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Precursor to a blog, the Eighties' underground music fans read news via 'zine'

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In the Eighties, the fanzine " "zine" for short " was the forum of choice for motivated young minds and agitated cranks to rant about music in Oklahoma.

 

One could find the publications at the hipper record stores " self-published, often-Xeroxed manifestos often ornamented with anarchy symbols, band logos and maybe a vintage call to arms like "No Future"; their pages crammed with record reviews and interviews with young bands, all shamelessly opinionated and endlessly fascinating.

 

Norman had the zines Blatch, Dry Heave and Wretched Vomit; Stillwater had Third Rail; Tulsa had Unzine; and Bartlesville had Smegma and Bad Meat.

 

In the very early Eighties, Norman's Kirk Fillmore launched two short-lived but memorable zines: Voxx and Facade. As amazing as it seems now, these shoestring-budget pubs managed to land interviews with big stars of the day, including Laurie Anderson, Stray Cats and U2.

 

BAD MEAT

Of all these publications, Bad Meat was perhaps the most unique. A strange little publication, its post-ironic humor made much use of ultra-conservative religious tracts, hopelessly clich

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