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ROLLERDERBY #10 1993 (page # bad fanzines)

LISA CARVER, Editor

ROLLERDERBY #11  1993 (no page #)  LISA CARVER, Editor

Name matching thing for the in crowd.

ROLLERDERBY #13  1993(cover) LISA CARVER, Editor

Cover by Dame Darcy

  • Uncategorizable, incomparable and still available at Forced Exposure, who write, “A recent voyage into the realms of inventory calculation revealed a small cache of back issues of Lisa Carver’s once-loved fanzine, Rollerderby. We offer them here for the last time ever, a final glance at some early 90s cultural detritus, Dover-NH style…”
"Bill Callahan is one of the great thinkers of our time - one of those very few people possessing the (self-created) isolation in which one may linger over just a few moments instead of scurrying from activity to activity, from friend to friend, tripping into a new instant before the old one’s done."
ROLLERDERBY #13  1993 (page smog)
SMOG review by LISA “Come Here Often?” CARVER, Editor "Bill Callahan is one of the great thinkers of our time - one of those very few people possessing the (self-created) isolation in which one may linger over just a few moments instead of scurrying from activity to activity, from friend to friend, tripping into a new instant before the old one’s done."
ROLLERDERBY #13  1993 (page smog)
SMOG review by LISA “Come Here Often?” CARVER, Editor

"Bill Callahan is one of the great thinkers of our time - one of those very few people possessing the (self-created) isolation in which one may linger over just a few moments instead of scurrying from activity to activity, from friend to friend, tripping into a new instant before the old one’s done."

ROLLERDERBY #13  1993 (page smog)

SMOG review by LISA “Come Here Often?” CARVER, Editor

CONFLICT 45 Aug./Sept 1987 (page 5) Gerard Cosloy, Editor

  • Damn, we forgot…yesterday was Letter To A Fanzine Friday! Oy, this holiday schedule has us all outta sorts. We’re drinking Xmas gift Whistle Pig all night, yelling at families on the Game Show Network at grandma’s house, dropping down into Nicki Minaj YouTube rabbit holes - expanded now to include Cassie and Azealia Banks and a half dozen others. 
  • So this is like the third or fourth post this week in which we’ve highlighted Nicki Minaj. But hey, have you seen this hip hop pop tech stuff from the late aughts/early teenz? It makes the Rollerderby Traveling Circus look like The Donna Reed Show. Sure, the  vidz are eye poppin’ and the songs are wacked broklyn beats laced with amphetamine syrup, but the collective underlying theme that really dazzles us is this: evisceration of male privilege. It almost puts Priests’ backs up against the wall – almost (that’s the Washington DC band aka 666priests666, not the bad dudes in frocks).  No disrespect to Priests, a band we absolutely love ‘round here, but that vid where Nicki Minaj and Cassie burn down the barber shop/salon on behalf of all wronged women or the one where Gaga and Beyoncé rampage Natural Born Killers style delivers a message loud and clear: our days of cisgendered male privilege are fucking numbered, pal. Surely you kids are familiar with these tech-pop male priv takedown maneuvers already, but if it’s new to us, then it’s new to us.
  • As part of this effort though, we took the time to (partially) transcribe some of this Priests song from one of our fave 2013 tapes: So here’s something funny about the signing of the US Constitution. There were 55 people who signed it. They were all rich white men. 15 of them owned other people who were forced to do work for them in order to survive, called slaves. All 55 of these white men owned land. If you were not a wealthy white man who owned people or land, you were decidedly not invited to decide what this new country was going to be about…unless you are a rich, land owning, cisgendered, heterosexual white man man man through and through, things have always been bad for you here…I am a big believer in to each their own, but the idea that this country is really wonderful and that we should be grateful is wrong, totally wrong.  This is some, ‘He hit me and it felt like a kiss’ logic…But Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is a step-by-step process and the first step is knowing, understanding that this country was not made for you and it is built on lies and murder.”
  • Yes, we totally agree with that sentiment, Priests!  But while it’s easy enough for the Fuckin’ Record Reviews senior editors to agree on fairness and justice for every individual despite the aforementioned USA atrocity exhibition, it seems like an almost meaningless sentiment (i.e., not nearly powerful enough) when faced with the real life tensions of a buncha people in a room.
  • Alternately, we’ve been sifting through Azalea Banks’ music and related controversies. To wit, from her Wiki page: “In regards to her musical style, Banks has frequently been noted for the use of profanity in many of her songs, particularly her reclamation of the word "cunt," examples including her debut single "212", in which she uses the word more than ten times, or other songs such as "Fierce," in which she refers to herself as the ‘cunt queen.’ Banks attributes this to her upbringing in Harlem, saying, ‘…I’m from Harlem. I went to art school; I grew up with the cunts. And that term doesn’t come from me! People think I invented it, but I didn’t. To be cunty is to be feminine and to be, like, aware of yourself. Nobody’s fucking with that inner strength and delicateness. The cunts, the gay men, adore that. My friends would say, ‘Oh you need to cunt it up! You’re being too banjee.’ Banjee means unrefined and rough. You need your cunts: they fix your hair for you and do your makeup. They give you confidence and give you life.’
  • …and, so it goes…
  • <wipe collective brows, nervously adjusts necktie again>
  • What was this post supposed to be about again? Oh yea, we forgot to post yesterday’s Letter to A Fanzine Friday! No wonder we forgot, we’re so distracted! If it were not for an email yesterday from our colleague Klimt In Blue Smock, we totally woulda blanked.  Klimt was like, dudes, you need to post a letter from Torky Koenings.  He was this guy who’d write Gerard Colsoy and Bill Callahan and alla the zine editors every five minutes back in the late 80’s heyday.  Since we celebrated Gerard’s 49th birthday on 12/24/13, we might as well link to that by posting this 1987 letter from Torky to Gerard.
  • Internet sleuthing reveals that Torky is someone named Lance Koenings.  He was interviewed for this pretty good 2008 article about Inland Empire zines from the late 80’s, which said, “One author not seeking to be well liked through his ‘zine work is Lance Koenings. Based in Big Bear in the ’80s, Koenings became disgusted with the music scene and underground culture. ‘Aside from the music stinking, I thought a lot of people seemed to have this very lackadaisical, right or wrong attitude, the slacker thing that metastasized into the grunge phenomenon,’ Koenings says. ‘Basically, people were being pretty lame and the music was terrible. So, it wasn’t so much a fanzine as it was more like an antago-zine or something like that. Making an effort to confront people; that was probably a bit overboard in the way I presented my opinions.’  Over the course of a few years, Koenings published Hellbound and Determined, a ‘zine dedicated to the failings of the music scene, plus Chaos Box (“a continuation of the same thing”), and Open Up and Bleed To Death (which consisted of 30 single-spaced legal sheets written in a 12-hour period).
  • There you go. While we haven’t checked all ten billion internet pages, we’re pretty sure this is the first ever post linking Torky Koenings with Azealia Snail Banks and the scapegoating of femininity. May it be the first of many.

