March 2007 Rare and Northern Fanzine issue on the streets.Latest issue of this fine fanzine is now out and about. Am always hassling the editor Martyn when I bump into him on travels when the next one is due out and the fact that finally got my hands on latest one in some windswept carpark at 4am sort of sums up just what its all about.
Now the whole style, make up and the way its put together is a bit of a throwback to a few years ago, no glossy pullout posters or free "rare soul banger" gifts as such, and like me you may at times wonder in these days of low cost pcs/printers etc why does it have "last century" style, but to be honest, one of the appeals of this fanzine is that it just flicking through you can tell that its from the "no one ever said its gonna be easy" school, and fact that such a format must involve more effort and time adds to the appeal and this does fit in with the thrust and editoral style.
Anyway onto the mag, most usual bases are coverted, record reviews, venue reports and such. A look at the contents and a bit of mental arthematic tells me about 25% of this issue concerns itself with vinyl reviews from a fair few contributors along with scans and all. Issue specfic articles include a look back at the Birmingham Locarno in late 70s which was a bit of a memory jerker, A three pager on ebay dealings, a review on Solid Hit Soul, a feedback section, and some 3/4 page thoughtful articles by Martyn
Entitled - The Northern Soul Meltdown - the debate continues, and another Soul, Socialism and other matters
Think titles may give a clue what they are about and as with a lot of his views do find the articles interesting and while do have very similar views to his own(apart from his internet views) sure that even if don't agree will find such interesting and food for thought
Got the ok to do bit of previewing of a couple of pages from the mag below
Latest issue should be available out and about
at moment dont have postage costs etc, if anyone is after ordering via paypal drop us a pm and will try and sort something out
a grab from just one of the record review pages
here's a grab from the northern meltdown ... article
please be aware it is just one of 3/4 pages and would say need to read the full article to see and get the full "where its coming from" view