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It’s a fanzine!

Posted: November 16th, 2003, by Simon Minter

I was very pleased when an actual, paper fanzine dropped through my door the other day. ‘Do people still make fanzines?’ I thought to myself, before thinking of course, they obviously do. Simply because I’m too lazy to keep up, it doesn’t mean the world has stopped. Anyway. One of my main problems with fanzines is often the sloppy nature of the writing – I don’t take half-arsed attempts at journalism with no bullshit filter and no quality control to equal Punk Rock Attitude – but luckily ‘Stereo Sanctity’ fanzine (number two of which I have here) is pretty consistently high quality in its writing.

Content-wise it’s kind of what you’d expect – reviews, interviews, etc – but with a few interesting things to spice up your life: namely some reviews of comic books and some comic strips and ‘comment’ pieces. The interviews are with Oneida and Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia… and are a combination of knowingly unoriginal questions (‘what are your favourite records’, etc) and more personalised, reactive questions which elicit interesting responses from the interviewees.

I admire anybody who still bothers to put together fanzines and put the time and effort into photocopying, mailing out, and so on. So why not make Stereo Sanctity’s writer Ben work hard for my admiration by writing off for a copy right now!

It’s £1.50 (according to the cover), plus some postage money or stamps I guess, for 36 A4 pages, from Ben at 3 Ferry Cottages, Cosheston, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA72 4TY.

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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