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 June 13th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 27th.
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.
In this issue (scan / txt): 250,000 people join a CND outing in Hyde Park and the Reading Anarchists (Special Boat Squadron Faction) swim the Serpentine; against stubborn opposition from the Labour Party, women march for the right to work, but the national media choose not to report this one; Radio 210 gives the impression that vegans advocate the destruction of all domestic pets; we list the steady diet of sex films showing at local cinemas but fail to comment on it; an undesirable element has a go at the Rape Crisis Line for holding their benefit gig at a venue which employs bouncers; and the Reading Legalise Cannabis Campaign rolls up for the last time.