RED RAG (cover illustration)

Back Issues

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Established 1979
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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1982; the latest issue is dated December 25th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on January 9th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a print run by now of over 1000. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, or supportive of oppressive religions"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And it was free.

This issue (scan / txt) was brought to you by those few members of the Red Rag collective whose revolutionary commitment extended to not observing bourgeois christian festivals. It was distributed more by luck than judgement and has undoubtedly become a rare collectors item. It was printed at a secret location and came to you by the magic of mimeo. It is being paid for by any means possible which means you lot have got to send cheques, giros used fivers etc. to the rag c/o Acorn, 17 Chatham street. The last cheque we wrote bounced, and our bank manager wants to see us to discuss the conduct of our account. This time we really do need money, or all rags will look like this.