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 BeautySiouxsie 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.

To start, Siouxsie ordered the first issue ever of Graceless:  A Journal of the Radical Goth.

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.

Waaah.

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/

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~ by siouxsielaw on April 30, 2011.

5 Responses to “Reading Material — Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Goth”

  1. Ah, your poor sister-in-law’s mother. Hope she has recovered from the shock of Gothic Beauty.

    I love Gothic Beauty and Graceless seems like a great magazine from the Amazon preview of it. I think I might just order it.

  2. I absolutely must check Graceless out. Thanks for the review!!

  3. Great post as always…I will check and see if you can get Graceless this side of the pond 🙂

  4. I absolutely disagree that goth is dead, altho I can readily see that the rise of cybergoth (which has borrowed a lot from the rave scene), causes great consternation on the part of elder goths. There are plenty of deathrockers, young as well as old, keeping the old tradition alive, even if the number of old school bands probably pales besides the number of ebm outfits around.

  5. […] Reading Material — Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Goth (via Siouxsie Law) By noegozine Leave a Comment Categories: Uncategorized 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 … Read More […]

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