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The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast

Conversations around The Fanzine That Grew Up, 1977-86.

Welcome to the Jamming! Fanzine podcast. In late 1977, as a schoolkid in South London inspired by the DIY culture of punk, I started a music ‘zine. Over the following decade, Jamming! would grow to become a major fanzine
Latest Episode2/17/2022

Ep. 10: Series 1 Finale with James Endeacott & Tony Fletcher

We close out the first Series/Season of the Jamming! Fanzine Podcast with an interview conducted by James Endeacott, for Soho Radio's Morning Glory show, with Jamming! founder Tony Fletcher. The conversation traces the full story of the fanzine that grew up, from schoolboy beginnings to corporate break up. Between them, they discuss The Clash, The Jam, the DIY Records Scene, fanzines, regionalism, Crass, reggae, Smiley Culture, the Rezillos, the Undertones, Billy Bragg, the Dead Kennedys, R.E.M., Robert Wyatt, The Smiths, The Fall, politics, poetry, synth pop, and much much more. James is a former member of Loop, a former A&R Director with Rough Trade, and author of his own memoir The Tall Short Stories of James Endeacott, published by Rough Trade Books.Tony Fletcher will be appearing at the following cities to discuss THE BEST OF JAMMING! SELECTIONS & STORIES FROM THE FANZINE THAT GREW UP 1977-1986.Weds Feb 23rd, LONDON, CAMDEN TOWN ROCK n' 'ROLL BOOK CLUB, in conversation with Tony GleedThurs Feb 24th, BRIGHTON, RIALTO THEATRE, in conversation with Guy PrattFri FEB 25th, HASTINGS ELECTRIC PALACE CINEMA, in conversation with DJ Wendy May following a screening of the movie ROUGH CUT & READY DUBBED.Tues Mar 29th, NEW YORK CITY, BOWERY ELECTRIC, in conversation with John Schaefer.For more information on all of these events, including times and ticket prices, visit https://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/eventsJames Endeacott can be found at https://twitter.com/jamesendeacottTony Fletcher can be found at https://tonyfletcher.net/The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
2/17/2022

Ep. 10: Series 1 Finale with James Endeacott & Tony Fletcher

We close out the first Series/Season of the Jamming! Fanzine Podcast with an interview conducted by James Endeacott, for Soho Radio's Morning Glory show, with Jamming! founder Tony Fletcher. The conversation traces the full story of the fanzine that grew up, from schoolboy beginnings to corporate break up. Between them, they discuss The Clash, The Jam, the DIY Records Scene, fanzines, regionalism, Crass, reggae, Smiley Culture, the Rezillos, the Undertones, Billy Bragg, the Dead Kennedys, R.E.M., Robert Wyatt, The Smiths, The Fall, politics, poetry, synth pop, and much much more. James is a former member of Loop, a former A&R Director with Rough Trade, and author of his own memoir The Tall Short Stories of James Endeacott, published by Rough Trade Books.Tony Fletcher will be appearing at the following cities to discuss THE BEST OF JAMMING! SELECTIONS & STORIES FROM THE FANZINE THAT GREW UP 1977-1986.Weds Feb 23rd, LONDON, CAMDEN TOWN ROCK n' 'ROLL BOOK CLUB, in conversation with Tony GleedThurs Feb 24th, BRIGHTON, RIALTO THEATRE, in conversation with Guy PrattFri FEB 25th, HASTINGS ELECTRIC PALACE CINEMA, in conversation with DJ Wendy May following a screening of the movie ROUGH CUT & READY DUBBED.Tues Mar 29th, NEW YORK CITY, BOWERY ELECTRIC, in conversation with John Schaefer.For more information on all of these events, including times and ticket prices, visit https://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/eventsJames Endeacott can be found at https://twitter.com/jamesendeacottTony Fletcher can be found at https://tonyfletcher.net/The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
2/3/2022

Ep. 9: Jamming! Records with Rudi, Zeitgeist & Apocalypse

Ep. 9
In the middle of 1981, Jamming! expanded from fanzine to record label. Between that summer and the end of 1982, Jamming! Records released five singles, all of them independent chart hits: two from the band Rudi, three from Zeitgeist, and one by Apocalypse. For this episode of the Jamming! Fanzine Podcast, we have one member from each of those groups: Brian Young from Rudi, Peter “Jaffo” Jervis from Zeitgeist, and Tony Fletcher from Apocalypse (and yes, from Jamming! Records too). The conversation revolves primarily around Rudi and Zeitgeist, about how the groups dealt with being based in the far corners of the British Isles, about the attractions – or not - of moving to London, and about what their experience was like releasing records on an independent label run by a 17-18 year old kid, but financed by a major pop-rock star, that being Paul Weller. Rudi were the first group on Good Vibrations Records out of Belfast, and Brian talks about that label, fellow Northern Irish groups like The Outcasts, The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers, and of touring with The Jam and appearing on the TV show Something Else.Zeitgeist hailed from Cornwall, and came to Jamming! after a couple of singles on Human Records. Jaffo talks about their cover version of The Temptations' Motown classic 'Ball of Confusion', of working with Dale 'Buffin' Griffin and Overend Watts from Mott the Hoople, and how their last single, 'Over Again', ended up being a collector's item. Apocalypse were from London, and released the single 'Teddy' in two versions, one producer by Paul Weller, the other by Griffin and Watts. You will hear snippets from all five Jamming! releases across the course of this show.Brian Young is at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100023024891685. His group The Sabrejets are at https://www.facebook.com/thesabrejetsPeter Jervis can be found at https://www.instagram.com/therealjaffo/ and his radio show can be heard at www.mixcloud.com/bluesandgroovesTony Fletcher can be found at www.tonyfletcher.net and https://www.instagram.com/leaglealien/The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressOmnibusPress.com For details about the book events mentioned on this episode visithttps://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/events'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
1/13/2022

