Every so often, you come across a book so brilliant you take extra-special care turning the pages, in fear of leaving grubby fingerprints across them. Fanzines, by Teal Triggs is just one of those such books.
If you thought DIY 'zines started with the 1977 punk invasion, or that they were at their peak during the riot grrrls' reign of the '90s, then you, my misinformed little friend, could not be more wrong. Fanzines documents the development of the 'zine culture, from it's inception in the 1940's straight through to the e-zines of the present day.
This highly-visual book features amazing imagery of some of the most unique and overlooked 'zines throughout the past 7 decades, as well as stunning images of famous 'zines, such as 'Sniffin' Glue' - the well-known, pioneering British punk fanzine.
As well as the impressive collection of imagery, Fanzines also gives the reader a fascinating insight to the history of independant 'zines, so you're not spending all your time gawping at the pretty pictures, but actually learning a thing or two as well.
In my opinion, Fanzines is a must-have for anybody who is interested in independant publications and 'zine culture. And if you're not, it sure makes a lovely coffee-table book...
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Images via my scans of Fanzines, © Teal Triggs & Thames & Hudson