UNCERTAIN TIMES INDEED. HowEVER, ONE THING YOU CAN COUNT ON IS safety pin magazine to deliver you the very best in punk rock interviews and music, even if our schedules are a little vague. and getting vaguer. So here we go, issue 6 with VICE SQUAD, THE REZILLOS, SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH, THE SINCLAIRS (i.e. rat scabies & Billy Shinbone), THE RAMONAS, Zsa Zsa Gabor's and WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON. THEN, as threatened, we've gone back to vinyl and include a marvellous split 7" of WONK unit and THE menstrual cramps, two of the bands that have inspired and informed safety pin since we started nearly two years ago. mini-interviews with both bands on a special insert with the record too. Irresistibly priced at £5.95 (+£1.50 UK p&p) AND on the shop page right now. Don't face viral armageddon without it.
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 when I started Safety Pin in 2018 it was my first fanzine in over twenty years. I've never stopped loving print, or punk rock, so this was long overdue.
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.
Crucially I need help from bands, labels, promoters. If you'd like to feature in the magazine, like to advertise, like to be on future vinyl or CD releases bug us at
Use the contact form on the right or email
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c/o People For Print
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Sheffield S2 4BB