Hardcore Is More Than Music 3Hardcore Is More Than Music fanzine was an artistic collaboration that I co-produced with artist Nina Manandhar.
We hand printed the first batch in Nina's dad's print shop in Acton and carried them in 2 big suitcases.
The launch of each issue was accompanied by an event or gig.
For the launch of Issue 3 I organised a gig at the ICA for Crispy Ambulance and The Biting Tongues. For this gig Graham Massey reformed The Biting Tongues, his first band on Factory Records.
Accompanying Issue 3 Nina and I went to South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, USA and made our first feature documentary on video. By this issue we were printing 5000 copies and putting copies of the zine in Rough Trade Records and having a stall at Publish and Be Damned in it's early incarnation in Clerkenwell.
We entered Issue 3 in The Guardian Student Media Awards and won 'best designed publication' and runner up in 'best small publication'.
We launched the issue with our degree show for Chelsea college of art alongside a specially arranged appearance by a young boyband who we were mentoring on a youth programme at Stowe Youth Centre. The band sang a track on the night of the degree show from inside a giant, neon pink 'pinkagon' which we had built outside. The paint company sponsored us with glow in the dark pink paint.
I only have 1 or 2 photos of the Pinkagon and the original drawing but those who were there can testify to it's existence!
Contributors to the fanzine for this issue were: Polly Staple, Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Gerard Cosloy Alan Hempsall, Steven Shearer, and Jack Brennan.
The contents of Issue 3: Alternative Mainstream, The Pinkagon, Genetically Modified Burberry Babies, Quit Work, Four Stages, The North will Rise Again, Icarus, Waspilentials, Visions of the Future, American Afterlife, Clocking Off, Opportunity Knocks, Gerard Cosloy, Poem, Deer Hoof, Palace Breaking, Guitar 4, Visions of the Future, Revenge Fantasies of Inarticulate Kiddies, Him or Him, 10cc on the Eastern Block, Accessorexia, Ode to.