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An Event in Zine History:

July 13, 2009

The folks over at The P5 are reporting that today is the 33rd anniversary of the first issue of Sniffin’ Glue, the pioneering UK punk fanzine. Produced by Mark Perry between July 1976 and September 1977, Sniffin’ Glue had a run of fourteen total issues and quickly became a vital component of the British punk happening. Perry produced the issues entirely himself, by a method that was followed almost exactly for decades afterward. Even now, while we’ve migrated online, the ethos and the method remain pretty much the same. Sniffin’ Glue has become part of punk legend, of course, and was in many ways the blueprint for punk/indie rock zines and zine culture to follow. In the early punk climate, Perry was able to function as a documentarian/journalist on the same level with the key players of the scene, and Sniffin’ Glue became an important aspect of it all, fully embodying the ethic of DIY cultural production.

In 2000, a collection of the original issues, along with some other writings, were published in a book entitled Sniffin’ Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory. After Perry stopped producing the zine in 1977, he went on to a musical career, forming and fronting the acclaimed Alternative TV and releasing material under his own name as well.

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