MUSIC FANZINES: THE DIY WORLD

IN THE SEVENTIES THANKS TO THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE PUNK SUBCULTURE WERE BORN FANZINES, MUSIC MAGAZINES CONNECTED TO THE ARTISTIC TECHNIQUE OF DO IT YOURSELF. FANZINES REPRESENTED A POWERFUL FORM OF SELF EXPRESSION FOR ARTISTS WHO COULD NOT FIND NO VOICE IN SOCIETY

The English word fanzine was born from the contraction of the words fan / from fanatic, passionate and magazine / journal and can be translated into Italian as a fanzine. The Fanzine provided artists the opportunity to be the creators of art into something completely original without the chains and constraints related to traditional art, in the publication of a subcultural unexpressed world. With the publicize in New York of the magazine “Punk” in 1975, thanks to John Holmstrom, Ged Dunn and Legs McNeil and in the United Kingdom of “Sniffin ‘Glue” by Mark Perry was launched a new artistic underground revolution.

The aesthetic of the fanzine was a combination of dadaist and antagonistic assembly with a real rejection of the classical principles typical of the illustration and design. A Bad art with illustrations made with pen and ink, a layout of a page with a spontaneous production copier and a mixture of typographic treatments such as cut and paste, with the letters handwritten and typewritten. The artistic DIY technique represented the term that identified this art and the influence of the punk subculture on the contemporary drawings. In graphics: grainy images, dirty characters of the old typewriters and photocopied ads in black and white were the symbolic qualities of fanzines and posters of the new wave.