Rhubarb Bomb 2012-2017 Book & Album

by Rhubarb Bomb in Wakefield, England, United Kingdom

Rhubarb Bomb 2012-2017 Book & Album
Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

A book & album to celebrate ten years of fanzine Rhubarb Bomb. The follow-up to our 2012 book "The City Consumes Us" will cover 2012-2017.

by Rhubarb Bomb in Wakefield, England, United Kingdom

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. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thanked personally in the book and a digital download of the album

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A copy of the Book and CD Version of the album

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A copy of the book and CD version of the album + copy of 2012 book The City Consumes Us & CD Album

£15 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£15 Reward

A copy of the Book and CD Version of the album + Rhubarb Bomb T-shirt (black logo on white)

£25 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£25 Reward

Deathchess - In homage to our infamous Chess Battle Interview with Chad from The Spills, the chance to play editor Dean Freeman at Chess. If you win you shall receive a book with the personalised message of your choice + CD + t-shirt + social media celebration of your excellence. If you lose, you get nothing but the pleasure of defeat.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Live Album Bonanza - A vinyl copy of the Long Division albums Post War Glamour Girls (2016), The Ainsley Band (2015), Piskie Sits (2014) and CD version of the Mi Mye (2013) set + the Book and CD Album.

£35 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£35 Reward

Winning At History - 500 words in a dedicated chapter to say whatever you want in the book + copy of the book

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£35 Reward

Winning At History - 500 words in a dedicated chapter to say whatever you want in the book + copy of the Book and CD album.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

The Villain - You are revealed as the Mastermind Villain in the "Alternative Wakefield / Everything Fades" novel extracts scattered throughout the book. Maybe this was all your fault? (includes Book and Album)

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A copy of the Book and CD Version of the album + the Wakefield Secret 7" Collection. Includes 10 7" vinyls by 10 different Wakefield bands, some very limited edition.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£100 Reward

The Coolest Local Business In The World Award - A chance to officially sponsor the book, and in turn, Wakefield Culture in all it's multitudes. We'll bob your name / logo on the first page with special thanks, give you a shout out on social media if you want, and throw a couple of copies of the book in too. Because you are ace!

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