posted by davidt on Tuesday March 07 2006, @12:00PM
Mark Taylor writes:
Smiths Indeed

Press release

‘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.

For prices and more information, please contact: [email protected]
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  • Especially for many of the younger fans who weren't around at the time. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Agent Provocateur -- Tuesday March 07 2006, @12:22PM (#201861)
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  • "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."

    Bless. Now that is devotion.

    I would love to get my hands on these! Looking forward to it.
    Wilde is on my side -- Tuesday March 07 2006, @02:42PM (#201899)
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    I am the meek, I am the righteous, I am the Morrissey fan.
  • Remember the fanzine well....in fact, I found some of my old copies the other week when I was clearing out the garage (how much are they going for on ebay then???)

    Each issue was like another Smiths product with its own set of cover stars. Fantastic publication...those that followed were mere imitators ! Hopefully you will make a bit of cash in re-issuing them, Mark...
    armadillo999 -- Tuesday March 07 2006, @03:21PM (#201908)
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  • ...are they gonna be on sale?
    Anonymous -- Tuesday March 07 2006, @03:24PM (#201911)
  • The whole process worked like this ...

    You sent Mark a stamped addessed A5 envelope and a postal order for £1 (at least I think it was £1) and waited for 2 months.

    Now you click twice with a mouse and its free. Kids these days, you don't know you're born.

    I had two articles published. One under my own name. Up to that point in my life I think it was the most exciting thing that had happened to me. And possibly since too, come to think of it.

    Quintin (aged 37 and a half)
    Anonymous -- Wednesday March 08 2006, @04:22AM (#201963)
  • I was one of those who contributed , my article was included in an edition , cant recall which one but if i recall it was regarding the Interesting drug 12 inch single and how miffed I was about 2 different sleeves etc etc. I have about 6 issues of Smiths Indeed in my attic somewhere which I wouldnt part with..... glad to see its returning , im just surprised Mark has never made it into an official website.......anyway , good memory's.
    stircrazy -- Wednesday March 08 2006, @11:54AM (#201999)
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