A ‘Fanzine and Music Writing Workshop’ will be held at Rough Trade East next week.
Booked in for the first Thursdays of the next two months – the 7th of February, the 6th of March – the sessions aim to help you in your valiant efforts to “design and create your very own fanzine, ready to print and sell in Rough Trade”.
Sound good? Yeah, pretty much, especially when you can bank on the expertise of pros, pros like Plan B’s co-editors Everett True and Frances Morgan.
You’ll need £20 for the two-part course, and your own computer if possible. Those are the salient details, find a flyer with more below:
Perhaps you're confused as to the merits of 'zines and would like to know more? Help is at hand, first from Frances Morgan.
“Rough Trade asked me and Everett to run this course because I think Plan B represents, to a lot of people, the DIY fanzine ethos - even though it's not a fanzine itself, many of its contributors come from the world of print ‘zines, web ‘zines, ‘blogs and small press.
“ET and myself were both involved in ‘zines early on in our lives, and we love ‘zine culture. It's so important that it exists - and that the print ‘zine continues to exist alongside the more instant, widespread appeal of publishing yourself online. Print ‘zines are like 4-track tapes and 7-inch singles - special, small scale artefacts that I love to pieces, personally.
“So...we were really happy to get involved in this workshop. In a way, it's a bit weird, telling people how to make a ‘zine, because it's such a personal thing and there are so many ways in which to do it. So I think what we're gonna do is just talk through the issue of ‘zines in general, pass around a few good ones that we like, and then generate a discussion about what the participants' ‘zines will be like.
“We'll basically help people plan their ‘zines. Then on the next session we'll get practical – in between the two sessions, the participants will have been working on their ‘zines and will come prepared to finish them off - or as good as! Me and ET will be on hand to help out, give advice and finish our own ‘zines - I'm planning to make my own alongside all the other participants!"
We're running out of space. Everett True, more brevity!
"Music journalists are failed fanzine writers - fallen out of love with the music they discourse."
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