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PRINT March 2003

’ZINES FOR A DAY: THE OTHER ART PRESS

In 1980 I had yet to enter an art gallery. Likewise, I was unaware of Artforum’s existence—or, for that matter, any other art magazine’s—until I came across ZG. Rooting through the anarchist periodicals and music fanzines at Grassroots, Manchester’s most progressive bookshop, I stumbled on the debut issue. ZG didn’t look out of place there. Its signature black, white, and red color scheme mirrored the revolutionary graphic style of the leftist political titles it shared shelf space with; Garrard Martin’s spare, artful design echoed the austere corporate identities of influential independent record labels such as Tony Wilson et al.’s Factory Records and Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records. Curious, I forked over fifty pence, unaware that my world was about to change.

ZG’s founder and editor was Rosetta Brooks, who in the early ’70s had been assistant director of Gallery House, an influential

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