Slambook Nos. 1-4
New York, New York: self-published, 1986-1987. Side-stapled. Each 34pp., 8 ½ x 11 in. Xerox. Mild toning and edge wear; overall, very good. Item #4459
The first four issues, published in two volumes, of the zine edited and produced by Ted R. Gottfried of the New York City fanzine store See Hear
Slambook was a zine with a very simple concept: its a questionnaire people would fill out about themselves and their opinions on topics ranging from music to politics. The interviewees were all involved with the punk scene in some capacity, most from New York but many from all around the United States. The resulting zine resembles a high school kid’s scribbled-on notebook.
These four issues, published in two volumes, contain answers from punk / counterculture legends such as Nick Zedd, Thurston Moore, John Holmstrom, Steve Albini, Tuli Kupferberg, Rudi Protrudi of the Fuzztones, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and journalist Byron Coley, among others. Ted Gottfried was the owner of New York’s See Hear zine shop, and would hand off his Slambook packets to anyone who walked through the doors of his shop, whether they were famous or obscure. This lends an interesting and honest depiction of those involved in the fanzine and punk communities of the time.
Scarce in any quantity, particularly as a run, and with the rarer premiere issue. Only two issues found in OCLC as of January 2021.