Book Review – The City is Ablaze!

When you write about music, you take your payment where you can get it. Getting this book in the mail was better than money.

Ablaze! was a UK zine (neither strictly fan- nor strictly maga-) published by Karren Ablaze from 1984-1994, which really hit its stride in the late 80’s. Grouped chronologically, the book functions as a greatest hits or a selected book of poems, reproducing the greatest pages from the zine’s history in all their messy, hastily-photocopied glory. Karren writes wise and funny introductions to each issue, with over a dozen remembrances from people involved with the magazine and it’s absolutely incredible.

You can read the full review, all 2500 words of it, here:

It costs the same as 3 issues of Mojo, or 6 weeks’ worth of NME’s,
and it’s a dozen times more likely to change your life. In fact, you should buy
two of them, because the first one’s going to get read over and over again until
it falls apart. And then what the hell are you going to do?

This book has a website. It’s already available in Europe, but will be released in the US on Record Store Day (April 20th). Go order it. Or harass your local record store.

About ScottCreney

Scott Creney lives in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of "Dear Al-Qaeda: Letters to the World’s Most Notorious Terror Organiztion".
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