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Special Collections: Zines

Zines!

Zines
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We have a new and exciting collection of zines available to browse in the Materials Room. These range from some of the earliest punk titles like Sniffin' Glue to lots of new examples in many shapes and sizes.

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What are Zines?

Zines are a way individuals or small groups can share their particular interests or obsessions. Created against the flow of mainstream publishing, the zine is an opportunity for self-expression, especially for alternative ideas and lifestyles.

In the past, content included subcultural fashion and music, political ideas or club football news. The term fanzine (sometimes used) originally combined the concepts of fan club and magazine.

The zine is a self-published, non-commercial, cheaply produced, low circulation magazine. Content may be typed, handwritten, drawn, photographed – often printed on a photocopier, stapled, folded or bound with simple stitches.

We have an amazing range of zines as part of our special collections, housed in our Materials Room. A list of zines we hold is available from the link at the bottom left of the page.

Examples include Sniffin Glue, a punk publication from 1970s and Vague – a play on mainstream Vogue.  We also have many contemporary zines, including titles produced here at Middlesex by art and design students.

For more information please come down to the Materials Room (Sheppard Library Basement) which is usually open during term-time from Monday to Friday 11am – 4pm.

Updated: Access to the Materials Room

 

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Due to the on-going Covid 19 situation, the Materials Room is currently closed for individual and group visits. We are working towards opening later in the autumn, but will keep you informed here about any changes to access.

Please contact Marion (m.syratt-barnes@mdx.ac.uk) or Sherene (s.king@mdx.ac.uk) (Mondays/Tuesdays) for more information or your questions about the using the Special Collections.
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