November 1977, no. 17. Staple-bound, glossy wraps, 21.2 by 27.5 cm, 63 pp. Near fine with only faint signs of cover wear. A prime example of a zine going pro (and then dying). Bomp!, which began as Who Put the Bomp!, was started in 1970 as a mimeographed affair before adapting to a standard periodical format. It lasted for twenty-one issues. The publisher, Greg Shaw, was a record collector who came from the world of sci-fi zines and “is cited as having introduced the term ‘fanzine’ into the vocabulary of music fandom. He defined fanzine in this case as a term ‘for mags which were about single bands or branches of the rock family tree’” – a very broad definition. Issue 17 features “England’s Screaming – A Special Close-Up on the British Punk Explosion!!” with an iconic image of Mr. Rotten on the cover. To squelch complaints that Bomp! was introducing too much new music, Gary Sperrazza, the new managing editor, writes “Neither Greg nor I can condone a mass public’s tolerance of stagnancy.” Included are “A [illustrated] Chronology of the U.K. Punk Scene,” Greg Shaw’s essay on the development of punk and new wave in England and the States, punk politics (“the kids are mostly right”), “The Home-Grown Record Revolution,” The Dictators, the Zeros, DMZ, The Weirdos, and Blondie, along with the regular zine and record reviews, new releases, discographies, and editorials. First Edition.
Title: Bomp! Issue #17 [Sex Pistols cover] November 1977
Categories: Music, Punk,
Publisher: Burbank, CA, Bomp Enterprises, Ltd.: 1977
Book Condition: Near Fine
Seller ID: 2394