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The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast

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

Welcome to the Jamming! Fanzine podcast, with yours truly, Tony Fletcher. In late 1977, as a schoolkid in South London inspired by the DIY culture of punk, I started a music ‘zine. I had no long-term plan, and certainly
Latest Episode10/7/2021

Ep. 2: Mods and Sods with Mark Bedford, Guy Pratt and Buddy Ascott

Ep. 2
For this episode, we spin back to 1979, for a lively and laughter-filled conversation with two famous bass players and a drummer: Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of Madness, Guy Pratt (then of Speedball) and Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott (then of The Chords). Together they discuss:the fashion forces that inspired that year’s mod and skinhead revivals;why the former musical movement fizzled out but the latter one gave us the lasting music of 2-Tone Recordsthe influence of punk and the freedom it inspiredwhy the music you listened to in that era defined the clothes that you wore and why gig-going was so dangerousgetting into and playing in pub venues under agethe role of fanzines in that tribal eraMark Bedford becoming a pop star at 17 and the Madness biographical movie Take It Or Leave Itmemories of meeting what was then a 15-year old fanzine scribe and why it mattered to get coverage in Jamming! Guy Pratt's memoir 'My Bass And Other Animals' and Tony Fletcher's memoir 'Boy About Town'Mark Bedford's The Near Jazz Experience can be found at https://thenje.bandcamp.com/His social is https://twitter.com/I_be_MarkBGuy Pratt will be touring soon with Saucerful of Secrets https://www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com/Guy Pratt co-hosts the Rockonteurs podcast with Gary Kemp which can be found at https://www.rockonteurs.com/His official Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/guy.pratt.officialBuddy Ascott is currently on tour with The 1979ers and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/brett.b.ascott. The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available now from all good book shops in the UK/EU, and Dec 2 in the rest of the world.More information and online purchasing options at:TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved.The logo is by Greg Morton, who also assisted with editing.The Best of Jamming! book cover was designed by Martin Stiff.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast website can be found athttps://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcastSocial media updates atInstagram.com/LeagleAlientwitter.com/TonyFletcher
10/7/2021

Ep. 2: Mods and Sods with Mark Bedford, Guy Pratt and Buddy Ascott

Ep. 2
For this episode, we spin back to 1979, for a lively and laughter-filled conversation with two famous bass players and a drummer: Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of Madness, Guy Pratt (then of Speedball) and Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott (then of The Chords). Together they discuss:the fashion forces that inspired that year’s mod and skinhead revivals;why the former musical movement fizzled out but the latter one gave us the lasting music of 2-Tone Recordsthe influence of punk and the freedom it inspiredwhy the music you listened to in that era defined the clothes that you wore and why gig-going was so dangerousgetting into and playing in pub venues under agethe role of fanzines in that tribal eraMark Bedford becoming a pop star at 17 and the Madness biographical movie Take It Or Leave Itmemories of meeting what was then a 15-year old fanzine scribe and why it mattered to get coverage in Jamming! Guy Pratt's memoir 'My Bass And Other Animals' and Tony Fletcher's memoir 'Boy About Town'Mark Bedford's The Near Jazz Experience can be found at https://thenje.bandcamp.com/His social is https://twitter.com/I_be_MarkBGuy Pratt will be touring soon with Saucerful of Secrets https://www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com/Guy Pratt co-hosts the Rockonteurs podcast with Gary Kemp which can be found at https://www.rockonteurs.com/His official Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/guy.pratt.officialBuddy Ascott is currently on tour with The 1979ers and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/brett.b.ascott. The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available now from all good book shops in the UK/EU, and Dec 2 in the rest of the world.More information and online purchasing options at:TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved.The logo is by Greg Morton, who also assisted with editing.The Best of Jamming! book cover was designed by Martin Stiff.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast website can be found athttps://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcastSocial media updates atInstagram.com/LeagleAlientwitter.com/TonyFletcher
9/23/2021

Ep. 1: From Classroom To Clubs

Ep. 1
For this debut episode of The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast, Tony Fletcher connects with three old friends who all played an important part in the Jamming! school days, and each of whom wrote an introductory piece for The Best of Jamming! book. They are Richard Heard, Jeni de Haart and John Matthews, and over the course of a lively group call, they discussthe onset of punk,the birth of Jamming and why John Matthews declined a rolefirst gigs at The Marquee on Wardour Streeta shared love of The JamJamming's eclectic tastes - including The Fall, Scritti Politti, Killing Joke and moreattending the Setting Sons recording sessionsApocalypseselling fanzines at gigsbeing taught 'Teenage Kicks' on guitar by The Undertonesthe violence surrounding the tribalism of the late 1970sthe influence of John Peelfave gig memoriesand why those years mattered so much and why they are all still friendsThe Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available from all good book shops.on Sep 23 in the UK/EU, and Dec 2 in the rest of the world.More information and online purchasing options available at:TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast logo was designed by Greg Morton, who also assisted with editing.The Best of Jamming! book cover was designed by Martin Stiff.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast website can be found athttps://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcastInstagram.com/LeagleAlientwitter.com/TonyFletcherJohn Matthews maintains a regularly updated Spotify playlist entitled Latest ShitHis Instagram is @john_matthewsJeni de Haart can be found on social media as @jenifusion
9/15/2021

Introducing... The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast

Welcome to the Jamming! Fanzine podcast hosted by Tony Fletcher. In late 1977, as a schoolkid in South London inspired by the DIY culture of punk, I started a music ‘zine. I had no long-term plan, and certainly no idea that over the next decade, Jamming! would grow to become a national, even international, monthly magazine. And I certainly couldn’t have imagined that in 2021, there would be a full-colour book collecting together what we have called The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86.Its packed with reproduced interveiws, articles, photographs and cartoons, includes fresh recollections from those who were part of the Jamming! story, and comes complete with a foreword by Billy Bragg.For the Jamming! Fanzine podcast, I am hosting conversations with some of these former contributors, photographers, musicians, scenesters and schoolfriends, and seeing if we can’t, through the rose-tinted glasses of history, offer some sort of perspective on the heady days of that heavyweight decade. The Jamming ! Fanzine Podcast will drop every other Thursday from September 23, the book’s UK publication date, unless we are late to the proverbial printers or otherwise distracted. Hit subscribe now and we’ll see you on the podcast stand.The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and available from all good book shops.on Sep 23 in the UK/EU, and Dec 2 in the rest of the world.More information and online purchasing options available at:https://tonyfletcher.net/book/the-best-of-jamming/https://omnibuspress.com/products/the-best-of-jamming-published-on-23rd-september-2021'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast logo was designed by Greg Morton, who also assisted with editing.The Best of Jamming! book cover was designed by Martin Stiff.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast website can be found athttps://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast/aboutInstagram.com/LeagleAlientwitter.com/TonyFletcher