The first twelve (and scarcest) issues of the largest music zine to come out of the Pacific Northwest during the heyday of the grunge and Riot Grrl scenes.
Very good to near fine.
"10 Things began as a conversation at a wedding in 1990 with David Parker, a guy I'd just met at the wedding [...] We started talking about music and how there weren't really any good underground fanzines in Seattle covering the music we liked which was punk, underground rock and noise bands [...] There was really a need for a local publication that focused on the underground scene to help promote it both locally and nationally." — Dan Halligan
Editor Dan Halligan began in zines as a contributor to MAXIMUM ROCK 'N ROLL, but launched his own — the ironically titled 10 THINGS JESUS WANTS YOU TO KNOW — with a focus on Northwest punk just as grunge was taking off. The zine, in this its earliest and most vibrant run, featured interviews and reviews from many of the most important bands to emerge from the 1990s grunge and Riot Grrrl movements: Mudhoney, Nirvana, 7 Year Bitch, The Gits, the Melvins, and others. But at least as much as 10 THINGS emerged from this legendary scene, it was perhaps equally a reaction against it: "The mainstream media and local press was already beginning to focus on the grunge scene. We loved plenty of those bands, but they were completely ignoring a bunch of other great bands that were coming out of Seattle at the time." Other local coverage included articles and columns on Riot Grrrl (as well as an article on Riot Boy), Washington state's anti-gay initiatives, local punk news and gossip, as well as local sex and fashion columns, plus innumerable show and record reviews. And while 10 THINGS covered the punk world more broadly, its roots were always firmly local ("Free in the Northwest!"), with a circulation that regularly topped 3000 — making it one of the most widely read regional zines of its day. Halligan was also one of the earliest editors to incorporate the internet, launching 10 THINGS online in 1995. The zine ran a total of 22 issues, slowing down after the issues represented here, and finally running out of steam in 2000. Like many freely distributed mags, issues of 10 THINGS are now rather scarce, with runs difficult to assemble. OCLC shows just four holdings of any kind. A core, consecutive run (plus two later issues: 15 and 16) of this important and ephemeral zine that had a front row seat to one of the most important local music explosions of the last thirty years.
Read more: "Interview with Dan '10 Things' Halligan," One Louder Magazine.
Seattle: 10 Things, (1991-1995). 11'' x 8.5''. Original stapled wraps all. Fourteen issues in all. Mild wear, soil here and there. Overall bright and sound.
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