RED RAG (cover illustration)

Back Issues

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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 28th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on May 12th.

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): following the cycles of the moon, the next Cruise convoy is predicted out on Salisbury Plain in May; a mass trespass onto the dispersal area is planned; this would be easier to arrange at the weekend, but the MOD refuses to co-operate over the timing. Fifteen new hospitals are to be built and then stand empty, waiting to receive American and N.A.T.O. personnel in the event of nuclear war; the Greenham Food Van will spend the summer supporting a re-opened Red Gate camp; fifty ways to kill the slugs in your back garden (some of them without flattening Reading in the process); and something quite disparaging about the situationists.