The JAMMING! COVERS
This is bringing back some memories, believe me. I've kept one set of the first four issues - the baby Jamming! that was little more than a school project - in a folder all these years that I barely ever open (not least because I can't bear to read the naive contents). In fact, I was so embarrassed by the first issue for so many years afterwards that I do believe this is the very very first time I've ever reprinted the cover! As for numbers 5-9, many more were printed - up to 2000 by number 9 - but they're all extremely rare. After that, the print run allowed for greater availability. Click on any of the images to open up a larger picture. Now up: covers 13-24 and 25-36.
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Number 1: December 1977.
In The City. Six pages of tripe run off on the school Roneo machine. (Typos could not be corrected!) Then again, we (Lawrence the heavy metal fan, and me) were only 13 years old. Print run: 50.
Number 2: April1978.
The first Jamming! (We discovered another fanzine called In The City.) Printed on a different school machine but still finding its feet. Another school friend, and my future band mate, Jeff Carrigan, drew the cover. Print run: 100.
Number 3: June1978.
Not bad, actually, considering I was still 13! This is the one Keith Moon signed. (Read the anecdote.) First attempt to take photographs. The Virgin store at Marble Arch even took some copies. Print run: 200.
Number 4: August 1978.
The last of the school magazines, rush-released for the end of term! An incongrous mix of ELO, The Jam, Thin Lizzy and Bob Dylan. Lawrence left soon after in disgust when he discovered I'd interviewed a band called Adam and the Ants. Not very good, to be frank. Print run: 150.
Number 5: October 1978. The first of the 'real' Jammings. Professionally printed in Hastings (thanks to Jeff's dad), lots of photos, and some REAL interviews. Got lots of stick from other fanzines for being too clean and clinical, but the spray-painted logo was a stroke of marketing genius. We presented Jamming like it was a leading fanzine and overnight, it was. Perception=reality. Print run: 1000. (Mind you, we only sold 500.)
Number 6: December 1978. A scoop interview with Pete Townshend, as well as Tom Robinson, Alternative TV and a band called Scritti Politti. We tried being more street with the design and got confused. A local printer did such a bad job with the photo repro that we photocopied the front cover instead, stapled it onto the old one and charged the printer the difference! (The ink is coming off my only photocopied cover though, so this was scanned in its polythene wrapping.) Print run: 1500. (We sold 750.)
Number 7: April 1979.
Treading water editorially, this issue almost didn't make it. Finding a printer who wouldn't either charge pro prices or mess it up (as per issue 6) had proven so dispiriting I thought it was over. Then Joly at Better Badges, who I'd been pestering for an advert, told me he was buying his own printing press and I could be his guinea pig. Saved! Print run: 1000.
Number 8: August 1979.
The 'New Band Issue.' Suddenly, Jamming was fun! Joly let us use all manner of different colors and charged us at cost. Fanzines everywhere went running to him for a similar deal and didn't get it. We were able to offer the best value for money of almost anyone. Content was shit hot as well. Print run: 1200, all sold within a month.
Number 9: November 1979.
The best issue ever, probably, in terms of pure fanzine energy and confidence. The Jam interview was hilarious, there was an editorial about the rampant 'tribalism' of the time that drew responses from major media, and Mark E Smith even sent a letter saying The Fall interview was the best he'd ever read. Print run: 2000. All gone in 3 weeks, and finally, the unsold piles of issues 5 and 6 disappeared off my bedroom floor.
Number 10: August 1980. Ten months off: Did we rest on our laurels? Actually, we did our O-Levels. (Still at school, remember?) Plus our band was starting to gig. And we'd discovered girls. Anyway, the first cover designed by Robin Richards of 5th Column t-shirts fame. He wanted me to leave the contents off the cover and I refused; looking at it now, of course, he was right! A cool cross-section of bands, with the Damned interview the funniest I've ever done in my life. 44 pages for 30 pence. Print run: 3000.
Number 11: January 1981. Another Robin Richards-designed cover; he did the cover contents himself! (No more of my dodgy Letraset.) After promising to put the magazine back on a bi-monthly schedule, it had still been six months between issues, partly because we over printed the previous one, and also because Joly's press was now so popular, we had to join the queue of fanzines awaiting cheap printing. (We still got it cheaper than the others though.) Jeff was no longer contributing, though we still had the band together. Print run: 2800.
Number 12: July 1981. Robin's cover again, a brave design of lettering only. Though the scheduling was irregular, every issue seemed to be a step forwards; this one was the first with wrap around printing. (I.E. A4, not A3.) Robin designed a couple of pages inside too. It would be a year until the next issue; now there was a Jamming! Records to run too. With newsstand distribution starting up, I went for a print run of 5000.


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THE JAMMING! MAGAZINE ARCHIVE CONTENTS...

JAMMING!s 1-12:
The covers and their contents

JAMMING!s 13-24:
The covers and their contents

JAMMING!s 25-36:
The covers and their contents

The HOMOSEXUALS
From 1979

TONY PARSONS on
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1984

THE JAM
Interviewed in 1979

KILLING JOKE
interviewed in 1981

ADAM ANT
Interviewed in 1978

PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978

U2 interviewed in 1984.

PAUL WELLER ON POP
from 1982

The Story That Spawned Creation from 1982

ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978

RAYMONDE
interviewed in 1985

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