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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 1985; the latest issue is dated April 14th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 28th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership of 4000. It printed practically everything it got sent ("except poetry and party political broadcasts, provided it isn't racist, sexist, militarist or otherwise supportive of oppression"). 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. An indispensible source of local information? a forum for the self-indulgent and self-important? a continuous experiment in collective, de-centralised organisation? Who knew? But in over five years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): two of the Greenham peace-campers are attacked in the night - one of them is hospitalised - and suspicion falls on U.S. servicemen; three other women have been found guilty of criminal damage at the base and one of them now faces a month in Holloway; two members of the Red Brigade are sent down for two years each, for fucking in the dock during their 1982 trial; Liz leaves Acorn; if you didn't understand what that Nosferatu article was about neither did we; and there are calls for patience as work gets under way on the two-mile road scheme that's going to solve all our traffic problems this side of 1990. Road works are expected to last for four and a half years, which means that this concrete monstrosity will be able to handle projected traffic flow for about three months.