NYC, NY: Self-published, 1988. Side-stapled in wraps. 30 pp. 8 ½ x 11 in. Offset. Near fine. Item #4356
Later in his life, Gerard Cosloy would go on to become a co-founder and executive at Matador Records, a paramount indie label which has released records by Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth and a slew of others. However, his first splash in the music industry was a personal fanzine called Conflict which ran from 1979 to 1991 (and was recently resurrected for it’s 53rd issue in 2013). Whether he’s reviewing records, interviewing bands or replying to reader letters, Cosloy’s blunt and sardonic tone pervades Conflict’s wall to wall, no frills content. Issue 48, Cosloy calls the Pixies “so close to being ok,” terms Social Distortion’s “Prison Bound” “mushy and lifeless,” and claims The Embarrassment to be “a fucking great band you probably missed the boat on.” In addition to fifteen plus pages of album and show reviews, Cosloy interviews Spacemen 3, gives “advice” on where to pick up girls and beseeches his reader to “kill rap music now” as part of a scathing five page status update cum rant on the music scene.