Ep. 8: Tales from the Trenches

Tony Fletcher reunites with Bruce Dessau, Ross Fortune and Paul Davies, each of whom wrote extensively for Jamming! during its commercial heyday, 1984-85, and each of whom went on to further careers in journalism. As much as this is a talk specific to Jamming! magazine, it is very much a conversation about the music and media culture of the time - about how easy it once was to access the artists, about a time when publicists were friends with journalists, a time when alcoholic lubrication was considered par for the course, and about the blurred line between the interviewer and interviewee that resulted, to the point that Bruce Dessau recalls filling in for The Jesus & Mary Chain onstage while ostensibly covering them for Jamming! Other tales from the trenches involve interviews with:Joe StrummerPauline BlackMick JonesTony ParsonsRobert SmithMike PetersRoddy Frame…Plus recollections about editorial meetings by payphone, editorial commissions by snail mail, editorial copy delivered via British Rail, and the time the postman folded a Lloyd Cole LP in half so it would fit through Ross’s letterbox. There is also the time that the Virgin Press Office brought The Pale Fountains to his hospital bed rather than pass up the opportunity of a feature in Jamming!The three also discuss their subsequent careers at Time Out, City Limits, and Q magazines, Bruce Dessau’s migration into the world of comedy journalism, and Ross Fortune’s migration to Texas, where he now runs a saloon and is hard at work on three separate books.Bruce Dessau is editor of www.beyondthejoke.co.uk Ross Fortune can be found running www.thephoenixsaloon.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thephoenixsaloonPaul Davies is at twitter.com/longtimelurkerUp Yours is at https://bit.ly/3K4GOwilMike Peters interview on One Step Beyond podcast is at:https://shows.acast.com/onestepbeyond/episodes/ep-27-love-hope-strength-with-mike-petersFor details about the book events mentioned on this episode visithttps://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/eventsThe Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressTonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
12/16/2021

Ep. 7: The Importance of Being Virgin

Ep. 7
Tony Fletcher reunites with musician/composer Jim ‘JG’ Thirlwell, DJ Wendy May, and Dimple Records boss Brian O’Neill, all of whom he first met in the late 1970s when they bought copies of Jamming! off him while they were working behind the counter at the Virgin shops in Oxford Walk, Notting Hill Gate, and Marble Arch respectively. During that thriving post-punk period the entire Virgin chain served as a needed middle ground between the pioneering independents like Rough Trade, Probe and Revolver, and mainstream high street shops WH Smiths and Woolworths. Without the autonomy Virgin granted its record buyers, a lot of independent labels, emerging bands and street fanzines would not have enjoyed such a wide profile. In this conversation, the four discuss the role of the record shop during that period, the freedom the staff enjoyed at Virgin, and offer specific anecdotes and reminiscences about serving the likes of Elvis Costello, Boy George, Paul Simonon, David Coverdale and more. Additionally, Jim recalls how an encounter with a customer helped point him on a different creative musical path, Wendy talks of how she ultimately received the classic ultimatum - "it's your job or your band" - and Brian talks of how his love of selling records has inspired him to start a new independent label in his retirement years.JG Thirlwell is at Website http://www.foetus.org https://jgthirlwell.bandcamp.com/https://www.instagram.com/jgthirlwell/ and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100045377091477Wendy May can be found on Instagram and Facebook.Brian O'Neill's label Dimple Discs is at https://dimplediscs.bandcamp.com/ His Microdisney documentary project is https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/microdisney-filmFor details about the book events mentioned on this episode visithttps://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/eventsThe Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressTonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
12/2/2021

