Welcome back to Zine of the Month! This month's zine is Like Walking Onto Another Planet: Stories About the True Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Mining. This zine showcases environmental and sustainability issues in the Appalachian region due to the removal of mountain tops in order to mine the coal. Check it out in our Zine Collection!
Historically, zines have been around since 1776 when Thomas Paine self-published Common Sense and used it as an instrument in promoting the ideas that contributed to the U.S. War for Independence. Just a perfect example to demonstrate the free spirit of zine culture. Zine comes from fanzine which is a term that generally describes a small-circulation science fiction publication. Fanzines first appeared in the late 1920s. Zines were used to promote punk music in the 1970s, a time when this type of music received very little interest from the larger press music. This phenomenon spawned a new interest in self-publishing.
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