification, graffiti, squatting, and police, but the scope of his interviews have widened…. I treat the arrival of this zine like a national holiday, dropping everything to dig in.