Ep. 6: Morrissey, Frankie, Natalie & Bronski

Ep. 6
Chris Heath is a writer for The Atlantic, GQ and Vanity Fair, and author of several books. Russell Young is a visual artist with a background in music photography, sleeve design and video directing. Both got their professional start with Jamming! in the early 1980s.Thirty-five years after its demise, Russell and Chris joined Jamming!’s former publisher/editor Tony Fletcher in New York City, where all three have lived at one time or another, for a long-overdue reunion. The trio sat down with the new book, The Best of Jamming!, and various back issues, to discuss their favorite articles and photo sessions, exchange anecdotes, and consider what they learned in the scrappy fanzine days of Jamming! that helped them hone their craft as professionals.Topics covered include:Photographing the Genius That Is MorrisseyChris on the infamous Frankie Goes To Hollywood incidentGeorge Best the BullfighterNatalie Merchant's all-in personalityBronski Beat's pioneering sexual personaThe camaraderie at Jamming!How shooting covers for Lloyd Cole & Cocteau Twins led Russell Young to George Michael & the Faith album coverChris on the 'normality' of visiting George Michael's house for teaInterviewing/photographing Virginia Astley, Inca Babies, Andy White, UB40, Everything But The Girl and more.Why Russell, Tony & Chris all moved to the USA.EVENTSTony Fletcher will be appearing to discuss The Best of Jamming!: Selections & Stories From the Fanzine that Grew Up 1977-86 at the following events:Saturday Dec 11th, 2pm, The Golden Notebook presents at Maria’s in Bearsville/Woodstock NYIn conversation with author and Chronogram Arts Editor, Peter Aaron.Tuesday January 18th, 6pm, Bowery Electric, Manhattan.In conversation with WNYC Soundcheck’s John Schaefer.Wednesday February 23rd, 7:30pm, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club at the Dublin Castle, London.In conversation with RNR Book Club’s Tony Gleed.Friday February 25th, 7.30pm, the Electric Palace, Hastings.Featuring a screening of Rough Cut and Ready Dubbed and a conversation with Wendy May.For more on these events visithttps://tonyfletcher.net/book/the-best-of-jamming/https://www.facebook.com/theTonyFletcher/eventsThe Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus PressTonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
11/18/2021

Ep. 5: The Birth of Creation with Alan McGee

Ep. 5
This episode is a co-production with the Fifty Years of Fun podcast.In Jamming! 13, published in the spring of 1982, a 17-yr old Tony Fletcher wrote an editorial called ‘A Statement.’ Among those to read it was Alan McGee, new to London from Glasgow at the time, who was inspired to start a fanzine and a club night and a label all of his own. That label was Creation Records, home to The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis, to name but four. Along the way Alan would become a figurehead of the 1990s British music scene, and was recently the subject matter of a movie named for his autobiography, Creation Stories, produced by Danny Boyle, directed by Nick Moran, and co-written by Irvine Welsh.Tony Fletcher interviewed Alan McGee for The Best of Jamming!, and you will hear their conversation in this episode.Before that, courtesy of the podcast Fifty Years of Fun, which is producing an episode for each of the first 50 singles released on Creation, you will hear 'A Statement' read by Californian singer-songwriter Rose Melberg. Rose is a former member of the bands Tiger Trap, The Softies and Go Sailor and an established artist in her own right.And, following the interview with McGee, you will hear Matt Roberts and Scott Miller, from Fifty Years of Fun, interview Tony Fletcher about 'A Statement', its influence on McGee, and about the story of Jamming! and the culture of those times.Thanks to Fifty Years Of Fun for permission to use their material. You can find the full interview with Tony Fletcher on Episode 1 and all other episodes at https://anchor.fm/fiftyyearsoffun. Their Instagram feed is https://www.instagram.com/fiftyyearsoffun/Alan McGee is at https://www.instagram.com/alanmcgee93/The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available from Sep 23 '21 in the UK/EU; Dec 2 in the rest of the world.TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast
11/4/2021

Ep. 4: The Politics of Fanzines

Ep. 4
Tony Fletcher hosts a conversation with three fellow former fanzine editors and Jamming! contributors, Tim Kelly (Revolutionary Suicide/Fanzine of Noise), Janine Booth (Blaze) and Richard Edwards (Cool Notes). Janine and Richard were also active in the 'Ranting Poetry' scene of the 1980s, while Tim toured with D.I.R.T., and played in Flux of Pink Indians and was part of the One Little Indian label that emerged from that band.Their discussion about 1980s alternative culture, conducted across three continents, covers:politics and poetry,fanzines and football,soul music and sexism,animal rights and anarchy,rock, racism, reggae and Red Wedge. In other words, very much like the contents of a mid-80s issue of Jamming!Some specific highlights:Tim Kelly talks about touring Northern Ireland at the height of the 'Troubles' with Crass and D.I.R.T.,Janine talks about being one of the few female fanzine editors of the era, the dark side of which she recounts in the poem 'Lighting Rigged',Richard Edwards talks about confronting Steel Pulse's anti-gay sentiments in an interview for Jamming!, noting that diversity does not always come with equality.And, all four discuss how the values they acquired in the 1980s have stayed throughout their adulthood - and how, despite occasional major setbacks, we have witnessed considerable social progress in our time.Janine Booth is at:www.janinebooth.comwww.youtube.com/janineboothRichard Edwards contributes regularly to:https://www.soul-source.co.uk/Tim Kelly is at https://www.facebook.com/tim.kelly.7330Tony Fletcher's One Step Beyond podcast on Equal Playing Field:https://shows.acast.com/onestepbeyond/episodes/ep-28-equal-playing-field-first-halfhttps://shows.acast.com/onestepbeyond/episodes/ep-29-equal-playing-field-second-halfThe Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available as of Sep 23 '21 in the UK/EU; Dec 2 in the rest of the world.TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Editing assistance and art by Greg Morton.https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast