Zines and 60 years of sub-culture celebrated at Barbican Music Library

Barbican Music Library’s current exhibition, FANZINES: a Cut-and-Paste Revolution, traces the development of zine-making from the 1940s to the present day.

The exhibition (1 – 30 August) coincides with this year’s PUNK LONDON festival and will feature an extensive range of self-published material, which will be on display in both the music and the main library.

Featured zines include VAGUE, Sniffin’ Glue, Bam Balam, Fatal Visions, Hysteria, Third Foundation, Arty, Rising Free, Ricochet, Shocking Pink, Freakbeat, Crowbar, Chainsaw, In the City, Bikini Kill, Don’t Dictate, The Spirit of Revolt, Sunday Mirra, and Smiths Indeed.

David Buckley from Barbican Library said:

“FANZINES: a Cut-and-Paste Revolution offers a snapshot of 60 years of subculture - from early Sci-fi zines to the identity-based productions of the millennium via Punk, Riotgrrl and Pop – to create a fascinating and highly visual show. My colleagues and I at Barbican Music Library are hugely grateful to University of the Arts - London College of Communication and St. Bride Library for loaning material to the exhibition.”

The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages Barbican Library, invests £80m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the country’s biggest funder of culture after the Government, the BBC and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


For more information, please contact:

David Buckley, Barbican Library

Tel: 020 7638 0569 / Email

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Features), City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 1452 / Mobile: 07795 333060 / Email

About Barbican Music Library:

Barbican Music Library is part of Barbican Library, the largest of the City’s public lending libraries, and is free to join. It is one of the most significant public music lending libraries in the country, with over 15,000 CDs and DVDs covering a range of different musi­cal styles. It also boasts a stock of nearly 16,000 music scores and an extensive collection of books about music and musicians; and over 70 periodicals covering different aspects of music and recording, with selected back issues available for reference. Eight listening booths are provided, in which recordings from the lending collection can be listened to free of charge. Two digital pianos are available free of charge for practice purposes.

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as a world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre, Barbican Library, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Library, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, London Metropolitan Archives, a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge), Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey, over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. The City of London Corporation is London’s Port Health Authority and also runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. For more details, visit