STAY COOL #1: $3, 8½” x 11”, copied, 80 pgs.

I have absolutely no idea how this guy can charge three bucks postage paid for this fanzine, but I urge all of you to go ahead and order it right now. It sounds as if the idea for this zine has been germinating for some time, and for a first issue, it’s a damn nice effort. Fernando’s a smart, enraged, and articulate guy, and Stay Cool manages to embrace hardcore punk and Latino culture while also never coming close to being exclusionary or typecast as solely reliant on either. Interviews with Life’s Halt, El Mariachi, and Faded Grey, recipes for some “rancho,” or rural Mexican cuisine, as well as voluble expositions on race and punk’s potential for change. Photo essays on bands like Crow, Elephant Mace, La Urss, Tear It Up, Pierced Arrows, and more. Fernando closes things out with a list of web and print resources regarding gender, immigration, and education issues. Stay Cool is massive, ambitious, and harkens back, very much so, to the days when fanzines were vehicles for both the political and the personal. Highly recommended. (Fernando, 1925 Ginger St. #222, Oxnard, CA 93036, [email protected])