‘Official’ Morrissey and Smiths fanzine returns after 20 years
All 12 issues of legendary 1980s fanzine Smiths Indeed are to be reprinted - the first time they have been available for 20 years.
The fanzine, which ran between 1986 and 1989, was the first of its kind and went on to influence dozens of Smiths fanzines and websites throughout the world. Two decades on, copies of Smiths Indeed are still changing hands for high prices on e-Bay.
Smiths Indeed fast became regarded as the ‘official’ publication for The Smiths, who didn’t have a fan club during their five year history.
It was sold exclusively by mail order and was available on the official merchandise stall on the band’s final Queen Is Dead Tour in 1986.
Containing features, interviews, tour diaries, reviews, opinions and exclusive photographs of the seminal band, Smiths Indeed was edited and published by Mark Taylor.
Taylor launched the fanzine at the age of just 16, producing each issue from a bedroom at his parents’ Bristol home.
Published in the dark ages before computers, desk top publishing and websites, each issue was produced on a manual typewriter. Headlines were painstakingly created using Letraset and each issue was collated and stapled by hand in his parents’ kitchen.
At its height, Smiths Indeed was selling more than 1500 copies per issue, with frequent mentions on John Peel’s Radio One show and high profile press coverage in Q magazine, NME and Record Mirror.
Articles in the fanzine were written by Smiths fans from across the world, with many of them using it as a platform into the world of ‘proper’ journalism. Issue four contributor Katharine Viner, for example, is now features editor of The Guardian.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this unique snapshot of life as a fan of one of the most important British bands, Smiths Indeed is now available to a whole new generation of Smiths and Morrissey fans.
From April 4, the first six issues of Smiths Indeed will be available for the first time since the 1986 and 1987. Each issue will be available in a limited run and individually numbered. Issues seven to 12 will be available later in the year, although they can be ordered in advance from April 4.
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