Item #4270 Coolest Retard, Vol. I No. 3. ed Craig Schmidt.
Coolest Retard, Vol. I No. 3

Coolest Retard, Vol. I No. 3

Chicago: Self-published, 1979. Stapled in top left corner. Item #4270

4to (8 ½ x 11 in.) Offset. 19 pp. Some shelf wear, overall near fine condition.

One of Chicago’s earliest punk and new wave fanzines, The Coolest Retard ran for 23 issues between 1979 and 1983. Issues featured stories, interviews, columns, record reviews, and live show reviews, with an emphasis on bands and artists from the Chicago area. Packing issues with features on some of the popular bands emerging from the era, The Coolest Retard provides a vivid portrayal of Chicago’s early punk. Its cut-and-paste collage style makes it definitive of the punk zine aesthetic that has lasted to this very day.

Features an interview with Richard Hell and a Buzzcocks “fun page.” Also contains singles reviews and an overview of current bars and clubs in the Chicago New Wave scene.