MY COUNTRY is COMING APART. So Says kate tempest, though probably not COMING APART as much as Safety Pin's production schedule. So, apologies, this one's taken a bit longer than intended but it's worth the wait. honestly. so we have our usual blend of legends and bright young (compared to me) things. Sham 69 for starters, dave parsons talking candidly about sham's history, what went right, what went wrong. johnny moped. The word 'legend' was surely created for him. and penelope houston of the avengers - a massive privilege and an ambition fulfilled for me. dragster, slow faction, band for disease control and prevention. And healthy junkies, who have supplied us with a brilliant 12 track retrospective CD with some of the highlights of their career to date. FIVE ****ing pounds (OK, plus p&p). GO TO THE SHOP PAGE AND GET IT NOW!
Martin Lacey aka Martin X Russian here. If you're very old you may remember me from my first fanzine, NMX, which ran from 1979-1982, mostly covering the scene in Sheffield. In 1981 we bought our first press to print NMX, and after a stop-start few years we established an 'alternative' printing business producing fanzines, record sleeves, flyers and left wing propaganda, which is what we've been doing pretty much ever since. At one point I calculated we had produced somewhere upwards of two million fanzines of nearly two hundred different titles. And that was about twenty-five years ago so I've given up counting now. I kept busy writing until the mid 90s, but Safety Pin is my first fanzine in over twenty years. I've never stopped loving print, or punk rock, so this is long overdue. Getting the Stunt Kites onto vinyl has, equally, been a cherished dream. True classic punk which was almost lost to history.
February 2019 and Issue 3 is taking shape. Make sure you 'subscribe' using the form below to be informed the moment it's ready to go.
I'm still looking for help - if I wasn't doing almost everything myself I might be able to publish a bit more frequently! - so if you fancy yourself as a writer, photographer, artist, whatever, get in touch. Issues 1 and 2 were big on band interviews - and good they are too - but we're hoping to diversify a little as we move forward. Toss us some ideas.
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