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36 Highlights From The ‘Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library’

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Highlights from the SolidarityRevolutionary Center and Radical Library, a no-longer-functioning Lawrence-based collective, are many. The library was donated to Kansas University’s Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements. It features around 834 digitized zines.

The Wilcox Collection’s founder Laird Wilcox told Lawrence Journal-World, “[i]f the collection stands for anything, it’s the fact that our country’s made up of a matrix of beliefs.”

 

10 Steps To Delicious Soy Milk

 

Zines, like the best magazines, reflect the zeitgeist. Fast to make and cheap to produce, hand-made zines show us snapshots of the culture in which they were born. The drawings and lettering make them deeply personal and reflective in a way that processed words and photography can find hard to touch. I’ve picked some covers that stand out and make you want to see what’s inside.

Many of the names are terrific: Cuisine of the Future,  Super Vagina and 10 Steps to Delicious Soy Milk are all tremendous. But if I to pick a winner, it’d be Office Supply Youth, now known as Higher Education Bubble.

 

Chimps #4 zine Clit Rocket Issue Two Coloring Book Zine Extraordinare Cuisine of the Future Disgruntl TV #18 Do Something

Fighting Scene issue 7

Fighting Scene issue 7

Fred's Multigraph Letter Number 10 Griot #4

Ideas in Pictures #3

Ideas in Pictures #3

Industrial Society and Its Future - The Unabomber's Manifesto Instead of Magazine Limousine #4

Manufacturing Dissent

Manufacturing Dissent

Memorytown USA #3

Mirror Tricks

Mirror Tricks

Nursery Rhymes for Global Crimes

Nonissue Number 1

Nonissue Number 1

Office Supply Youth #5; Jasmine's Little Sister #9

Office Supply Youth #5; Jasmine’s Little Sister #9

Outpunk Period Vol. 1 Issue 3 Public Secrets SAP issue 3

Sisyphusblas- a zine about this zine

Sisyphusblas- a zine about this zine

Super Vagina #3

The Illustrated Guide to Pinhole Photography

The Illustrated Guide to Pinhole Photography

The Nose Knows! Vol. 1 Iss. 32 Through The Looking Glass and What She Saw There Yellow Submarine 9 ulu-An Indigenous Anti-Capitalist Analysis

Black Start North #3 zine

Black Start North #3

Across Three Decades of Anarchism zine

Across Three Decades of Anarchism

Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom zinw

Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom

zine Away with all Cars by Mr. Social Control

Away with all Cars
by Mr. Social Control

zine Beginners Guide to Responsible Sexuality (for Men)

Beginners Guide to Responsible Sexuality (for Men)

 

Via Hyperallergic

 

 

  • njguy54

    In the mid-80s I worked summer jobs processing credit card applications. People would use the postage-paid envelopes to mail us all kinds of weird stuff — bricks, manure (before they caught the Unabomber you could put all kinds of crap in the mail), Bible tracts and all varieties of porn. People would also send us zines like these. In the days before desktop publishing, making these zines took a look of creativity and ingenuity, and they were quite entertaining to read. My only hope is that those zine creators were able to find success through their talents.