PERRY, Mark. Sniffin’ Glue.

(London): Self-published, 1976-1977. Issues 1-12, a complete run of this the seminal punk zine. NME acclaimed “Sniffin’ Glue” as “the nastiest, healthiest and funniest piece of press in the history of rock’n’roll habits” and it really became the true chronicle of the early days of British punk rock as well as pioneering the DIY punk ethic. It is now known as the Bible of the punk movement. For the final issue Mark’s sidekick Sniffin’ Glue photographer, business affairs and later band manager Harry Murlowski recorded Love Lies Limp released as a flexi disc record – the first release from Mark Perry’s band Alternative TV. The record is included with this collection. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, Perry ceased publication in 1977 with issue 12. In the last issues he encouraged his readers to follow him with their own punk fanzines and many 100’s did, and often imitated it was never bettered. The early days of the punk movement largely failed to attract the entrance of television or the mainstream press, and Sniffin’ Glue remains a key source of photographs of, and information about, contributors to the scene. All issues, quarto sized mimegraphed stapled sheets, are generally in very good condition, with some staple rust to a couple of volumes, two closed tears to the rear wrapper of volume two, and the odd finger mark to margins here and there. Housed in a purpose made cloth slipcase with leather label to the spine. With just 50 copies of the first issue printed complete sets are now extremely difficult to put together and OCLC records just one incomplete set in the USA and none in the UK.


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