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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1984; the latest issue is dated May 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 readership of 4000. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, supportive of oppressive religions, or boring"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And in four and a half years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): Rumours of soldiers in police uniform at the miners' picket lines just won't lie down; Acorn raise money for their Right to Read defence with an Alternative Cabaret benefit; Reading Festival might be able to run at the Richfield Avenue site one last time; the Famous Going Out Guide is promoted from poorly typed with a faded ribbon to handwritten (does nobody care for the OCR correctors of future years?); and - buried in what for the Rag is an unusual plea for restraint in animal liberation - we find our first mention of a new disease: AIDS.