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HISTORY OF PEACE & FREEDOM MAGAZINE

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Peace & Freedom magazine first appeared nearly thirty years ago, in January, 1985. Originally an underground and indie music fanzine, which was sometimes anarchic and rebellious, it contained articles about bands, interviews, poetry, rant verse, short stories, art, reviews of music and gigs, and social and anti-establishment comment. The original mission of the magazine was also to promote humanitarian, animal rights and environment causes, and to provide an outlet for creative people whose work encompasses these ideals. Sometimes Peace & Freedom came with a free gift, such as a flexi disk, badge, or sticker.

The magazine was created and founded by Paul Rance, with the help of budding poet and musician, Andy Bruce. Rance had previously been involved in the Small Press world, publishing his own booklets of poetry, and a contact, penpal, and general interest magazine called Harmony, through 1981-1984. In many ways, P&F grew out of Harmony, changing the emphasis to music and poetry, and becoming more idealistic.

Causes and ideals frequently championed through the pages of P&F were love, peace, freedom, animal rights, vegetarianism, respect for all life, women's rights, anti-sexism, a green earth, anti-war, nuke disarmament, respect for all life, charities, anti-hard drugs, race equality, apolitical, anti-materialism, anti-ageist, anti-capital and corporal punishment, and encouragement of all 'good' creativity. Peace & Freedom also encouraged a revival of Hippie philosophy, the spirit of punk, and gained strength from the music of the sixties. The hippie culture still persisted in the 1980s and had joined forced with the anarcho punk peace movement. The New Age travellers had rekindled many hippie traditions and beliefs.

The ENVIRONMENT cannot afford to be a passing fad. If you genuinely care about your children and grandchildren, then no love for today can make up for thoughtlessness regarding tomorrow. They won't have our future. The creatures, and trees, and plants we cherish will be denied them. For that we will never be forgiven. Don't let things slip away. It doesn't matter how small your ambition. You will make a difference.

At PEACE & FREEDOM we want to make people think about their surroundings, and challenge the unacceptable - be it a neglect of our environment, or just downright cruelty to man or beast. It's your world, sit back and accept defeat, and defeat will be what you deserve.

PAUL RANCE, Editor, Peace & Freedom

The early issues of P&F were typewritten and photocopied, sometimes printed in coloured ink, until the late 1980s, when P&F began to be commercially printed. During the 1990s we began to use computers to help with layout. With a change to an A4 format and the introduction of writing competitions in 1991, P&F shifted its emphasis to that of a more literary magazine, also publishing short stories and essays.

By the early 1990s, the fanzine craze of the 1980s was nearly over. Due to the impact of the Internet and increasing postage costs during the 1990s, Peace & Freedom began to be published less often. The Peace & Freedom Press site was launched in May 1999.

There were also a number of tape magazines that featured poets and musicians who had appeared in Peace & Freedom magazine over the years, including new people as well. Each C90 cassette was hosted by Paul Rance and included poetry, reviews, interviews, news, short stories and underground music. The tape magazines lasted for around two years, running from 1990-1992. The cassette format was brought back later, from 1998-1999, with two issues of Peace & Freedom Radio.

PEACE & FREEDOM RADIO is a 90 minute audio-cassette, hosted by Paul Rance, featuring "music, poetry, news, chat and mayhem". I have often thought that poetry should feature more on radio programmes and that poems written today should have a wider audience. So I was excited by the idea of this tape before I heard it. I liked the mixture of music and poetry. I would have liked more poems read by the people who wrote them but, unfortunately, the sound quality suffers from home recordings. Other poems were competently read by Paul Rance, Andy Bruce and Andrew Savage. I soon got used to the laid-back presentation and the fun of it, but there are serious reviews and poems on the tape as well.

VOICE & VERSE, No. 2, Winter 1998

 

The tapezine featured work from the likes of Don Campau, Alien Planetscapes, Attrition, Brad City, Jad Wio, SST, Sarah, Pauline Williams, Craig Runyon, Gypsy, Man's Hate, The Peace & Freedom Band, Josh Samuels, Michelle Prieto, Emerald Cleve, Andrew & The Cucumbers, Lovely Ivor, Margaret Connaughton, Thelma Rance, Andy Bruce, Andy Savage, Tracey Cook, The Unavailable Pomegranates, Hayley Tagg & Fiona Snelson, Mary Wallace, Janette Clutton, D.F. Lewis, Super Trouper, Das Freie Orchester, Gerald & Christine England, Daphne Richards, Fox Sparrow, Sarah Allison, Black Cab-age, Sara Burlace, Alanna Buckley, Tea For Two, Contact Obsession, APF Brigade, Susan Thomson, Yximalloo, Debra Lyn Negus, Michael Militello, Tony Downing, Hush Puppies, Stepford Husbands, James Ashworth, Laura Rodley, The Third State, Jerry Schroeder, Christine A. Findlay, G. Tomlinson, Gina Bergamino, Loretta A. Remak, Gary M. Nicholson Jr., June Cook, Mike Balding, E. Pryor, and Carol Proud.

A lively and feature-filled 90 minute audio cassette magazine with poems, music, reviews and general mayhem. Paul Rance is the host, assisted by Andy Bruce, and the result is quite unique! This one comes with the stunning Tapeworm Tapes Sounds of the Century - unmissable!

