Punk zines
‘Symbols of defiance’ from the print to the digital age
in Fight back
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This chapter examines the development of punk fanzines from the late 1970s, exploring the role of these music fan-produced publications in giving meaning to the experience of a music community. It talks about the way that punk zines have been understood in broader analyses of punk culture. The chapter focuses on one example of a British regional anarcho-punk fanzine and the way it constructed anarcho-punk as music, politics and, most importantly, as a community and movement. It seeks to understand how the zine author produced a publication, a sense of regional activity and a discourse of anarcho-punk authenticity. The chapter looks to more online uses of the idea of a punk webzine and evaluates the degree to which the visual, verbal and editorial practices of earlier print fanzines are reproduced in internet publishing.

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