The biggest news about fanzines during the Seventies (1974–83) is the arrival of punk fanzines, which for a few years eclipse all other varieties.
NOTE: The zines mentioned and shown in this post are not included in my own collection, the earliest zines in which date to the 1980s.
* Shown above: 48 Thrills!, a British fanzine that appeared in 1976 and whose first issue featured writing on the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Mark Perry’s British fanzine Sniffin’ Glue also started in 1976.
* Shane McGowan, who later fronted the band The Pogues, was a zinester! Shown above at age 18 (in 1976) with his punk fanzine Bondage. I wish I owned copies of this; also Raymond Pettibon’s 1981–85 zine Tripping Corpse.
* Flipside, one of the longest running, and best-known punk fanzines, was first published in 1977; it chronicled the early Los Angeles punk scene.
* The punk fanzine Slash also start in LA in 1976; Gary Panter was one of its contributors!
* The fanzine Punk, which supposedly lent its moniker to the music and the scene (in fact, the magazine Creem first popularized the term), was first published in 1976 — in New York.
* Coolest Retard was a seminal punk fanzine from Chicago; it ran from 1979–84. Maximum Rock’N’Roll first appeared in 1982.
This is a 25-part series in which HiLobrow editor Joshua Glenn, who from 1990–93 published the zine Luvboat Earth and from 1992–2001 published the zine/journal Hermenaut, bids a fond farewell to his noteworthy collection of zines, which he recently donated to the University of Iowa Library’s zine and amateur press collection.