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THE UGLY AMERICAN issue #13

Two things covered (and covered well) in this one, cd/record reviews and interviews with people working in the porn industry.

Although the music reviewed is more of the MTV-Indie or Metal kind than Punk Rock I found it all really interesting, 'cause this guy (J. Marlowe) knows what he's talking about. He spends three or four full size pages on every review, completely dissecting the record and band. He only reviews stuff he is interested in, NOT what labels send him, so you get some good background info on the bands and their previous records as well.

On to the smut. In this issue there's interviews with Pussyman, Katie Gold, Mila, WildBill Witrock and Nina Whett. Most of them are really entertaining too. Especially the one with Mila (see also Sex Lies (Shockin' Truth) And Video Tape) is really funny with some great quotes, like ''My ass is really weird'' and ''My goal is to get arrested''.
And now we know that Nina Whett used to be in a Punk Rock band called El Camicon. Good to read porn star interviews that weren't just made by the video companies themselves and then sent to a few choosen magazines. This is the real deal and just like the reviews, it's done by someone who knows his stuff well.

There's also a piece on editor Greg Chapman's love for Tracie Lords (with some funny childhood stories of him travelling to New York to get his hands on her videos), a few video reviews and profiles on his favourite red-heads. I totally agree with him on the issue of Thigh-High Boots and Elbow-Length Gloves, more of that and keep them on.

210 pages of text, no pictures. Hours of reading, definetly worth buying.

Send 5 USD to:

Greg Chapman
PO BOX 264
Little Silver, NJ 07739
USA
UGLY AMERICAN #13
WARPAINT

WARPAINT - A Collection Of Writers!

The first offering from Sweden's Suicide Publishing. Most of it is written by the very young editor Andreas Hagberg. His style varies from straight forward telling to more 'poetic' stuff. Some of it is funny, most of it is average. It covers school, girls and your usual teenage frustrations. A bit on the 'Emo'-side, if you know what I mean. The over-all theme of the zine is (Anti-) Sexism, and everybody involved carefully points out things like 'capitalism is bad' and 'beauty-ideals and exploitation is wrong'. Taking themselves very seriously.

There's a short interview with Sandra from Feminists Against Censorship, UK and a piece called 'The Porn Debate', that's interviews with five fanzine editors (from Boy/Girl, Retrogression, Miracle and Active Distribution) about their views on pornography and censorship. This section is based on Hagberg's views where the 'zinesters are asked to comment on them, rather than present their own ideas. None of the people are pro-censorship, but most of them haven't watched much porn (or are willing to admit that they have) either, so the 'debate' becomes a bit limited and disapointing. Still interesting, but next time at least get some rabid anti-porn agitators involved too, ok?

Laurie Voelts of Spared fanzine has written something on Cars and Driving, which is mostly car crash statistics. The story about some kid's summer in South Africa bored me half-way through.

I liked a few of the short pieces best, like the story where Hagberg mistook vinegar for ice-tea and his views on what should be included in obituaries. That, some originality, and the fact that Hagberg seems generally open-minded and non-fundamentalistic in his views, saves the zine. Needs more anger and punk rock attitude. Will appeal mostly to others who are doing the same kind of zine.

60 half size pages (in English), no pictures. Only 2 USD ppd world.

Andreas Hagberg
Sorgardsg. 67, 1 tr
586 46 Linkoping
Sweden


He's also looking for more people to get involved with his projects.
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