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Ep. 24: The Birth of Jamming! and a Fanzines Update

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In this episode, Tony offers a short update on the Fanzine Podcast's future episodes and some of the activities around the zine scene before using the opportunity of being in the UK for a while to revisit the debut episode of what was then called The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast, "From Classroom To Clubs." The episode was summarised at the time as follows:


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



Meantime, if you're a former fanzine editor interested in contributing to the Guest Ex-Editor project, "The concept is to bring various zine scene alumni out of retirement for one or two pages. Contributors might use their page(s) to revisit memories of their old zine, re-evaluate it, resurrect it (maybe with a modern twist to reflect where life has taken them since), or pilot a brand-new zine idea." Write to Alison via confessionsofanexzineeditor@gmail.com


Zerox Machine: Punk, Post-Punk and Fanzines in Britain 1976-88 available now in the UK from Reaktion Books https://reaktionbooks.co.uk/work/zerox-machine


Matthew Worley's Facebook group Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

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'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.

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