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'The form is exceptional. It's a brilliant, utterly essential magazine.' 
Mark Buckland, former MD at Cargo Publishing

'I don't think mainstream publishers are the answer to anything. What PUSH is doing is far more exciting and real.'
Thurston Moore

'Out of football and the surrounding culture, PUSH is working-class and proud.'
John King, The Football Factory, Human Punk, The Prison House

'Keeping the punk DIY ethos alive.'
Kevin Williamson, founder Rebel Inc/Neu! Reekie!

'PUSH is great, excellent reading.' 
Irvine Welsh,
Trainspotting, Filth, Skagboys

'An essential DIY publication.'
David Peace
, The Damned Utd, Red or Dead

 

PUSH literary fanzine – March 2013 to October 2016

PUSH was founded by Joe England and ran for 23 issues. This site was originally set up by myself, Nigel Mills, to celebrate the mags first anniversary in March 2014, a bumper issue that included interviews with Jah Wobble and Roddy Doyle. However, other than the shop page, this site was never regularly updated. Not through any point of laziness but because PUSH was all about being a hard copy fanzine sold on the street and it was always about word of mouth than checking out a website for updates. If you wanted to know what PUSH was about and who was in it, you had to buy a copy. That simple.

Between its early raw origins, PUSH soon grew into an underground phenomenon. It promoted previously unpublished fiction and poetry from working class London writers, but it did not stop there; expanding its contributions from all over the isles. From issue 7, the mag went up a gear with the introduction of interviews with various artists and writers that the editor had always held in high regard. This listing was impressive; David Peace, Roddy Doyle, John King, Jah Wobble, Matt Johnson, Youth, Keith Levene, Raymond Gorman, Kwesi Johnson, Kevin Williamson, Thurston Moore, Jenni Fagan etc.

There were countless PUSH launches; in Edinburgh (twice), London (6 times), Derry (twice) and Brighton. Joe also appeared on the BBC Arts Show on two occasions. Part of the interest regarding the mag, apart from how did he get all these great interviews for a DIY publication that sold for the cost of half a pint, was where he began selling PUSH. It was primarily always sold on the street, but that was mainly in East London, and even more remarkable was that it was sold at football, to West Ham fans.

This soon caught the attention of a new independent publisher, East London Press, who were more than fascinated that someone had in their words, ‘singlehandedly got football fans reading poetry.’

Very soon a book, PUSH – best of the first 10 issues, with an introduction by John King, was published (East London Press 2014) and by the following summer, such was the rising success of the mag, a second anthology – PUSH 2 – also by the same publisher, was released in August 2015, with a legendary launch party at the Edinburgh Fringe.

At the same time PUSH 22 hit the streets, and in association with PUSH fanzine, Joe launched another mag: 5MANAGERS. Now this was an out and out West Ham fanzine, and its sole aim was to celebrate in a completely unsentimental fashion, West Ham’s final season at Upton Park. Again Joe set about getting important interviews. This time with West Ham players and artists. They included West Ham legends, Frank Lampard Senior, Mark Ward, Kenny Brown, John Sissons, Frank McAvennie, alongside interviews with Mark Philips (U18s coach), Jeff Turner (Cockney Rejects), filmmaker and photographer Grant Fleming, authors John King and Irvine Welsh and musician Jah Wobble. The issues from that final season again attracted attention from East London Press, and 5MANAGERS – The Final Season Issues, was published in April 2017.

While PUSH closed its doors, at what many said was at the top of its game, PUSH Publications continues and Joe’s latest project C-O-N Fanzine, is already up and running – his 29th fanzine, issue 1 is out now – and issue 2 is already in the pipeline.

Later in this year East London Press plan to publish the final PUSH anthology. And that’s about it really. Other than you can get more insight into the PUSH story from the articles and features that are also included on this site on the Review section.

The rest of these pages are left as they were when the first anniversary launch of this site took place in March 2014.  

This PUSH site will remain active, if only to update the shop page as Joe continues to publish various fanzine projects. All info on Joe’s past and future mags can be found on his blog here

PUSH is dead. Long live PUSH.

Nigel Mills

Chicago May 2017