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 October 3rd (scan / txt); the next one is due out on October 17th.
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): The Peace Camps at Greenham are evicted and Acorn Bookshop's telephone goes dead for 48 hours: solidarity or sabotage? The Labour Party Conference is stirred into responding (to the former) and overwhelmingly passes a comprehensive motion on unilateral disarmament and nuclear free zones. Local participation in the NHS day of action was unimpressive; candidates for the Conservatives' cuts in Social Services are spelled out in detail; temperance, poetry, urban planning and pirate radio. And Red Rag's 4-page pullout guide to Reading "as distributed at the University on Thursday" (scan / txt).