Teal Triggs has nice things to say about bOING bOING (the zine that predates the blog) in this fun BBC audio slide show.
It is a literary subculture that dates back to science fiction publications in the 1930s but it was the niche music scenes of the 1960s and 70s that really helped the fanzine genre flourish.
In her new book - Fanzines: The DIY Revolution - author and avid collector Teal Triggs explores the history of these publications. She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme how they have changed in recent years to embrace the multimedia age.
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