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 July 11th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 25th.

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 800. 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): tempers flare when the "Cosmic Counter Cruise Freedom Festival" descends on Greenham Common; under the banner of "Homes not Offices" Reading Anarchists call a meeting to plan direct action on "homelessness" (i.e. squatting); the European Court of Justice rules that Britain is failing to enforce laws on equal pay for men and women; Showaddywaddy headline at the Hexagon; and a challenge to the Rag's new appearance: If the invention of the printing press inaugurated the bourgeois era, the time is at hand for its repeal by the mimeograph, the only fitting, the unobtrusive means of dissemination.