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Book reviews: Pontus Lundkvist - DET GRYMMA SVÄRDET #1
Pontus Lundkvist - DET GRYMMA SVÄRDET #1 (Lystring)
Something like 20 different fanzine writers have joined this project edited by PONTUS LUNDKVIST. It's a strange one too. Email print outs anyone?

As most anthologies both the quality and attitude of the writers varies a lot. There are childish attacks on politicians (which can be good) as well as pretentious student type material (which no-one likes). Some of it is poorly written, and that would be ok if it wasn't for the snobby middle class university student tone.

The music reviewed here is also student type stuff; progressive rock, laptop noise and conceptual sound art, but reading the reviews is like reading some stranger's diary entries. You get more information about what the guy had for lunch than the actual album or gig.

Here's what's good about it: Some of the pages has that familiar and sort of timeless underground look, that reminds me of early 80's fanzine KANNIBAL among others. Collages, comics, hand written headlines and parodies of generic tabloid press. Artwork inspired by anyone from CRUMB to HAUSMANN, with various degrees of success.

There's a feature on an old friend of mine, now known as DAN PARK, which was fun. His art is pretty cool, check it out. We used to do things in the 80's, including an illfated nazis-from-outer-space movie where we stuffed his face with maggots. Now, if you enjoyed that bit of information and would like me, or any other guy you don't know, to go on and on about our friends and what we've done this book may be what you're looking for.

It's not that it's absolutely awful or anything, but as much as I like the initiative the book reads like a random collection of bloggs and in this day and age, why would anyone pay for that? A decent alternative to the tabloids if you need to kill a few hours on a train ride and feel you know enough about PARIS HILTON already.

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