RED RAG (cover illustration)

Back Issues

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Established 1979
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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1982; the latest issue is dated January 10 (scan / txt); the next one is due out on January 24th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, was a fortnightly illegible free newspaper aiming to publicise and encourage a wide spectrum of subversion and culture in Reading. It aimed to keep people in touch, with an events diary which spanned the activities of groups as diverse as organic gardeners and anarchists; anti-nuclear activists and civic planners; wild-eyed liberals and woolly communists. It contained news and views and details of things to do in and around Reading which the local press couldn't or wouldn't touch. In its first 2½ years of existence it had managed to offend a surprisingly large number of people - well beyond its circulation of under 600.

In this particularly poorly printed issue (scan / txt): tame vicars and sump oil take a stand against the Bomb and "Pagans against Nukes" put in their first recorded appearance; there are initiatives to set up a federation of tenants and community groups, a silkscreen course for the unemployed, a socialist netball team, and an El Salvador Solidarity Campaign but probably not all at the same time; "French and Saunders of the Comic Strip" are performing in nearby Bracknell; and the alternative directory of Reading grows to one entry.