Hankering after the days of photocopied punk rock zines? Here’s ten from the Bishopsgate Institute to get you cutting, pasting and photocopying
Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives are home to two large collections of wonderful illustrated zines.
The first was deposited as part of the Pollard Music Collection in 2016. Alongside copies of The Osmonds Fan Club magazine and the Melody Maker, was an extensive selection of over 100 Punk and New Wave fanzines, documenting the music and political scene in the UK from 1977 to 1980.
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This included many famous titles, such as Sniffin’ Glue and Temporary Hoarding, but many more lesser known titles too, such as Modern Drugs, No Cure and The Beat Goes On.
Another fantastic collection of predominantly LGBTQ+ zines was donated to the Special Collections and Archives in 2015 by Dr Charlotte Cooper and includes her own zine work but also many others gathered and collected over many years.
All of the zines are open and available for consultation at the Bishopsgate Institute from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5.30pm, and no appointment or ID is necessary. The Institute is always looking to add to the Zine Collections, so do let us know if you have material you would like to deposit at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of Art Night on July 1 2017, Bishopsgate Institute will be looking at London’s radical and rebellious past and inviting you to create your own call to action and turn your personal protest into a self-published piece of angry art work. See the Revolution Will Be Photocopied event page for more.
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