Fourteen unpaginated (ca. 8-24 pp. each) issues, comprising a complete collection of the influential fanzine "dedicated to the art of staying dry in N.Y.," which featured reviews and articles on bands including the Bush Tetras, Plasmatics, Lene Lovich, Helen Wheels, Panic Squad, Nervous Rex, Teardrop Explodes, Satyr, Tuxedomoon, Grace Jones, Au Pairs, Gang of Four, Black Flag, Bad Brains, the B-52’s, the Pretenders, Siouxsie, Oingo Boingo!, and others, illustrated throughout with reproductions of photomontage and experimental typographical compositions, also featuring many great period advertisements for downtown New York and Brooklyn punk and new wave retailers, including Second Coming Records Manic Panic, Revenge, etc. 8vo. Illustrated self-wrpps. One issue with small tear to upper left corner of front cover. Brooklyn, NY (Dry N.Y. Magazine) 1979-1981.
With an abstract and experimental page design to match its focus on the darker and more jarring acts of the punk and post-punk era, Dry magazine cultivated a deliberately challenging reading experience. The enigmatic serial stands as a prime example of the New York "no wave" aesthetic. The name was chosen as a response to the magazine “Wet”, produced in California. Extremely scarce complete and in fine condition. As of May 2018, WorldCat locates only two complete runs in North American institutions. Book ID: 47109