ZINE-ON-AN-EMAIL, July 1999

The Peace & Freedom Band was formed in late 1986 by Rance and Bruce. Later Band members have also included Andy Xport and Andy Savage. Promoted the same causes and ideals as the magazine, though through music.

Popular Small Press poets, writers and underground/indie musicians and bands who have graced the pages of Peace & Freedom include Henry Normal, Steve Sneyd, Andrew Darlington, Andrew Savage, Chumbawamba, Ian McNabb, Man's Hate, and Nick Berry, when he was in EastEnders.

Paul Rance says: “Thanks are in order to five people in particular for inspiring us, and helping us to get to where we are today. Hayley Tagg for her Black Hole fanzine, which really influenced us into launching Peace & Freedom magazine; Julian Smyth (Rain Tapes) and Andi Xport (I.S.C.) for their compilation tapes, which motivated us re. making our own music, and distributing it ourselves. Finally, two women who are no longer with us, Freda Moffatt and Dorothy Bell-Hall, whose kindness of spirit was an inspiration.”

The Peace & Freedom Archive, which can be found on our underground/indie music page, features music and fanzine reviews that originally appeared in the pages of Peace & Freedom, together with interviews with musicians and bands of the time.

- Andy Bruce/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

Peace & Freedom Issues 1985-2000

Issue Date Cover Price Format Pages
Issue 1 January 1985 15p A5 28
Issue 2 Summer 1985 20p A5 32
Issue 3 January 1986 35p A5 32
Issue 4 Summer/Autumn 1986 45p A5 42
Vol. 5, No. 1 Summer 1987 40p A5 32
Vol. 5, No. 2 Autumn 1987 20p A5 16
Vol. 5, No. 3 Spring/Summer 1988 50p A5 44
Vol. 5, No. 4 Autumn/Winter 1988 75p A5 54
Vol. 6, No. 1 Spring 1989 75p A5 50
Vol. 6, No. 2 Summer 1989 75p A5 46
Vol. 6, No. 3 Autumn/Winter 1989 75p A5 36
Vol. 6, No. 4 Spring/Summer 1990 50p A5 24
Vol. 6, No. 5 Autumn 1990 50p A5 24
Vol. 7, No. 1 Spring 1991 50p A5 28
Vol. 7, No. 2 Summer 1991 50p A5 28
Vol. 7, No. 3 Winter 1991 70p A4 16
Vol. 8, No. 1 Autumn 1992 £1.00 A4 16
Vol. 9, No. 1 Summer 1993 £1.25 A4 16
Vol. 10, No. 1 Summer 1994 £1.75 A4 20
Vol. 11, No. 1 Spring 1995 £1.25 A4 20
Vol. 12, No. 1 Summer 1997 £1.25 A4 24
Vol. 13, No. 1 Autumn 1998 £1.50 A4 16
Vol. 14, No. 1 Early 21st C 2000 £1.50 A5 32

Peace & Freedom Tape Zines

Issue Date Price Description
No. 1 Spring 1990 £2.50/$6 90 minutes of music, reviews, weird interviews, comedy, poetry.
No. 2 Autumn 1990 £2.50/$6 Poetry, interviews, reviews, news. Mentioned on Radios 1 and 2.
No. 3 Winter 1990 £2.50/$6 Jefferson Airplane, Crisis and History Lesson. Andy Savage, The Beatles, The Byrds, P&F Band omnibus, sporting moments. Short stories from Des Lewis and Sarah Allison.
No. 4 Spring 1991 £2.50/$6 Paul Rance album, Gary Nicholson, Laura Rodley, Albanian Folk, Velvet Underground, P&F Band.
No. 5 Summer 1991 £2.50/$6 Music, poetry, fiction, news.
No. 6 Summer 1992 £2.50/$6 Poppy Factory, Debra Lyn Negus, Jerry Schroeder, Freddie Mercury,Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Joan Sanderson, Marlene Dietrich Tributes, Carol Proud, Jean Shrimpton, Robert Morley, Mary Wallace.
Peace & Freedom Radio Summer 1998 £5/$11 Lovely Ivor, Andrew Savage, Robin Kenton Savage, IFM, Dave Burrows, Ingrid Riley, John Callow, Matt Nunn, Jupiter Rising, K. Lake, Richard Clewlow, A.K. Whitehead, Baker & Kelly, Mariana Zavati Gardner, One Last Fling, Michael Ferry, Robbie The Robot, The Peace & Freedom Band, Simon Brown, Jon Summers, The Andrew Savage Interview, Share The World, Gerald Hampshire, Koye Oyedeji, Doreen King, Lucy, reviews and adverts.
Peace & Freedom Radio Spring 1999 £5/$11 Hosted by Paul Rance, Marvin Bubba, and Nigel Pretentious. Featuring Tapeworm Tapes Sounds Of The Century. Lovely Ivor, Brenda Axworthy, Doreen King, Francis Rawlinson, Tony Jones, Daf Richards, Eric Gazeley, Albanian Folk, Sheila Hattie, Terence Hattie, Susan Heathcote, Anne Sanderson, Andrew Savage, K. Lake, Drift Radio, Electrified Blancmange, and Sheila Janes.

Last Modified: 01 November, 2013