Michael Iafrate of Rock & Theology blog recently chatted to me about Converstaions With Punx. Iafrate is currently working on essays, and a short book, on punk rock and religion. He was thrilled to discover my project, along with my pal Brian Peterson’s book Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution in Ethics, Politics, Spirit, and Sound, which explore spirituality in the punk & hardcore subculture (Iafrate interviewed Brian here).
ROCK & THEOLOGY: From your website bio, you have a lot of experience as a zine writer. Can you say something about the role of zines in punk rock culture, for those readers who might not be familiar with them?
Zines gave (and still do give) the punk community a voice. Zines document what’s going on from an insider’s point of view and from a fans perspective. It gives you a chance to express your thoughts and feelings. It’s an art form to me. I love zines because absolutely anyone can make one and the possibilities for it are only limited by your imagination. Making a zine can also help connect you with like-minded people all over the world, reciprocal networks stem from that—as does amazing friendships in many instances. I love the communities that zines and those that are involved with them create. Zines provide an alternative to mainstream media. I have read some of the most powerful and moving stories ever in zines.
For the complete interview please check out: Rock & Theology