Washington DC: Truly Needy, 1982-85. 8 1/2 x 11”. First two issues xeroxed from typescript, cut-up collage, drawings and holograph on both recto and verso and Stab-stapled. Issues 3-6 offset printed and stab-stapled. Subsequent issues saddle-stapled. With a flyer for a 1984 benefit show for the zine (8 1/2 x 11”, xeroxed from cut-up collage).
All issues published of this dense and longrunning zine out of DC which began with the Reagan years (the zine appears to be named after a line in Reagan’s inauguration speech that year, which was described in the first number). One of the best resources from the D.C. punk scene, with extensive reviews and articles on local and visiting acts, and also film reviews, and political material, and ads for local record shops. Not only limited to punk music, there is also coverage of new wave, industrial, and goth acts (there’s even a rare early American interview with Sisters of Mercy in issue 8.) The sheer amount of interviews is staggering, including with Gang of Four, Alan Vega, Section 25, Jello Biafra, Psychodrama, Fear, Gun Club, Tin Huey, Urban Verbs, Velvet Monkeys, Keith Levene, Nico, Nuclear Crayons, No Trend, Government Issue, Social Suicide, Dream Syndicate, Scream, Static Distruptors, Marginal Man, The Fall, T. S. O. L, The Birthday Party, Henry Rollins, Minor Threat, Media Disease, Flipper, Hüsker Dü, Meat Puppets, Leslie Singer, Einsturzende Neubauten, Clay Allison, Nick Cave, The Minutemen, Big Black, Rites of Spring, and more.
Later issues, which were more widely distributed, are not rare, but the early issues are extremely difficult. This is the only run we’ve handled or seen to be assembled.
A fine set showing only light handling creases and some faint. Item #24988