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  • 'Michael Moorcock: the Banta Years.'

    MM: You've been kind enough to offer this site's assistance in tracing hard-to-find material, but I'm not sure if this is too extreme a case. I recall reading somewhere that one of the fanzines you produced in your youth was for jazz fans - indeed, it might even have been called 'Jazz Fan'. I should add that I'm interested in this from a professional point of view rather than fannish obsession (not that I'm not a fan of your work, obviously - it's just that I imagine that every word of yours including your notes for the milkman must get pored over by some). Did this 'zine actually exist? If so, do examples or does any of its content survive somewhere? If not, what are your recollections? I promise not to ask you to dig up copies of 'Outlaw's Own' - although that might be fun, too. Sorry if it looks as though I'm trying to set you homework!

    PS: Are you still in touch with Langdon Jones? His site's an intriguing (and evolving) personal time capsule.

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    Yes, I did do a fanzine called Jazz Fan for a short while. This soon became another fanzine called The Rambler, which also took in blues and protest music. Copies do exist in facsimile and it might be worth contacting John Davey (Jayde Design) whose address is at the Vendors thread. Otherwise I'm not sure where you'll find them. I think copies do exist in the Bodleian, but you have to go there and get permission to search the collection, then photocopies are pretty expensive as they always seem to be in British public institutions (the BM has copies, too, come to think of it -- their charge for photocopies is amazingly high!).
    I sent the British Library most copies of my fanzines, since that copyrighted them automatically.
    Whether I could survive the embarrassment is another matter altogether!

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      Many thanks, MM - I'll seek out Mr Davey in the first instance.

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