When I started out making (fan)zines in 2001, writing about music was a big part of them. Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney featured on the cover of my very first zine called Punk Feminist Mini-Zine (now out of print) and in my zine series Flapper Gathering (also out of print), I regularly published concert and album reviews. I was inspired by riot grrrl and punk and it showed when glancing through the pages of these publications.
My current zine series Same Heartbeats continued where Flapper Gathering left off. It includes reports of feminist festivals and comics about the bands I play(ed) in. Recently I’ve also published a few zines that focus entirely on (playing) music and fandom. I intend to write more about these subjects in the future because my fascination with music, bands, instruments, and song-writing continues.
Here is a list of my zines about music that are still available to order or trade:
Mail me to place an order.
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The end of December and the beginning of January was a busy snail mail time as you can see on the photo below: there were lots of cards and zines that I sent out… and I’m preparing new parcels and envelopes as we speak.
I don’t always manage to decorate my outgoing snail mail but I do enjoy creating a little mail-art. So these envelopes all have stamps (cats, tea pots, yarn, and knitting needles) and will be used for the next zine orders and trades. I will choose them at random (and depending on the size of the zines) so it’s a surprise.
Here are all the zines I made in 2020 – all still available to order:
Enough talk about the outgoing mail, let’s take a look at the lovely incoming mail I’ve received in the first 2 weeks of January. So many paper treasures – I feel so spoiled – and the photo below doesn’t even include most New Year’s cards and there’s even more coming soon! I ❤ the zine scene!
Over the past few years/months I have developed an increasing fascination for guitar pedals. Especially very recently my collection has grown a lot. At the moment I’ve accumulated up to 11 different pedals! These produce sounds ranging from distortion and fuzz to chorus and delay. I also own a drum machine guitar pedal. I have a pedal board, on which to attach the pedals to easily transport them to rehearsals and concerts but they no longer all fit on there. So I keep some at home and some on the board for rehearsals/concerts of my band Lavender Witch. Like, for example, we don’t need a drum machine when we are so lucky to have an amazing new drummer in our band!
I’m still learning about pedal effects, by watching a lot of youtube videos and by just experimenting with my pedal collection. It will probably be an ongoing process. There’s always something new to discover and all of this is very exciting to me! I’ve turned into a true pedal geek. 🙂
If you are curious about what these little machines can do, I’ll write more in detail about my collection of sound effect boxes in the next issue of Same Heartbeats. I’m considering making a special mini-zine about them too, as part of the Guitarrr series. To be continued…
[Photo on the right: felt star made by my band mate Gudrun and WITCH patch made by MandApunk of the band Judith Judah]
Aren’t they pretty? Who needs christmas lights and decoration when you’ve got guitar pedals (and bright red and fluo yellow guitar cables)?
How has 2019 been for you? Read on to find out about my year and about my creative plans for 2020…
(Listen to my New Year’s playlist here)
Welcome to the final batch of zines that I’ve read this year! There are zines about radical queerness, female musicians, making terrariums, migraines, veganism, the film “Ghostbusters” (the cool new one, with the female actors), and much more! You’ll certainly find something you’d want to read too!
Remember: Zines can be difficult to categorise and some of them can belong to multiple the genres and themes. I’m aware of the limitations of this approach but it’s just easier for me to categorise them under certain genres/subjects to write my mini-reviews/descriptions. Also, if you’re interested in buying some of the zines for which I didn’t add a website/shop, get in touch with me and maybe I can help you find the zine maker.
Happy zine reading in 2020!
“Happy New Year and Anarchy Now!” says the Octopus.
I hope you are having a nice and cosy end of the year and an amazing, creative and stressless year ahead!
The final countdown starts soon…
But I prefer to end 2019 and start 2020 with some other songs:
Stop the presses – Chainsaw Bunny joined the anti-fascist resistance!
This Bunny Kills Fascists – new mini-zine
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In these dark times, even stuffed bunnies come to our aid to help us bash the fascists once and for all. Chainsaw Bunny invites you to join her antifa bunny collective and uncovers her strategies to fight right-wing extremists. Read this zine and have some antifa fun!
The title refers to the phrase “this machine kills fascists” that was first written on a guitar by Woodie Guthrie in the early 1940s and the idea was later copied by bands and artists such as Blockshot and Bob Dylan. It’s also the title of an Anti-Flag song.
This Bunny Kills Fascists a full-colour mini-zine, A7 size, 8 pages + a poster on the inside.
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How to order a copy?
Buy this mini-zine by mailing me
Only 0,50 euro + postage
Trades are welcome too!
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