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13 June 2017

Punk zines and fanzines find a new home at Monash


The world of "Punk" is making inroads into the Rare Books Collection at Monash, says librarian Daniel Wee.


Monash University Library recently acquired a small collection of important punk zines, fanzines, and magazines to add to the Rare Books Collection.

The inception of the ‘punk zine’ in the mid to late 1970’s saw it explode into the post-punk period of the 1980’s which included the new-wave and hardcore scenes. Their purpose was to provide a platform for fans to communicate with one another and circulate ideas — think of it as blogging. Research potential with these materials lies in the exploration of the non-elite and their resistance to conformity, as well as providing valuable insight into underground and D.I.Y. publishing.

The collection includes numbers 1, 2 and 11 of Punk magazine; arguably the earliest example of the genre.

Punk,  Numbers 1, 2 and 11




Founded by Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom, these were highly influential magazines designed to promote bands, commentary, and the punk rock movement. As a rather well known artist, Holmstrom illustrated several well known Ramones albums. Our bookseller has advised us that number 2 was originally in the possession of Holmstrom, however, there is no evidence of provenance in our copy. Punk magazine popularised The Ramones, The Stooges, the New York Dolls, and was influential in the CBGB NY club phenomenon.

1st Annual Punk magazine awards ceremony
This fantastic original copy of the “1st annual Punk Magazine Awards Ceremony” (below) brought huge media attention due to the recent split of the Sex Pistols and the arrest of Sid Vicious under suspicion of murder. The awards night ensued into a drunken rowdy mess, which saw Lou Reed refusing to take the stage and accept his award for Class Clown.

Nart, Number 1
Best known for contributor Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Nart originated from an artist's collective that focused on punk and new wave in the Berkeley area.

Zone V and Killer magazine are important social document for the evolution of the punk movement as it transitioned into the 1980’s hardcore scene. Sonic Youth founder, Thurston Moore was a major contributor. It also includes an early Sonic Youth poster.


Zone V, Killer and poster of Sonic Youth in Killer

The final issue of Sluggo is referred to as the 'Industrial Collapse' issue, and signifies the transition from punk fanzines to aestheticism. 

Sluggo

The game of industrial collapse


If you would like to view any of the items referred to in this post, please do not hesitate contact us at rbinfo@monash.edu.


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9 June 2017

Storytime for grown-ups


At 11am on Wednesday 24 May, we marked the 17th National Simultaneous Storytime. Libraries across Australia, including our own Berwick Library, organised storytime events to read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.



Of course, it’s usually public libraries and primary schools that participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, but Monash University and Federation University librarians at the Berwick Library decided to give it a go.

Why read picture books as adults?


Aside from delivering a well-earned break from assignment writing and exam revision, the storytime event provided an excellent opportunity to engage university students in various ways.

Students could unpack the themes and ideas behind the stories in a more critical and reflective way than young kids. The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, for example, is a story about perseverance and fortitude. Lane Smith’s It’s a Book, teaches children about print and digital media, while remaining quite cheeky. The value of books like Mem Fox’s Where’s the Green Sheep? can be recognised as expanding children’s vocabulary, while Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat can teach kids how to maintain a schedule. Early twentieth-century farmyard tales, like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories, are parodied in Terry Pratchett’s Where’s My Cow?, a delightful story that sends up the lack of resonance between stories of animals, and the child readers who grow up in the city. Coming back to these stories as adults, and reading them with others, allows for new perspectives and meanings to emerge.

After the librarians read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, students were invited to participate and read a picture book of their choice. As well as being highly entertaining, this provided students with an opportunity to practise public speaking and reading aloud in a relaxed, judgement-free environment. These presentation skills are necessary for oral presentations at university and, for education students, vital for the classroom.

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Carlie Nekrasov (Federation University) and Zachary Kendal (Monash University) reading The Cow Tripped Over the Moon for National Simultaneous Storytime 2017.


Picture books at Monash University Library

During the storytime event, the Berwick Library picture books collection was showcased around the room, giving students a glimpse into a possibly undiscovered part of the collection.

The Matheson, Peninsula and Berwick libraries all have teaching materials collections filled with picture books, children’s literature, and all sorts of puzzles and games. These resources are ideal for education students needing materials for practicums or assignments.

Digging deeper


If you’re interested in digging deeper into children’s literature and picture books, you could take a look at some of the scholarly journals on the genre, available through the Monash University Library:

Children’s Literature
Bookbird
The Lion and the Unicorn
Children’s Literature in Education

Monash also teaches two units on children’s literature: ATS2519 Children's literature: A comparative study, and EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts.







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