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Scam Zine

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on April 13, 2016

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Since the early ’90s Erick Lyle (formerly know as Iggy Scam) has published Scam zine and played in tons of great bands, including The Horrible Odds, Onion Flavored Rings, and Black Rainbow. In recent years he has parlayed Scam and his many other DIY zine projects into a bona fide writing career of sorts – including the book On The Lower Frequencies, and his newest, Streetopia: Using Art to Build Community, Fight Displacement and Reclaim Public Space.  He recently talked at the University of West Florida.  We’re beyond thrilled to have some of his early zines in our collection at the JPL Zine Library.

Here’s a small excerpt from Erick Lyle’s interview with Arwen Curry of Maximum Rock and Roll, from 2009’s print media themed issue.

Do you remember the first time you saw something that was like a zine or a pamphlet, a noncommercial, underground piece of writing? What did it look like to you at the time?

I thought from a pretty young age that I would become a writer. I enjoyed writing in school even really early on. Like when I was seven or eight, I was always writing stories, but there was a period in my early teens when I was running away from home a lot, having a lot of trouble with parents, and randomly living on the streets here and there. I started to fail out of school, which hadn’t been a problem before, and I started to think that I’d messed up my life in some way where I wasn’t going to be able to become a writer anymore—because I wasn’t going to finish school, and, that I would need to go to college to “become a writer.” But then somehow I happened upon a Hunter S. Thompson book that I cheerfully shoplifted from the mall, and I was reading this lunatic tale of crime and drugs and stuff, and realized, “Oh, OK, I actually already am a writer. This is awesome.”

That was before I was a punk rocker. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I was into punk rock and seeing zines. There weren’t a lot of zines coming out of South Florida, but finding a Maximum Rocknroll actually was a pretty big deal, and we found it in a chain store, so that’s something to consider—that sometimes in a small town you gotta find the punk rock in a chain store. This was probably 1988, and me and my best friend Buddha thought that we were among the last remaining punks on earth because there were no other punks in South Florida, and all the bands that we liked, like Black Flag, the Descendents, Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen, they had just broken up right before we got into punk.

We had seen the 7 Seconds, but somehow something was missing, so when we found this Maximum Rocknroll, we were like, “Whoa! This magazine is full of demo tapes; there’s a whole world out there,” so that was a pretty big deal. But the first zine I saw that really influenced me was a couple years later, probably in 1990, when I left my parents’ house for good and ended up at the Ft. Lauderdale Punk House. My roommate Chuck Loose was making a zine called Get Loose, and it was all about scamming, dumpster diving, bumming around town, graffiti, and stuff, and I was like, “Hmm, OK, this is cool. I can do this.”

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Punks, Punx, and Punxxx

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on July 18, 2012

You can’t live in two places at once, but the recent punk-related gems of catalog additions are a solid jog down memory lane for anyone involved in hardcore punk in the mid-2000’s. They are here on the shelf at Jacksonville’s Downtown Library with little vouching for them these days but the fact that they still exist. So here’s a heads up on the paper product in case you missed the boat this first time around, with a nod to a few digitized reincarnations.

Slug and Lettuce.

Bust out your magnifying glasses for this classic! Editor/writer/publisher Christine Boarts Larson makes sure this FREE publication in jammed back with as much great stuff as possible, hence the wee text size. Don’t let adjusting your glasses stop you though! Spring of 2012 marks it’s 25th year, so you know something great is happening here. (That’s 1987 for the math challenged.) Twenty five years of focusing on the general DIY / anarcho-punk themes of anti-authoritarian politics, vegetarian/vegan action, radical parenting, gardening, DIY culture.   You can even check out a ton of the the columns online at the recently created http://www.slugandlettuce.net.  The website also serves as an archive for a lot of great band photography Chris has done over the years. That archive has a lot of the art from the issues as well – Jeremy Clark’s artwork is amazing.  The site also contains some new content, two different podcast series; on Eco-punk and Permaculture.

 

 

Equalizing X Distort

Another no frills and no space wasted, pedal to the hardcore punk, zine.  Named after the classic Gauze LP you probably only own a bootleg of, the Equalizing Distort  zine is an extension of a radio show these four Canadian chaps put together.  Lots of interviews with bands and record reviews.   The issue we have at JPL is from 2006, but these Toronto locals have been busy since then. They operate a great website of the same name here.  It chronicles playlists from the show (complete with plenty of MP3’s!!) and information on the zine and local shows.   They also have archived some of the older issues here.

So come check them out soon! And until then, you have plenty of new websites to explore if hanging at a computer is your thing.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Taking The Lane Vol. 3

Posted by Matthew Moyer on July 17, 2012

Taking The Lane Vol. 3: Unsung Heroes
By Elly Blue

This handsomely designed, pocket-sized tome looks at bicycling from a feminist perspective and is all the better for it. This time around, Elly Blue and company highlight inspirational figures– past and present– for women who travel by two wheels. Look out for Annie Londonderry!

Find Taking The Lane at your library.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Lou Reeder

Posted by Matthew Moyer on June 8, 2012

Lou Reeder / You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory split-zine
by Corrina Fastwolf and Matt Monochrome

A chance conversation while out on a record shopping expedition
birthed this split-zine, wherein memories of Lou Reed fandom (circa
Berlin no less!) segue gracefully into a tale of high school
misfits trying to turn a whole school onto the Violent Femmes.

Find Lou Reeder at your library.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: 904 Pinball Zine Vol. 2

Posted by Matthew Moyer on May 26, 2012

904 Pinball Zine Vol. 2

904 Pinball Zine, already a fun and useful local resource, tweaks their format with issue 2. Besides the foldout map listing every pinball machine in Jax, this one adds interviews and event recaps – inspired by Seattle’s Skillshot. Grab it!
 

Find 904 Pinball Zine at your library.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Cryptic Slaughter Vol. 25

Posted by Matthew Moyer on April 25, 2012

Cryptic Slaughter Vol. 25
by Giovanni

Giovanni picks up his pen again for the first new issue of CS in five
years. We find him in Syria and then Turkey, reminiscing on what got
him started writing as a teenage punk, in between razro-sharp
vignettes and observations of his travels.

Find Cryptic Slaughter at your library.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Peops Vol. 6

Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 31, 2012

Peops Vol. 6
by fly

You’re in NYC, running into all of these amazing people, what do you do to remember these meetings? Instead of taking photographs, fly drew pictures, and Peops collects them. Included in this one is Nick Zedd, Sophie Crumb, and Hettie Jones.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Razorcake Vol. 58

Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 8, 2012

Razorcake. Vol. 58

To prep for Mark Sultan’s (aka BBQ) imminent show in St. Aug, you won’t go wrong with Razorcake’s lengthy interview that takes in all parts of the garage rock titan’s anti-career. Features on Pil and Nervous Gender make this issue a win!

Find Razorcake. Vol. 58 at your library

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: In Every Town

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 27, 2012

In Every Town:
An All-Ages Munsic Manualfesto

More polished than a zine, this is less a manifesto and more a step-by-step handbook to running a noncommercial music venue where you live. Thought provoking and practical, In Every Town is the successor to MRR’s Book Your Own F**king Life.

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(Micro) Zine Of The Week: Blues Real Bad

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 18, 2012

Blues Real Bad
by Kevin Singles

Kevin Singles crafts a gorgeougly rendered, barely-fictionalized take on the myth of Robert Johnson. Weaving together narratives and cinematic jumpcuts, we see the lengths a guitar player will go to really play the blues. And what it costs.

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