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The Black Hole (Fanzine)
It is 25 years in 2010 since the Peace & Freedom empire(!) began, and Hayley Tagg's 'The Black Hole' was the fanzine that kinda pushed me into starting up 'Peace & Freedom' in 1985. Hayley's Mum, Denise Tagg, passed away in 2010. My Mum, Thelma Rance, weakened by both a stroke and breast cancer, died on New Year's Day, 2012. They were both beautiful women - inside and out. - Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
The Black Hole No. 2
The best value for money 'zine I've seen. 40 pages much of it in small print represents great value at 15p. Beautifully laid out - neat headings. Good in-depth interviews with Kate Garner, Farmers Boys and Room 101. Extensive Monochrome Set i/view, but a bit facile. Other i/views in issue 2 are done with APB, Screen 3, Negative Response, Window Test and Garden Of Delights. A profile of the pervie poet Eugene is included (give him a bar of soap somebody).
Gig reviews on The Smiths, Harry The Spiders Coming Out Party/Pink Peg Slag, Fiat Lux, Bourgie Bourgie, the perverted Fall, and a finely written report on Screen 3's last gig. Eugene and Russel Manley (Norwich's David Bailey) do a hatchet job in the tape review section, and sassy Hayley does an A-Z (virtually) 'zine guide (this ed. obviously doesn't just read the editorials!).
- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 1, January 1985
The Black Hole No. 3
TBH has lost some of its innocence, but is still the best 'zine around. Big names, too, which transmorgrifies Paul Dimitrius Rance's skin colour to that of grass. The in-man, King, is interviewed, but as with the Dr. Feelgood i/view, is a bit too short. Of the others, Karen McD's Bluebells interview and comments are good fun; Flesh For Lulu get a massive, well-written build-up, but The Commotions interview seems a bit muddled. Other i/views include Fiat Lux, Cloud 9, Mystery Girls, The Fire and Northern Dancer.
Gig reviews are excellent and the standard of writing is the highest I've seen in a fanzine (as regards gig reviews). The Cure, Clash, Style Council, Redskins, Farmers Boys and New Order gig reviews are particularly notable. Tape reviews... uuuuuummmm. I won't waste words on people like Jason & Jason. A lot of fanzine reviews, but as space is a catch 22 situ (Hi Kev!), brevity is rife.
- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 2, Summer 1985
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