Thursday, August 1, 2013

Scam #9

( In this issue Erick Lyle steps out of his regular zinish format and creates a little book, or monograph to be more accurate, where he compiles personal, cultural, and narrative histories of Black Falg’s first full length, “Damaged.” Quite frankly, this is the best ever issue of an always good zine. Erick does an excellent job combining the roles of journalist and diarist, and maintaining an appropriate conversational tone. He also balances correspondence and interviews with Flag members with 2nd hand available source material about them (and he impressively impresses the usually tight lipped Gregg Ginn with some good queries). This looks like a zine, reads like a book, and captures some of the energy of early hardcore. Plus, it’s the perfect length to read in one intense sitting.

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