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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 discuss

  • the onset of punk,
  • the birth of Jamming and why John Matthews declined a role
  • first gigs at The Marquee on Wardour Street
  • a shared love of The Jam
  • Jamming's eclectic tastes - including The Fall, Scritti Politti, Killing Joke and more
  • attending the Setting Sons recording sessions
  • Apocalypse
  • selling fanzines at gigs
  • being taught 'Teenage Kicks' on guitar by The Undertones
  • the violence surrounding the tribalism of the late 1970s
  • the influence of John Peel
  • fave gig memories
  • and why those years mattered so much and why they are all still friends


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:

TonyFletcher.net

OmnibusPress.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 at

https://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcast

Instagram.com/LeagleAlien

twitter.com/TonyFletcher


John Matthews maintains a regularly updated Spotify playlist entitled Latest Shit

His Instagram is @john_matthews

Jeni de Haart can be found on social media as @jenifusion


 

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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
10/21/2021

Ep. 3: Image as Virus with Joly of Better Badges

Ep. 3
Between 1976-82, Joly MacFie printed some 40,000,000 badges (pins, in the USA) related to music culture. Along the way his company Better Badges grew from one-man garage operation to a sizeable small business that also printed and distributed dozens of fanzines. That connection started in spring of 1979 when Tony Fletcher stopped hoping for an ad for the 7th issue of Jamming. Joly, having just acquired a brand new table-top litho machine, offered to print Jamming at cost as 'guinea pig'. Joly and Tony's relationship flourished almost all the way to when Better Badges imploded, due to the usual cash flow problems brought on by a rapidly expanding business. Since the late 1980s, Joly and Tony have both lived in New York State, and in September 2021, they reconnected in the Catskill mountains. Tony brought Joly a copy of The Best of Jamming! book and the two sat down to relive the story of Better Badges. The edited conversation includes:the role of hippies like Joly in the punk movementthe free festival scene and influence of the Pink Faeries and HawkwindJoly's conversion to punk alongside Joe Strummerthe appeal of the button badge and Joly's slogan: Image as VirusWhy 2-Tone pushed Better Badges towards fanzinesHow Joly Division manager Rob Gretton convinced Better Badges to not pay royaltiesthe six issues of Jamming printed at BB's Portobello Road headquartersthe end of Jamming! and the demise of Better BadgesJoly’s exploits in the States as concert promoter with Golden Voice, TV producer with Snub TV, PunkCast video documentarian, and, again, pin printer.Joly MacFie can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joly.macfieHis work can be found at http://punkcast.com/The Old Punk Rock Badges Fanatics Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/37808373885An article by Joly MacFie about Better Badges is at https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/521/429 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 in the UK/EU; Dec 2 in the rest of the world.More info and online purchasing options at:TonyFletcher.netOmnibusPress.com 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved.Editing assistance and logo by Greg Morton.The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast website can be found athttps://shows.acast.com/the-jamming-fanzine-podcastSocial media atInstagram.com/LeagleAlientwitter.com/TonyFletcher