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NORMAL MAN #4 NORMAL MAN - issue #4
This 32-pager is from Sweden's best known fanzine maker FREDRIK KULLMAN. He's done tons of zines and is a dedicated fanzine collector as well. He's got a background in punk and hardcore but the zine covers a lot more, and it's all in swedish, so if you're a foreign punk you can stop reading now. Unless you wanna sell him some old fanzines that is.

This issue has two main punk features. A 5-page interview with yours truly and 8 pages of MOB 47 interviews you can read while waiting for their upcomin reunion gigs. These interviews are well done and cover some of the swedish punk scenes the last quarter of a century (God, I'm old).

There's also a good short interview with fellow zine maker PONTUS LUNDKVIST who is entertaining in his own negative, ultra anti-mainstream way. His comments about the term ''unsigned bands'' made me laugh.

Comic artist JEFFREY BROWN is interviewed as is some former child actor. The first one is alright, even though I don't know his work, the second one is really uninteresting. There's a very pretentious sounding guest writer who goes on about some german film he's seen, and I'm sure you all guessed what i thought about that.

There are a few other short pieces, no ads and no reviews. The whole thing is scattered with drawings that doesn't illustrate the articles next to them, which is a bit odd. It's not bad, in fact most of it is a pretty good read. Price unknown. Contact normalmanfanzine@hotmail.com for more.

UMEZINE - issue #10
Sweden's number one skinhead fanzine UMEZINE is celebrating their tenth issue.

There's interviews with DROPKICK MURPHYS, DISCONVENIENCE, PERKELE, AGENT BULLDOGG and THE CLICHÉS. All of them well researched and well written. The one-two-punch editor team of ANNA and ÅBERG have a passion for oi! and punk music that makes everything worth reading, even though some of the bands aren't that good or even interesting.

This issue continues the local Punk History from issue #9 and takes a look at the french Oi! and Skinhead scene through out the years too. 12 pages of record and fanzine reviews and lots more.

Professionally printed on good quality paper. On top of the 50 pages there's an additional 16-page inlay of festival reviews and the whole thing is still only 20 SEK.

As always the editorials, reviews and interviews with Swedish bands are in swedish while the interviews with foreign bands are in english.

Very well written. Though it covers an international skinhead/punk scene it hasn't lost it's original and sometimes very funny local touch. Buy or die.

UMEZINE ISSUE 10
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