BOOTS-N-BOOZE #4, $18, 8½” x 11”, color print, 42 pgs.

Mar 19, 2024

Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a (non-racist) skinhead in the 1980s in Santa Cruz, California? Did you ever want to know about the beginnings of the Swingin’ Utters? Well, then Boots -N- Booze is for you. Ten different friends from that period came together to produce this comic of stories from their early days. Included are accounts of fights, drunken shenanigans, and how Swingin’ Utters’ Johnny “Peebucks” got his nickname. Although the price might cause some to blush, this zine is a full-sized, color comic publication with a bonus 7” of Swingin’ Utters covering two Cock Sparrer songs. If you’re a fan of the Utters, I think this is probably mandatory to buy. I’ve never been into the band or skinhead life (except for that one year back in the ’90s), so I can’t relate to it as much. But it’s a unique idea, and I find it sweet to see these friends staying connected decades later. –Kurt Morris (

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