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ZINE SPOTLIGHT: I Trust My Guitar #1

ZINE TITLE: I Trust My Guitar #1

ZINESTER: Rachel Aggs, singer/guitarist/violinist of Trash Kit

RELEASE: January, 2012

ORIGIN: London, England

SAY HELLO: rachel.aggs@gmail.com, http://r4ggs.tumblr.com/


I Trust My Guitar is a music fanzine that i have just finished making. Issue One is about African music, not sure what the next issue will be about. there are lots of spelling mistakes and i had to glue two of the pages together because there was an odd number. the title is taken from a Magik Markers album that i like.


I wanted to make a zine that’s an unpretentious take on music from around the world. I love talking and writing about music but i’ve always felt like because im not technically ‘good’ at writing i didn’t have a voice - reading zines made me feel stupid for thinking that and seeing as music writing often seems either so caught up in whats hip or being willfully obscure and highbrow, i thought i’d carve out my own space and make my own noise.

i want to write personal, goofy stuff about the music that inspires me and the people who make it and use this process to learn more about different cultures and histories ETC.

i’ll be selling issue one at all the TRASH KIT shows but if you can’t make those and you’d like a copy then get in touch: rachel.aggs@gmail.com i dont have paypal yet but im happy to accept zine/tape swaps as payment!

POCZP member Osa Atoe’s review:

This is the loveliest zine I’ve read in a while. Some parts hit so close to home, I feel as though I could’ve written the words myself.

"I Trust My Guitar" is a zine by Rachel Aggs, a musician & artist from London, England who plays in the bands Trash Kit and Covergirl and adores The Ex. Her bands are in the vein of arty, exploratory post-punk, but this zine is all about her love of African music.

I love the way she reveals bits and pieces about her own life and identity and also manages to tie African LGBTQ politics in with her writing about her favorite music from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali and beyond.

She dedicates her zine to the late David Kato, a Ugandan teacher and LGBT activst, interviews Eddy of Dream Beach Records, writes about musicians Bernard Kabanda, Mohammed ‘Jimmy’ Mohammed, Getatchew Mekuria and much more!


COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Any POC zinesters in London??

Looking for people to give zine readings/talks/workshops as well as having a stall at the GGB Zine Fest 25th August in East London!

Please message me or email girlsgetbusyzine@gmail.com

(it would be soooo much appreciated if you could post this for me please, really striving to have a diverse feminist zinefest  <3)

Community: If any of you participate in this event or contact the organizers, please share your experience and send us any questions, comments or concerns.

Girls Get Busy is a non-profit feminist collective supporting female writers, musicians and artists with a monthly zine. They are based in London, UK and curated by Beth Siveyer.

We haven’t partnered with them in the past and their online store doesn’t seem to have any zines by people of color at this time … We also don’t see any documentation online that confirms that GGB has ever done anything to specifically support zinesters of color.

Also, the question “any POC zinesters in London?” kinda implies that GGB isn’t already informed about zinesters of color in London (of which there are several). But perhaps that’s just provocative phrasing to encourage people to respond.

… We’re cautious about what we signal boost on this Tumblr, but this opportunity seems like a lot of fun for those who have the means and time to participate.

We’re especially interested in connecting with POC zinesters overseas, so if this helps accelerate that process, great! <3

For other non-poc who are interested in collaborating with POC Zine Project, please read our FAQ made especially for you

We hope that GGB makes involving zinesters of color a priority and that our signal boost aids in those efforts.