At one time, our only friend....
At IBWM we'll happily cite the influence of the fanzine on our lives, be it the sublime When Saturday Comes or even further back with the wonderful sniffin' glue, but The End was something truly special.
Long before casual was ever really recognised as a youth cult a group of Liverpudlians created a home-made fanzine capturing life on the streets of their city, the local music and political scenes, and not forgetting the terraces. It was very funny, very roughly laid out and very popular. Its greatest champion was John Peel who would regularly name check the magazine on his Radio One show and also invited the editors onto national television to discuss their cult fanzine.
Hardcore fans of The End have been badgering the former editors to bring out a best of for decades. Now Sabotage Times and adidas have come together to help them finally produce one volume with every issue in it. The book will include every Ins and Outs list, every music interview, every letters page, every one of the classic End illustrations.
For details of how you can become involved, and also get your cumbersome mitts on something that is causing all manner of thigh rubbing at IBWM towers, just head over to Sabotage Times.