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A collection of sixty-six issues of The Catalogue
Rough Trade Distribution (from issue 63), London 1985 - 1985-1991. 4to. Stapled wrappers. 14pp.-48pp. The collection consists of issue 22 (January 1985) then a consecutive run from issue 25 (April 1985) to issue 89 (February 1991), which seems to have been the final issue. (There are a few cases of incorrect numbering, as issued.) Published monthly (except for November/December), 'The Catalogue' was the UK magazine 'for the independent music trade', providing wide-ranging features, label and radio spotlights, opinions, interviews, listings, reviews, independent charts, and marketplace news. Each issue is also full of record artwork, band photos, label adverts, and distributor listings. As a result, 'The Catalogue' is as thorough and committed a document about independent music from the period as one can imagine, and its striking artwork and design add to its dynamism and enjoyment. Boon explains in his opening editorial that the magazine 'has made a significant contribution to the development of the independent sector, as a source of information both to the trade and anyone with a professional interest in independent music, as well as the general reader. the essential role of 'The Catalogue' [is] as a switch, helping to make connections and provide a flow of information, as an access, a reference and a tool.' The founding editor Kelly closes her parting editorial: 'Being independent doesn't guarantee quality but it's still true that most good music is on independent labels. / So, resist the chain retailers taking too much power, resist the tyranny of the charts and, of course, the rising tide of censorship and conservatism!' Present across the run are thirty-six flexi discs (in thirty-two issues), including Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Spacemen 3, Test Dept, Butthole Surfers, The Mekons, Inspiral Carpets, Saint Etienne, The Soup Dragons, The Sundays, Band of Susans, Throwing Muses, The Lightning Seeds, Lydia Lunch, Galaxie 500, The Smiths, Lunachicks, Renegade Soundwave, Napalm Death, and John Zorn. This collection seems to encompass every flexi disc included with 'The Catalogue' in its history. There are also various inserts, primarily to advertise labels such as Soft Immolation or Third Mind, and bound into issues are an independent artists supplement, a John Peel supplement, a supplement to coincide with the New Music Seminar, New York, and Musexpo Trade Fair, London, and a Lydia Lunch centrefold. Other featured subjects and artists (additional to those with flexi discs) include Creation Records, Blast First, Factory Records, Warp Records, One Little Indian, Genesis P-Orridge and Temple Records, The Pastels, Coil, Wire, Nitzer Ebb, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Swans, Blurt, Cocteau Twins, John Giorno, Nick Cave, Hank Wangford, Bill Drummond, Einsturzende Neubauten, vinyl production, fanzines and the music press, US and foreign marketplaces, retail trends, major label conservatism, The Archive of Contemporary Music, the Leeds scene, alternative venues, censorship, German independents, licensing and copyright, and very many less well known artists and labels. Also included are four issues of 'The Independent Catalogue' (issues 2, 9, 10, and 12 (1993-1994)) edited by Jenny Lewis, which replaced 'The Catalogue'. It would appear that 'The Catalogue' only commenced retail sales with issue 36; in any case, as a magazine for the trade it was not widely available, and such a large, complete run would be very difficult to form. Overall Near Fine, with only very occasional actual wear. One page of issue 54 has had its tail edge neatly clipped, apparently where there was a One Little Indian offer for readers - the magazine was apparently issued with the offer removed. A few of the (untested) flexi discs show signs of degradation, and some have small, light creases, but generally they appear to be unused. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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