Feel the Noise: The Promotional Allure of Punk Fanzines

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter examines the use of zines to promote the subcultural activities and institutions central to Ottawa, Ontario’s independent punk scene. It argues that zines both promote and emerge from the creative, social and professional activities shaping the city’s music scene. This is accomplished through a close reading of the zines Small Talk, City Slang and The House of Targ Zine that highlights how social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram are integrated within the distribution and promotion of these zines. The chapter concludes that the convergence of fanzines and social media platforms not only suggests the promotional allure of fanzines, but also raises further questions about the commercial value of DIY activities for these social media platforms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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