Hoboken, NJ: Sonic Death, c. 1991-96. First edition. Paperback. 4to, offset printed on newsprint. Saddle-stapled wraps. The first issue folded to fit into the original 7" mailer sent from SY headquarters, with an official Sonic Youth fan club card, hand-numbered no. 59 (probably indicating that the recipient was one of the earliest members of the fan club)
All issues pubished of this wide-ranging fanzine by Sonic Youth. While it did include coverage of the band's activities, it was not a fanclub fanzine, as the group used to format to explored subjects of diverse interest to the band and draw attention to their influences from the worlds of music, poetry, and art, and overlooked projects. One of the best features of the zine was "Fanzine of the Issue" series, of the first two issues, which profiled cool zines not named Sonic Death - Action Teen / Teenage Gang Debs and Umlaut. Issue 6 features an interview with Maurice Menares about being a roadie won the recent Pavement tour, diagram by John Zorn explaining the tactical mysteries of COBRA, a tour diary by Tim Foljahn, an interview wtih Yoshimi Yokota, interview with Bikini Kill, and an article entitled "Women on Bass" by Mike Watt. The final issue includes an article on Charlemagne Palestine, with a great cover photograph of Palestine by Les Levine.
First issue folded into fourths as sent in the original mailing box. Issues show moderate wear, including creasing and some light toning to newsprint, but a very good, supple set. Scarce complete. While the last two issues had a fairly wide distribution, the early numbers, particularly the first two, are scarce. Item #26041