Garage (fanzine)

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Garage was a music fanzine based in Dunedin, New Zealand, which was created and edited by journalist Richard Langston. Six issues were published during the 1980s. The first issue was only 18 photocopied pages and produced in a very small edition, but the final issue was printed in a run of more than a thousand.[1]

Langston had returned to Dunedin in 1985 after living and working in London, and he created Garage out of his enthusiasm for the New Zealand music scene at the time.[1] Garage became a reference especially for the nascent Flying Nun scene, with coverage of such acts as (but not limited to) The Chills, The Clean, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, Look Blue Go Purple, The Rip, The Puddle, Tall Dwarfs, The Orange, Doublehappys, Scorched Earth Policy, Builders, Victor Dimisich Band, Chris Knox, Straitjacket Fits, Fetus Productions, and The Bats.

Coverage was also given to international acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cramps, Roky Erickson, Lou Reed, and The Go-Betweens.

Richard Langston is now a television journalist with New Zealand's TV3.[2]


Garage was originally distributed only locally in Dunedin, but by the last issue was being distributed and traded in Australia, Great Britain, Europe and the USA.[1]


As part of the Flying Nun record label’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2011, all six issues of the Garage were digitally re-released on the Flying Nun blog.[2][3]


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