In 2002, Hampstead Achieved opened at K Jackson's pub in Edinburgh, a popular artists' hangout. The exhibition was a showcase of zine activity from Scotland and beyond. Curated by Alex Pollard and Neil Mulholland, the show was packed with the naughty ideas that one associates
with samizdat or under the counter visual material and writing by artists. Fake bands, fake fanzines, biting critique, nonsense visual poetry and unabashed nerdiness provided an intellectual jolt for those who had forgotten their Dadaist spirit (Pollard and Mulholland 2003).
The zine culture
of Scotland has now moved on somewhat, sprouting newer and even naughtier zines. The samizdat material included in this journal provides a sample of the kind of sport that would certainly be included if there was ever to be a Hampstead Revisited exhibition.
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