Underground Music Fanzines on Display at Harold Washington Library Center

Underground music fanzines from the 1980s and 1990s from the collection of Marc Fischer are on display through April 24 in the flat exhibit cases on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center.

During his high school and college years in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Fischer published Primary Concern, a thick photocopied zine that he wrote, designed and printed. This display features that zine as well as similar publications Fischer collected during those years: music zines focused on hardcore punk and metal music, as well as politics and underground culture.

In 2007, in an effort to better circulate obscure cultural resources like zines, Fischer started Public Collectors, which utilizes self-publishing and collecting as tools for representing underexposed art and building networks and communities.

These issues and collections are examined in Public Collectors’ self-titled full-length book, which Fischer will discuss in an author event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in the Chicago Authors Room on the 7th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. Books will be for sale, and he'll sign books after the event.