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Glossolalia #7

Subtitled "An L.A. Punk Zine," Glossolalia was a photocopied, garage-punk zine from Los Angeles, California. U.S.A. created by Ron K and CHAS. It was known for its interesting interviews with garage-punk bands as well as its brutally honest record reviews, sarcastic local scene reports as well as a feature in which the classical-music, composer-father of one of the editors reviewed punk music. Though initially popular amongst the scenester-set it soon became known as "L.A.'s most hated zine" due to its editors alienating some of the local zines like Flipside, Ben Is Dead and Fiz magazine.

With each issue approximately 600 copies of the zine were distributed for free at local clubs and record stores. Mail order customers were charged $1-$2 per issue (stamps were accepted in lieu of payment). The zine was started by Ron K who was studying for his Masters in Library Science at UCLA. A paper he was writing -- about the history of zines -- sparked his interest in starting a non-political punk zine. A friend of his, CHAS, was recruited to co-edit and do layouts and help with interviews. CHAS had access to a copy machine at a friend's workplace and would photocopy after hours for free. Read More...

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