ABLAZE! - The City Is Ablaze! The Story of a Post-Punk Popzine, 1984 - 1994

"..limited edition of 500 books, signed by the author, hand-numbered, stickered with RSD logo, and with a free gift in the form of a sheet of errata including a long-lost letter from Thurston Moore(providing the concluding piece of the Sonic Youthcontroversy!) And when you read the section of the book entitled Record Shop Skulkers," youll know whyThe City Is Ablaze! and Record Store Day are a perfect match. Ablaze! fanzine was published in Manchester and Leeds in the late 80s and early 90s by Karren Ablaze!. The best bits of this notorious and outspokenly passionately zine are now available in book format. Alongside hundreds of zine pages, The City Is Ablaze! features new writings by Karren and other members of the Ablaze! team, as well as interviews with fanzine writers John Robb (Rox),Dave Haslam (Debris), and Richard Johnson (Grim Humour), essays by DIY cultural commentators Lucy Cage and Deborah Withers, a re-examination of the Riot Grrrl movement, and an epilogue by Gary Jarman. This 320-page A4 book also covers other zines that Karren produced in Manchester and Leeds between 1984 and 1994, capturing an era where DIY was de rigueur and indie actually meant something. Youll be able to read original interviews with the following bands (in chronological order). Eyeless In Gaza, The Membranes, The Stone Roses, The Inca Babies, Tools You Can Trust, The Bodines,Inspiral Carpets, The Pastels, The Janitors,Happy Mondays, King Of The Slums, The Dust Devils, The Shamen, Cud, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies, Throwing Muses, The Sundays,Thrilled Skinny, Rapeman, UT, Dog Faced Hermans, Edsel Auctioneer, Mudhoney, AC Temple, fIREHOSE, Band Of Susans, Henry Rollins, Live Skull, Kilgore Trout, The Sun And The Moon, The Breeders, Happy Flowers,Silverfish, The Keatons, The Stretchheads,Pregnant Neck, Mayomberos Alive, Fluff,Archbishop Kebab, Nirvana, Pale Saints, Mercury Rev, The Heart Throbs, Babes In Toyland,American Music Club, Hole, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Shudder To Think, The Wedding Present, Leatherface, Nation Of Ulysses,Tsunami, Poster Children, Sugar, Moonshake,Hood, and Polvo. The book also includes irate letters from Morrissey and Thurston Moore. The City Is Ablaze! reads like a musical history of the late 80s and early 90s, a history that could only be obtained by surfing the sliproads, sneaking backstage at a thousand shows, sleeping on strangers floors and living to type up the tales of the sounds that defined an era." - Ablaze!

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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