by Marc Fischer
Chicago: Public Collectors, 2011
Pages: 28
Format: PDF
Resolutions: 300 dpi
Sizes: 8 1/2 in x 11 in

This booklet was created to accompany a presentation of over two hundred photocopied fanzines from the collection of Marc Fischer during a two day reading room event at The  STOREFRONT in Chicago, Illinois. This selection of 'zines was also shared alongside over two hundred audio cassettes featuring many of the bands that are featured in these publications. Viewers were invited to play cassettes of their choosing while reading the 'zines.

UNDERGROUND MUSIC FANZINES from the late 1980s - early 90s was presented on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 &.7,2011, from 12-5  PM at The STOREFRONT, 2606 N California Avenue, Chicago, IL. Directed by Brandon Alvendia, The STOREFRONT is an exhibition, event, and publishing venue in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. It is designed to support local artists working on either temporary and/or long-term sustainable projects. Projects will be archived and published for international distribution. www.alvendia.net Special thanks to Brendan Alvendia for hosting this Public Collectors event and to Jen Blair for copy editing on the essay.


Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public. The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged.

In addition to hosting collection inventories and other information, www.publiccollectors.org includes digital collections that are suitable for web presentation, do not have a physical material analog, or are difficult or impossible to experience otherwise, Additional scans of 'zines can be found on the main website and on the Flickr page of Public Collectors.

Public Collectors is administered by Marc Fischer.

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Romain Bobichon on 4th Jan 2024

What a good zine !


Daniel Perry on 23rd Mar 2023

I was really impressed with the quality and level of detail that is put into these pubs. I'm looking forward to browsing new titles. I was also surprised how they sell out so quickly.