Reading Material — Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Goth
The other day, Siouxsie had the pleasure of entertaining her sister-in-law’s 65-year-old mother for the afternoon. At one point, the woman asked for some reading material. Seems like a simple request. But then the woman specifically asked for some magazines to read.
Magazines? All Siouxsie had at hand were some recent issues of Gothic Beauty. Siouxsie handed them over. The poor dear was aghast and speechless.
This entire event made Siouxsie think she should stock up on her gothic magazines to be even better prepared for entertaining guests.
It just arrived in the mail. The zine’s title is pretty apt.
For example, there is a rather bleak article about the current goth culture in the states. It is titled, “Your Goth Is Dead” and describes people giving up their all-black wardrobes, rave fashion taking over, and Hot Topic stores popping up everywhere —
While it would be unfair to claim that there are no more goths left in the USA, the subculture itself has evolved to the point of being nearly unrecognizable, compared to what it was in the eighties and nineties. Maybe we were in fact a pack of misguided young people who were brattily refusing to grow up and deal with the world as it is.
On the upside, the magazine features a lovely interview with the band Rosa Apátrida. “[They] are a new band out of Brooklyn, an anarcho dark wave trio that sings in Spanish, English, and Russian. Their lyrics are themed around animal liberation and anti-fascism . . .”
Siouxsie is a fan.
Rosa Apátrida — Hearts of Darkness
Graceless is pretty great, too. You should definitely pick up a copy.
Rosa Apátrida image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaretkilljoy/