Desert Island re-releases Kicks #1 to benefit Norton Records
Like a phoenix rising from soggy ashes, Kicks #1 (the music fanzine, not the magazine about sneakers) has been reprinted by Desert Island. This special edition serves as a fundraiser for Norton Records, whose vinyl collection was flooded and damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Gabe of Desert Island tells us a little bit about the project:
Kicks magazine began in 1978 as a fanzine devoted to obscure rock, soul and rockabilly, and was the first collaboration between vinyl-hound Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, the original drummer for The Cramps. Billy and Miriam were later married, and still later formed the Norton Records label. The label has proven to be one of the most enduring independent rock labels in history, issuing and reissuing countless rock ‘n roll obscurities from both well-regarded and unknown artists.
In late October 2012, Norton’s Brooklyn warehouse was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, destroying over 30 years of vinyl releases and printed matter. The label has been struggling to continue, but is starting to make a comeback with a vast army of analog loyalists cleaning records and hosting benefit concerts.
To contribute to the comeback, Desert Island has reprinted the impossible-to-find Kicks Magazine #1 as a donation and fundraiser for Norton. The 100-page book contains tons of great articles about the Shaggs, Everly Brothers, Flamin’ Groovies, and many others. A crucial text about the secret history of rock and roll!
The BZF organizers recently picked up a copy of Kicks #1 from Desert Island — it’s a great read, and a fascinating time capsule! Help Norton Records get back on their dancing feet by getting your copy from Desert Island’s table at the Brooklyn Zine Fest on Sunday, April 21st at Public Assembly.