Deviation Street is evolving. It always has been, shifting its shape , its format and its content.
Originally a 1977 fanzine featuring interviews with the likes of The Jam, Richard Hell and The Stanglers with a smattering of features on local and emerging bands, it lasted like all good fanzines for just a few issues as the people who had put it together found themselves moving onto other things, unemployment, fine art ,families . The thought that hard copies of such a thing as a fanzine and the whole genre of Punk would one day become the stuff of much sought after archival material didn’t cross the minds of those who were actually participating in such ventures. Punk was as much about a change from the tedium of a mapped out life as it was about the music. It was also two fingers to the establishment that included the tiresome cliches of former counter culture bands who were drifting into the comfort stadium rock and luxurious lifestyles. You didn’t need a mansion and a Maserati or a ridiculously expensive guitar to make good and relevant music. The titans of rock had become Boring Old Farts.
Issue 1 of the 1977 Deviation Street fanzine
There was no long term plan for Deviation Street with its DIY Ethos so once it stopped, it stopped. However, in recent years there has been a renewed interest what was happening back then. Resurrecting Deviation Street with its same DIY ethos intact but with a much wider scope that would include art and the written word and provide a platform for the self taught and those working in the margins as well as those whose work we felt was important to cover .
Issue 3 of Deviation Street Magazine
Evolving and ever changing the new Deviation Street Magazine moved from a 62 page stapled edition to a more glamorous perfect bound full colour production before settling into a 16 page broadsheet format . That’s until the pandemic came along and the decision was made to place the concept of print on hold and instead focus on the development of a new website .
I could bang on about the differences between this, the current site and the new, greater user experience and engagement, with a store to buy merchandise, limited edition prints and a range of books and records signed by the artist themselves, along with new writers new articles and so forth. Suffice to say we are moving and that the direction we are taking will become evident when the site becomes active .
Stay tuned Stay safe Love Your Street x