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Thursday, January 5, 2012

An Exhaustive History of Motorbooty Fanzine

Posted by on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

The Comics Journal's Frank Santoro has written an epic feature on the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based fanzine Motorbooty (named after the 1978 Funkadelic LP Motor Booty Affair). Edited by Danny Plotkin and the great visual artist/Big Chief guitarist Mark Dancey, Motorbooty was a hysterical, sacred-cow-skewering zine that also published one of the best assessments of Miles Davis’ electric period and a crucial survey of Sonny Sharrock’s career.

But sober music analysis ranked low on the Motorbooty staff’s agenda. Instead of printing hundreds of record reviews, like many zines of the ’80s and early '90s did, they found myriad clever ways to deflate punk-rock orthodoxy and underground rock’s critics’ darlings and the customs of the fans who kept those mostly laughable fools solvent. The satire, parody, and snark—written by folks such as Mike Rubin, Barry Henssler (singer for the Necros and Big Chief), Rob Michaels, and other wiseguys—were consistently A+. Rubin’s article “When Good Bands Start to Suck” (reprinted in the feature) remains a classic deconstruction of tragic artistic trajectory.

Read the piece and then try to find copies of the mag, which probably fetch large prices on eBay. I need to find my issues, although I think they may have been ganked during my 2008 Cali-Seattle moving fiasco. Damn it...


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Estey 1
Didn't know you lost zines then too, Dave (chiming in, *ARGH*). I don't have that many Motorbootys but if I find one in the stacks, I'll set it aside for you. (One of my favorites was the ICP scandal issue(s), but I think that's later period when it was very posh.) Wish I'd collected them all.

However, if you ever need to borrow some Black To Comms (thanks, Tim Hayes!) or Ben Is Deads etc. ...
Posted by Estey on January 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Good lookin' out, Chris.
Posted by Dave Segal on January 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
Some of the best features ever written about P-Funk and the Stooges (great Pedro Bell interview). Stayed with Mike Rubin and his Brooklyn flatmates during the CMJ Convention, ca. '89 or so.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on January 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this

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