Book review – R*E*P*E*A*T: Book

1994, the year that solidified the foundations of a musical movement known as Britpop, jangly indie was the order of the day. In the midst of the Britpop revolution a little fanzine called R*E*P*E*A*T raised it’s beautifully ugly head; a DIY throwback to the days of Sniffin’ Glue, with it’s anarchic cut and paste content.

The newly released R*E*P*E*A*T : Book‘ chronicles the almost two decade existance of the fanzine, originally created to chronicle the exploits of the Manic Street Preachers. The cyan pink journal emblazened with the iconic rose tattoo is filled with lovingly reprinted reviews, interviews and photographs of a distinctly punk flavour; presented with an appropriate photocopier aesthetic.

The sheer volume and quality of content is staggering, highlights include a column by Steven Wells, an extremely well conducted interview with Generation Terrorists producer Steve Brown, a review of the ill fated Swansea Heineken Festival in 1992, and several suitable anarchic pieces of art – an utter gold mine of well produced Manics related material.

This book is testement to a stunning body of work produced by R*E*P*E*A*T fanzine, a bumper 150 pages of pure punk rock spirit, rants, raves and reviews in a notably irreverent fashion. It’s frankly a must have for fans of the Manics and post-punk alike; the Holy Bible for DIY punk.

R*E*P*E*A*T : Book is available at http://midline.net/repeatbook/ for £10 plus postage

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

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