The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast

The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast

Welcome to the Jamming! Fanzine podcast. In late 1977, as a schoolkid in South London inspired by the DIY culture of punk, I started a music ‘zine. Over the following decade, Jamming! would grow to become a major fanzine and eventually a national monthly magazine. And now there is a full colour book collecting together what we have called ‘The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86.' For the Jamming! Fanzine podcast, I am hosting conversations with former contributors, photographers, musicians, scenesters and school-friends, and seeing if we can’t, through the rose-tinted glasses of history, offer some sort of perspective on the heady days of that heavyweight decade. Guests so far have included Mark Bedford, Guy Pratt, Buddy Ascott, Joly MacFie, Janine Booth, and Alan McGee among others. The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast drops every other Thursday, unless we are late to the proverbial printers or otherwise distracted. Hit subscribe now and we’ll see you on the podcast stand. The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories from the Fanzine That Grew Up 1977-86 is published by Omnibus Press and comes complete with reproduced interviews, articles, photographs and cartoons, includes fresh recollections from those who were part of the Jamming! story, and has a foreword by Billy Bragg. More information and online purchasing options available at: Omnibus Press TonyFletcher.net 'The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast Theme' is by Noel Fletcher. Copyright reserved. The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast logo was designed by Greg Morton. The Best of Jamming! book cover was designed by Martin Stiff Tony Fletcher Socials: Facebook Instagram Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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February 17, 2022 59 min

We close out the first Series/Season of the Jamming! Fanzine Podcast with an interview conducted by James Endeacott, for Soho Radio's Morning Glory show, with Jamming! founder Tony Fletcher. The conversation traces the full story of the fanzine that grew up, from schoolboy beginnings to corporate break up. Between them, they discuss The Clash, The Jam, the DIY Records Scene, fanzines, regionalism, Crass, reggae, Smiley Culture,...

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In the middle of 1981, Jamming! expanded from fanzine to record label. Between that summer and the end of 1982, Jamming! Records released five singles, all of them independent chart hits: two from the band Rudi, three from Zeitgeist, and one by Apocalypse. For this episode of the Jamming! Fanzine Podcast, we have one member from each of those groups: Brian Young from Rudi, Peter “Jaffo” Jervis from Zeitgeist, and Tony Fletcher from...

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January 13, 2022 65 min

Tony Fletcher reunites with Bruce Dessau, Ross Fortune and Paul Davies, each of whom wrote extensively for Jamming! during its commercial heyday, 1984-85, and each of whom went on to further careers in journalism. As much as this is a talk specific to Jamming! magazine, it is very much a conversation about the music and media culture of the time - about how easy it once was to access the artists, about a time when publicists were f...

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December 16, 2021 59 min

Tony Fletcher reunites with musician/composer Jim ‘JG’ Thirlwell, DJ Wendy May, and Dimple Records boss Brian O’Neill, all of whom he first met in the late 1970s when they bought copies of Jamming! off him while they were working behind the counter at the Virgin shops in Oxford Walk, Notting Hill Gate, and Marble Arch respectively. During that thriving post-punk period the entire Virgin chain served as a needed middle ground betwee...

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Chris Heath is a writer for The Atlantic, GQ and Vanity Fair, and author of several books. Russell Young is a visual artist with a background in music photography, sleeve design and video directing. Both got their professional start with Jamming! in the early 1980s.


Thirty-five years after its demise, Russell and Chris joined Jamming!’s former publisher/editor Tony Fletcher in New York City, where all three have lived at one time or...

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This episode is a co-production with the Fifty Years of Fun podcast.


In Jamming! 13, published in the spring of 1982, a 17-yr old Tony Fletcher wrote an editorial called ‘A Statement.’ Among those to read it was Alan McGee, new to London from Glasgow at the time, who was inspired to start a fanzine and a club night and a label all of his own. That label was Creation Records, home to The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Pri...

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November 4, 2021 57 min

Tony Fletcher hosts a conversation with three fellow former fanzine editors and Jamming! contributors, Tim Kelly (Revolutionary Suicide/Fanzine of Noise), Janine Booth (Blaze) and Richard Edwards (Cool Notes). Janine and Richard were also active in the 'Ranting Poetry' scene of the 1980s, while Tim toured with D.I.R.T., and played in Flux of Pink Indians and was part of the One Little Indian label that emerged from that ban...

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Between 1976-82, Joly MacFie printed some 40,000,000 badges (pins, in the USA) related to music culture. Along the way his company Better Badges grew from one-man garage operation to a sizeable small business that also printed and distributed dozens of fanzines. That connection started in spring of 1979 when Tony Fletcher stopped hoping for an ad for the 7th issue of Jamming. Joly, having just acquired a brand new table-top litho m...

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For this episode, we spin back to 1979, for a lively and laughter-filled conversation with two famous bass players and a drummer: Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of Madness, Guy Pratt (then of Speedball) and Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott (then of The Chords). Together they discuss:

  • the fashion forces that inspired that year’s mod and skinhead revivals;
  • why the former musical movement fizzled out but the latter one gave us the lasting music of 2-Tone R...
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    September 23, 2021 55 min

    For this debut episode of The Jamming! Fanzine Podcast, Tony Fletcher connects with three old friends who all played an important part in the Jamming! school days, and each of whom wrote an introductory piece for The Best of Jamming! book. They are Richard Heard, Jeni de Haart and John Matthews, and over the course of a lively group call, they discuss

  • the onset of punk,
  • the birth of Jamming and why John Matthews declined a role
  • first ...
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    Welcome to the Jamming! Fanzine podcast hosted by Tony Fletcher. In late 1977, as a schoolkid in South London inspired by the DIY culture of punk, I started a music ‘zine. I had no long-term plan, and certainly no idea that over the next decade, Jamming! would grow to become a national, even international, monthly magazine. And I certainly couldn’t have imagined that in 2021, there would be a full-colour book collecting together wh...

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