“The Cure & the Story of the Alternative 80s” Magazine

So this dropped through my letterbox today.  The curiously titled “The Cure [IN GREAT BIG LETTERS] and the story of the alternative 80s.” [in apologetically small, non-descript, genre avoiding letters].

It’s a potted history of Goth (the Cure don’t even really get any extra coverage), with new interviews and good, in-depth articles.  This is definitely not as gritty as Mick Mercer’s excellent Gothic Rock (still available through LuLu, and highly recommended), but it seems like a pretty good intro.  It does have a lot of really nice photos, many I haven’t seen before.

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Punk! Lives magazine – “the unacceptable face of modern music” – all 11 magazines available online

I can’t find a great deal of information about this magazine, but it was published in 1982/3 and deals with the then current crop of punk bands – Exploited, GBH, Vice Squad the Damned, Vice Squad, Dead Kennedys, Discharge, etc.

It’s got loads of interviews, single & LP reviews and loads of colour posters (bizarrely, all looking very bright and top of the pops-y).

I stumbled upon oldpunks.com and they have a link to a download of good quality scans of all 11 magazines.  But there are other ways of getting it – issue one (only) is available as an e-book (a good place to start), and issues one, three, four, eight, nine and ten are on Facebook.

There is also a fair cross-over with the post-punk and goth scene – here is some of the stuff I found after a quick look (the number is the issue number):

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Bauhaus’ David J on ‘Not Long For This World’ his ‘accidental’ concept album (interview)

Given his goth-rock pedigree, it’s perhaps not surprising that David J — supplier of the low end in both Bauhaus and Love and Rockets — should find himself stumbling into the creation of an “accidental” concept album about mortality. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the bassist’s latest solo effort, the haunting Not Long For This World.

Speaking to Slicing Up Eyeballs from a San Francisco recording studio last week, David J explains the genesis of the dark, cabaret-infected album, which mixes original compositions — including songs about the late Spaulding Gray, Hank Williams and Jeff Buckley — with covers of tracks by the likes of Smog, Ed Harcourt, Tom Waits and Dennis Wilson.

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