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The Factsheet Five Zine Reader: The Best Writing From The Underground World Of Zines

Zines, those hip, alternative, self-published magazines, have broken out from the obscurity of the underground and found themselves in the spotlight. Zealous readers are turning to zines for smart writing on everything from cutting-edge music to radical politics. With all that's been said about zines, one question still remains: Where the heck can you find them? And even if you dig them up, who has time to read through them all to get to the good stuff?R. Seth Friedman, super zine sleuth and the head honcho at Factsheet Five magazine, does. Culled from thousands upon thousands of zines, this book features seventy of the best stories, essays, and rants that have appeared over the past few years. These selections are intensely personal, unconventional, and sometimes completely out of this world.More than just a simple anthology, The Factsheet Five Zine Reader includes original art and covers from the zines, descriptions and histories of the zines, and complete ordering information so you can start exploring this exciting new world on your own.

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (June 24, 1997)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0609800019

ISBN-13: 978-0609800010

Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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This is the best of the glut of zine anthologies that came out a couple years ago. Worth the price of the book is Sky Ryan's adventures as a gutter punk, roaming the west coast. This is what zines are really supposed to be like.

Zine writers tend to do best uncovering secret histories: hobo graffiti tales by freight-hopping filmmaker Bill Daniel, or writing about the street ear-cleaners of New Delhi, or where to find brand-new karaoke machines in Japan for free (and why this happens). 8-tracks and those insane Jack T. Chick pamphlets are also nicely covered. Some parts are not as interesting, but this reflects the huge range of interests covered in this anthology.

This anthology is hardly what it is cracked up to be. It is mostly about publications that died out years ago. The whole zine revolution that it talks about died out with the advent of webzines.

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