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TIMOTHY WHITE
An obituary by Chris Charlesworth
The REZILLOS:
Back On The (Flying Saucer) Attck
The iJAMMING! interview
RICHARD BUTLER
(at last)
Featured Mix CD
Grandmaster Flash Essential Mix Classic Edition
THE JUNE HITLIST
30 Albums, 10 Songs, 5 books and a handful of movies.
MAY MUSINGS
Eight Days in A Week's Music:
Ed Harcourt, Vines, Candy Butchers, Timo Maas, Ashley Casselle & Adam Freeland, Aerial Love Feed, and enough little club nights to shake several sticks at.
LONDON MUSING
Tony's (lengthy) trip down nostalgia lane from his visit home at the end of April. Stop-offs include Death Disco, old Jamming! Magazines, life-long friendships, road trips to Brighton, Damilola Taylor and political frustration, Morrissey-Marr, Zeitgeist, Oasis, Dexys, Primal Scream, the current British music scene and more.
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
Jack magazine comes out of the starting gate with the banner headline "best new men's mag in years."
FEATURED WINE:
Ternhaven Cellars Claret d'Alvah 1998
FEATURED ALBUM:
'Hard Grind' by LITTLE AXE
REMARKS REMADE
Why I re-wrote the book: The introduction to the new edition of my R.E.M. biography, due out this summer through Omnibus.
EARLY APRIL MUSINGS
Chemical Brothers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Westerberg, Skywalking, Joe Strummer, Radio 4, and Aquatulle.
KIDS IN AMERICA
A weekend with John Mayer, Sugarcult - and Elvis
IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL LIE IF I WANT TO
Michael Greene's Grammy Speech: An Invitation to Download?
Plus: 10 things they forgot to tell you at the Grammys.
THE VILLAGE VOICE PAZZ & JOP POLL
What the Hell Is Going On Here?
From the Jamming! Archives:
PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978
"A number one single would be a bit scary."
The iJamming! interview:
CARL COX
"'Acid Trax' by Phuture came out and I was just 'Okay, forget all hip hop and all old school rare groove right here, this is it.'"
The Best Of 2001
Tony Fletcher's Top Albums, Concerts, Singles and Books - and comments on the Village Voice Poll
MUSING on The Manhattan 'Edge':
Will the Island Ever Again Be A 'Cultural Ground Zero?'
GOLDEN SHOT
hostess 'Lee Patrick' recalls her time as Keith Moon's amour
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: "Flowers is Echo & The Bunnymen's finest hour since Ocean Rain."
HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online
From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.
"It's not U2 that's creating this great art. . .There's something that works through us to create in this way."
iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA
"New world wines are just too techno for me."
Featured wine region 3:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE WHITES
Featured wine region 4:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE ROSÉS
iJamming! interview:
Jesse Hartman, aka LAPTOP
"Every New York band knows the meaning of failure"
MIX Albums:
Who, what and why you should bother
The iJAMMING! interview: DAVID SYLVIAN
"I don't think people realize that life can become so exciting and interesting that it can draw you away for long periods of time from creating music - & why not?"
From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .
The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

"If I was asked why Sniffin' Glue was so important, it was the way we conducted ourselves, the style of it, just the attitude. It had attitude in abundance didn't it?"
Forgotten Classics:
THE CHILLS: Brave Words
THE iJAMMING! Book Review:
SNIFFIN' GLUE: The Essential Punk Accessory
From the JAMMING! archives: PAUL WELLER ON POP
Featured wine region 2:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES
From the JAMMING! archives: ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978
TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
Featured Artist Web Site:
LLOYD COLE
From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation
Featured vine:
VIOGNIER:
Finally, a worthy rival to Chardonnay.
The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.
"Once you've had your go, what-ever it may be, they want you to piss off, and they can't bear it if you come back, they can't bear it."
Featured wine region 1:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE
The full iJamming! Contents
WHAT IS iJAMMING!?


Back in the heady punk rock heyday of 1977, I started a fanzine at school, following the famous encouragement of Sniffin' Glue founder Mark Perry that "it was easy, it was cheap, go and do it." Truth is, it wasn't always easy and the printing bills certainly weren't cheap, but I did it anyway. And I had fun. For many years. Until eventually the business realities of running a monthly magazine got in the way of the creative energies, it stopped being fun, the bean counters took over and so finally, almost a decade after it was launched, the magazine - Jamming! - folded.

The Internet allows everyone to 'publish' their own 'zine without risking even a fraction of the costs involved in going to the printers, finding distributors, chasing up payments from individual stores and hustling for advertisements. If you want your voice to be 'heard' then the Net provides, in theory, the most level playing field in human history. A large reason for publishing Jamming! throughout my teens was NOT so that I could be scouted by bigger (i.e. paying) media, as seemed the intention of almost everyone else who started a fanzine either then or now, but to have my own soapbox, without fear of being censored or edited. Is my opinion any more important than yours? Not really, and if you don't want to hear it/read it, link yourself right on out of here. But in those moments when I tear myself away from the major projects that dominate my life - writing books, raising a family - I find myself craving a soapbox more than ever. There are things I want to say, and the editors I deal with at newspapers, magazines, publishing houses and web sites, bless every one of them, have commercial considerations that don't always coincide with my instinctive creative urging. Hence the website. My own irreverent, but hopefully not entirely irrelevant, soapbox in the truly global speaker's corner that is the Internet.

So why revive the name Jamming!?

I have long wanted to archive the material that was published in the magazine over its nine years and 36 issues. It's too minor a project to justify a coffee table book, but here on the Net, I can gradually post old covers and articles as time and energy allows. I'm probably the only person to have every single issue of the original Jamming! on hand; more than that, I know I'm the only person to have held onto the full manuscripts of my old interviews, so as I post these to the web, consider them the directors cut, or the CD reissue with the bonus tracks.

Secondly, although everyone always assumed the name Jamming! Was chosen in homage to a certain band that provided the soundtrack to my youth (as they did to so many of my friends as well), it had just as much to do with the Bob Marley single of 1977 and the definition of the verb 'to jam,' which loosely means to make music in an unrehearsed manner. Jamming! always seemed a good name for something as informal and loosely scripted as a music fanzine, and it seems even better for a web site - especially taking into consideration the fact that the concept of 'culture jamming' didn't exist back in 1977 but seems highly pertinent to what I'm attempting here.

Finally, why not? One thing I've learned about growing older is that while it's essential to try new ventures and to always keep moving, it's pointless to try and out-run your past. Even if you lose it in the rear view mirror, you'll find it waiting for you around the next corner whether you like it or not. And I quite like mine. iJamming! allows me to look back on the past and look forward to the future while getting off on the present. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Tony Fletcher, October 2000
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