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Created 25th July 2014 by Martin Ryan

Exhibition

Fanzine: Ghast Up

Ghast Up fanzine ran from April 1977 until July 1977. The original idea for starting a fanzine was Mick Middles' who I think had seen Sniffin' Glue, 48 Thrills etc in the old Virgin shop on Lever Street, Manchester and deduced that it was possible without incurring massive printing and publishing costs, although at that point we were not sure how we would print it and what the costs would be.

The tipping point was a letter to the New Hormones address on the back of Spiral Scratch EP that elicited a phone call from Pete Shelley inviting us to interview the band in Manchester. From that point it was a case of how rather than if.

Only 3 issues were published, all being produced on a Roneo Stencil machine. Issues 2 and 3 were printed on a machine purchased in Ashton-Under-Lyne that came full of green ink. Despite adding black ink, we never got rid of the green, which became our trademark colour. The exhibition includes scanned pages of the 3 issues together with other artefacts associated with the magazine and it's production.
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