Self-published artists’ books and zines from the xerox generations of the late 70s, 80s and early 90s closely parallel the sensibility of independent music labels of the time, especially the alternate distribution networks created by these labels and the zine culture around their music and shows. Here’s one overlap found in the archive of Franklin Furnace here at MoMA Library - the first two newsletters (1984-85?) by K Records (Calvin Johnson & co.) of Olympia WA - “The K cassette revolution is exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.”
Which of these two are you? -ds
Immoral Roberts! 少年ナイフ! Beat Happening!
Beat Happening released their first single 30 years ago
Made a beat happening shirt today
TBT! Flyers from Calvin's archives, 1983-5.
"…it is a rare thing when stuff this direct and wonderful pops out of the woodwork."
BRAVEAR Volume 3 Issue 5 1986 (page 52)
BEAT HAPPENING review by Greg Freeman
- Greg Freeman’s review of the FEELIES' The Good Earth from the same page is very popular! It is here for you to peruse - at your leisure of course.
- Greg Freeman’s review of MOFUNGO’s Messenger Dogs Of The Guides from the same page is not as popular, but is also here.
Beat Happening “Look Around” b/w “That Girl” K Records 1987
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