Thursday, 29 October 2009

Boy's Own: The Complete Fanzines 1986-92

A little piece of rave history, and as they were kind enough to send me a copy - it's quite good being me, sometimes - thought it had at least better get a mention on here!

Well, what can I say? In case anyone's just come in, this is the complete collection of the legendary Boy's Own fanzine, which chronicled the first wave of British rave culture and gave birth to the Boys Own/Junior Boys Own record lablels. It's just come out in hardback and it's a whopping £24.95, but if you want an actual as-it-happened account of acid house and all that malarkey, there isn't a better place to look. For anyone with an interest in dance music history, then, it's absolutely essential. Even if it is just a pile of badly typed/scrawled/photocopied 80s fanzines in coffee table form.

Even for the less trainspottery it's full of fun stuff like a 1987 article by Paul Oakenfold extolling the joys of mescalin. It's also good if, like me, you were involved in fanzines in the 80s and can remember using Ms as sideways Es when you were running out of Letraset...

Oh yeah, and you can buy it here.

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