ON THIS DATE IN FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS HISTORY! (sort of)

UGLY AMERICAN #666 1990 (page 10)

  • Ed embraces the chaotic vortex that was the stage at the Rollerderby traveling road show, 1990.
  • Costes always looked distressed. Lisa never did.

Welcome back to LETTER TO A FANZINE FRIDAY!

ROLLERDERBY Issue #3  Fall 1991 (no page #)

Letter from Coz The Shroom to Lisa Carver (Editor)

  • Coz The Shroom was a frequent collaborator of Lisa Carver’s from the early 90’s until 2001. A recent video of Coz The Shroom playing at Sux by Suxwest 2013 (an actual anti-event separate from SXSW) is below.

  • Lisa Carver’s book Reaching Out With No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono was published by Backbeat Books in October 2012. An excerpt appeared in the New York Times on 10/19/12. You can link to her NYT piece here. In that excerpt Lisa wrote, “Yoko Ono is not pretty, she is not easy, her paintings aren’t recognizable, her voice is not melodious, her films are without plot and her Happenings make no sense…Most of her stuff is not even there. This is why I love her. This is why we need her. We have too much stuff already. It clutters our view, inward and outward.”
  • Iceberg Slim gained acclaim in the 60’s and 70’s as a writer reflecting on the really bad things he did as a pimp, especially to women. While Iceberg Slim is a complex figure in America culture and literature, he was likely a sociopath who abused and terrorized vulnerable women who fell within his orbit. Despite this, Ice-T produced a 2012 documentary about Iceberg Slim called Portrait Of A Pimp. We’re uncertain if the film reflects on this chronic abusiveness and sociopathy, although the trailer portrays him as a hero. We’re also not sure if it features Johny Ratt.
  • Speaking of complex figures, GG Allin died 20 years ago in 1993. He would have been 57 on 8/29/13.

fuckinrecordreviews:

Rollerderby Issue # 3 Fall 1991

Love Child Okay? “review” by Lisa Carver

Sunday afternoon encore!

(To our knowledge, Lisa’s questions have never been satisfactorily answered in a public forum.)