Rhubarb Bomb formed as a fanzine in 2007 in the city of Wakefield. It has released physical zines, runs a blog, wrote for the Wakefield Express for over three years and created and runs Long Division Festival. It writes about DIY culture in the city, sometimes reflecting on the wider world too.
In 2012 we successfully Crowdfunded a book and album covering 2007-2012, which saw the rise of DIY culture against a backdrop of economic depression and a move from the Blair years to the uncertain future of a coalition government.
Now, we once again seek support to allow us to compile a new book covering 2012-2017 and an accompanying album featuring artists written about in the zine. We'll seek to combine local and DIY culture events and put them in a wider context that will appeal to fans of music, alternative culture, zines, social history and the eternal struggle of the artist, wherever you are from.
The second five year wave of Rhubarb Bomb was very different to the first; Wakefield, the music industry and the world have all changed an awful lot. This campaign will allow us to compile the work of Rhubarb Bomb over this time, including lots of unreleased and newly commissioned material. If it isn't successful, that work will be left to gather dust on various hard-drives, limited paper issues, old press cuttings and abandonned websites.
We've purused the archives already; here's a taste of what we have found:
Content from unreleased issue 6.2 (2015) / Long Division 2013's Choose Your Own Adventure (with over 40 chapters) / Best of the 171 columns written for the Wakefield Express, including banned work / Controversial articles "Is It Time Wakefield Music Collective Called It A Day?" and "Has Wakefield Music Reached Extinction?" and their responses / Runaround Kids Irish Tour Diary / The Full Clive Smith Story / Unreleased Ainsley Band Tour Diary / Retarded Fish Reformation / Extracts from abandonned "Everything Fades" novel featuring real-life Wakefield characters / Scripts from incomplete "A.W." comic strips set in Wakefield / The Cribs Return (s) / Anatomy Of A Gig (one of our most popular articles + follow-up) / Long Division Retrospectives and comments on hiatus / Best of the Letters page including unprinted ones / First contact with Post War Glamour Girls 2012 / Interviews with departed bands including The Ainsley Band, Imp, Protectors, Red Riding Quartet and Skint & Demoralised / Interviews with heroes including Josie Long, RM Hubbert, The Wave Pictures, Mi Mye, St Gregory Orange, Clue Records and Top Five Studios / Articles on all manner of DIY Culture including Record Store Day, Rehearsal Spaces, Corporate Festivals and Generation DIY / Extracts from running series such as Why I Zine, How I Write and Working Artists / Key releases reviewed including Runaround Kids, Allusondrugs, Piskie Sits, NARCS, jamiesaysmile and loads more / Notable events including our Hepworth shows, Plays & Pints, EDL Marches, the opening of Wah Wah Records, Invisible Britain, the end of Black Flag and The Hop, the return of Players, the immergence of Crux.
We're also really pleased to have some great bands on board, who will donate exclusive tracks to the compilation. We'll update the project as the bands come on board.
The book will be approx 300 pages long (may end up being more..!) and will include photos / illustrations too. We expect it will be released in September 2017. All Crowdfunders will get a personal thank you in the book.
All the items you can buy through this Crowdfunder will be made available at a launch event, or from a city centre business where you'll be able to collect them - any postage is not included.