Blogzine 9

£10.00

Published 22nd March 2022 – you can now pre-order our 9th Blogzine about punk, pre-punk, post-punk and other droll and alarming things. This time, it’s a limited edition of only 300 numbered zines.

Talking with Chumbawamba’s Alice Nutter, we find out what it was like sharing dole money in a 1980s Leeds squat, and then topping the charts in 1997 with Tubthumping. Scots sisters Rachel and Gaye from The Twinsets played their dramatic pop music in prisons, at Hells Angels gatherings and as support to The Shamen; they tell punkgirldiaries their rollicking story. We have some fantastic pictures of Nina Hagen, Debbie Harry, Beki Bondage and other punk women taken in 1982 by teen photographer, Alison Braun. Alison tells us just how tricky it was to be a young girl photographer in the pre-digital LA punk scene, dropped off at the venue by her gun-toting Republican dad.

There were few enough women bass players in post-punk bands, but Lou Howard-Duffy of Hull band Red Guitars must have been the only one playing a fretless bass. Excitingly, Red Guitars are playing a tour; we look forward to hearing their 1983 hit Good Technology again. We were absolutely delighted to speak with June Millington of US rock band Fanny. This all-women group broke through in the early 1970s with huge global success in an age of sexism. They got ripped off, slagged off,  written out of rock history but there’s a new film, and June tells punkgirldiaries about the 1960s  “flat-out misogyny” which meant that girlfriends weren’t even allowed to speak.

As well as our exclusive interviews, we have a graphic meta-chat about Letraset, declare 1985 to be the year that launderettes became male-inclusive and scrape the rock-bottom of the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest. 40 packed full-colour pages and, while stocks last, a free Bad Housekeeping poster with Anne Archy’s cake decorating tips.

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Vim Renault and Lene Cortina are two grown-up punk women who started a blog in 2018 to write about the women in and around punk rock, and those who have been inspired by it since. In 2020 lockdown, the first printed zine was produced in a satisfying square format, which takes the random chaos of photocopied punk fanzines and turns it into a full-colour graphics party of old and new styles. There’s recycled Jackie comic strips, polemic, sarcasm and a lot of detailed research. Interviewees include older women who were there at the start of punk, the indie-poppers, shoegazers, anarcho-punks and riot grrrls who followed later as well as newly discovered bands from the 2020s. For £10, there is a lot to read, a lot of great pictures to feast your eyes on, and only one real advert for punkgirldiaries magnificent range of T-shirts. It’s off-grid and on trend. And you get a free poster if you order early!

“Beautiful work my friends. I recommend it to everyone! “ Pete Wylie

“Just wonderful – part cultural history, part gender polemic and part just a great magazine. With some of the most creative layout around. Brilliant stuff.” – Liz Naylor

 ‘Sumptuous … A feast for the eyes’ – Gary Crowley

‘Fabulous content…badass design’ – Louder Than War

‘Top zine! Buy it!’ – Jon Savage

‘Classy and brassy’ – Scottish Post Punk

‘It’s the poshest zine I’ve ever seen’ June Miles-Kingston drummer Mo-dettes, Communards

‘a great punky zine that gathers great info and puts a new twist on it with great production value.  Well worth getting.’ Independent Bookshop.com

‘Great content and presentation, featuring interesting interviews from strong and creative women…highly recommended’ – Pauline Murray

‘Punkgirldiaries is a thing of fire & wonder – brilliant to see in print’ – Blue Astronaut

‘Always a fab read’ -Nicola Meighan BBC Radio Scotland

‘A cracking mag’ – The Nightingales

‘A real treat’ – Lucy O’Brien

‘They are the eccentric aunties I never had’ – Cazz Blaise

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Weight 120 g
Dimensions 21 × 21 × 0.5 cm

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