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 May 30th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on June 13th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a dedicated readership by now of over 750. It aimed to publicise and encourage a wide spectrum of subversion and culture in Reading; it kept 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. And it was free.

Behind this issue's (scan / txt) two-tone cover (did Acorn buy that offset litho press then?): as the body count piles up Maggie pays host to a friendly little visit from ex B-movie actor Ronald Regan and we reprint some of his choicest lines; the Greenham Common peace camp is evicted and sets up shop again just a few yards down the road, this time on MoD land; the Rape Crisis Line gets ready for its launch in July; Peter Watkins is to remake "The War Game"; Burghfield peace camp reports its first arrests; and the Pope's having trouble with his contacts.

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole place over by noon and be home for dinner.