This essay will examine the usage of fanzines and its effect on Punk Rock as a subculture. Drawing references from previous literature reviews on Punk and fanzines, this essay will try to identify fanzine as a product of D.I.Y culture and how it was intended as an alternative media as opposed to mainstream media, this essay will also try to examine the effect of fanzine in Punk as a subculture. The word fanzine itself is derived from the words “fan” and “magazine”, indicating that the writer of a particular fanzine subculture is usually the fans of the subculture itself (Ventsel 150). In the context of Punk, fanzine is made as a rough and bluntly produced media; moreover, the rise of fanzine is originally intended to capture the nature of Punk as a working class rebellion (Simonelli 137). However, not every Punk fanzine is originally rooted from the working class. An example could be seen from Scotland’s first Punk fanzine “Hanging Around” which is made by several middle class art school university students (Atton 520). According to Triggs, fanzine emerges during the first wave of Punk Rock and could be defined as “a little publication filled with rantings of high weirdness and exploding with chaotic design”, and is accompanied by harsh and viral uses of languages (69-73). Moreover, Triggs continued by stating that fanzine is essential in developing ideas and practices in Punk (70), an argument which is supported by James where he pointed out the importance of fanzine in the formation of Punk as a subculture (35).
- Tri Wicaksono