Tony D

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Tony D is a zine editor based in London, England.

Tony D's first zine appeared in November of 1976. Ripped & Torn was one of the first generation of fanzines to emerge from the UK punk scene. The cut and paste zine covered bands such as The Damned, Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, Generation X, Raped, Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, Iggy Pop, Only Ones, Suicide and, in later issues, Throbbing Gristle. Also included are items such as a photo spread on Derek Jarman's film Jubilee, and posters of artists such as The New York Dolls and Nico. The zine was put together by Tony D with help from Skid DeSade and Grant McNally. Other contributors included Jeremy Gluck and Alex Fergusson. At this time, Tony D also contributed to Rotten To The Core.

Selections from Ripped & Torn were included in the book Punk, edited by Julie Davis, which was published in 1977 in the UK. Eighteen issues of Ripped & Torn were released during the period from 1976 till Tony D bequeathed the zine to Vermillion Sands, who continued publishing until 1979.

Tony D moved to London, England and began publishing Kill Your Pet Puppy after ceasing editorship of Ripped & Torn. The first issue was released in 1979. The focus of this new zine was on the anarcho-punk and goth scenes emerging at the time, and was informed by Anarchist and Situationist theories. The bands featured included Bauhaus, Crass, The Mob, Sex Gang Children, Southern Death Cult, The Associates, The Ants, and Alien Sex Fiend. Articles embraced a range of topics and included titles such as "Magick and Anarchy", "In Praise of Stupid Songs", "Gay Punks", "Sid Vicious Memorial Day" and issues such as feminism, squatting and the occult.

The zine was written by a fluctuating group of twelve members of the Puppy Collective, as they were known. The members included, among others, Tony D, Alastair Livingstone, Kilty McGuire, Cory Spondence, Jeremy Gluck and Val Not-A-Puppy. It was distributed by Better Badges. The Puppy Collective were also involved with Wapping Autonomy Centre, an anarchist centre opened from 1981 till 1982, where bands such as Crass, Conflict, Hagar The Womb, and The Apostles played. After this centre closed they were involved with the Centro Iberica Anarchist Centre in 1982, the Black Sheep Housing Co-Op and the Stonehenge Free Festivals of '82, '83, and '84.

Six issues of Kill Your Pet Puppy were produced between the years of 1979 and 1984.



External Links

Tony D's Kill Your Pet Puppy website, which includes some Ripped & Torn material in the photo gallery.