Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Heresy in Headrot Zine, Issue 3

So as my pen-pal and legendary zinester Mel Direct Hit is on the hunt for old Heresy and Depraved photos, I'd thought I'd post this. Can't be arsed to scan the whole zine at the moment, here's the last five pages which feature a rather long and in-depth interview with cult UK thrashers Heresy. From the line up featured in the interview, the zine must have come out around 1987/1988. If anyone has a copy of "Thanks!" they wanna trade, I'm your man!

I hope you enjoy, if you can read the super small type font. Headrot was an A4 zine from Bath, Avon, published in the late 1980s. I believe 4 issues were produced. I could be wrong through.

Future Now! Zine, Issue 1

1987, UK, 32 Pages.


A rare treat for you here, the UK version of Maximum Rock and Roll! OK, well it's not actually a UK version of Maximum RnR, but back in the day this is what this zine aimed for. Unfortuantly, only 1 Issue was produced, and here it is, all scanned to .jpeg format and zipped in a handy WinRAR file.

The zine was put together back in 1987 by various Nottingham 'Scenesters' of the day, most notably John March and Kalv from Heresy, Digby Pearson of Earache Records fame, at that rather scary looking bald geezer called Trev, who I believe used to drive Heresy around and is in loads of their photos from that era. Like Maximum RnR, it aimed not just to cover hardcore punk, but associated politics and interests. That's why amongst the interviews with BGK, Head of David and Visions Of Change/Depraved you will find a dairy from Dave Ross, the drummer of Australian band Civil Dissident, a scene report from the Netherlands, a rather random report on life in Japan, articles on horror movies and serial killers and a photo montage of gnarly old skateboarding dudes!

Probably my favourite pieces of the zines are the documents of lates 80's hardcore - old record reviews (some classic Japanese hardcore next to LL Cool J!), scene news, adverts, tour dates, live photos and columns. There's a good transcript of a general meeting of the magazine staff where they all just sit round discussing various topics.

The zine itself is printed on some weird type of glossy paper. I've never seen anything like it - it's the feel of PVC! It came with a 3 track 7" flexi discs featuring unreleased tracks by the Depraved, Stupids and Heresy. The Heresy track is a still unreleased version of 'Make The Connection.'

I believe it's now quite hard to come by, and would command good money on ebay. If you're interested in more old punk zines, please see Punk Is Hippies.

Monday, 13 April 2009

The Summer Of Rage

It all started with a group of 7 people breaking into the Brighton bomb factory EDO and causing 1/4 million quid damage in an attempt to stop the ongoing slaughter of Palastinians, then a car full of fascists in Manchester was surrounded by an angry mob armed with hammers who proceded to do their own brand of DIY. Greedy banker Fred Goodwin's house and car windows were smashed, then on April Fool's Day anarchists ran riot through the City of London, smashing bank windows and chucking flaming stuff at the old bill to celebrate the meeting of the G20. Now 60% of the prisoners at HMP Ashwell in Rutland, Leicestershire deicided they'd had enough and layed siege to their accomodation, smashing shit up and burning things down for nearly 21 hours. Lastly, on Friday night, an armed rozzer sustained serious head injuries and is in a critical condition. It really is gearing up for the Summer of Rage we've been hearing about.

Unfortuantly, there has already been one casuality, and that was paper seller Ian Tomlinson, who died of a heart attack at the G20 demo after being attack by a cowardly, violent nutter of a police officer. Not only did the state kill this man, but they have tried everything they can to cover this story up. They have murdered a innocent man and then repeatedly lied about it. Unfortuantly for them, the Guardian newspaper is acting like a dog with a bone over this story. Over 1000 people have died in police custody since the 1970s. Not a single successful prosecution has ever happened. Is it too hard to believe that in just one of those cases the police directly or indirectly murdered someone?

Temporarily Dead

Obviously, this blog hasn't been updated in a while. I do plan on continuing it, but I cannot say for sure when I'll be sticking more tunes up. In the mean time, please check out http://www.profaneexistence.org

It's a Punk rock life.