[Numbering unconventional, i.e., vol.1, no. 2 called "issue B." Title varies, no. 6 called "The Legendary Take It!", issue dates lacking or inconsistent.] Six issues, ca. 30-46 pp each, comprising a complete run of the post-punk fanzine including a flexi-disc recording in each number, edited by Michael Koenig and Byron Coley, with contributions from a who's who of underground music writers from the era including Tom Givan, Ira Kaplan, Richard Meltzer, Gregg Turner, Mick Farren and others providing coverage of bands including Ultravox, the Psychdelic Furs, New Order, Shut Up, Snakefinger, The Slits, Gang of Four, Buzzcoks, etc., also covering film, fashion, publishing, and other avenues of alt culture, illustrated throughout with photographs by Phil-in-Flash, and cartoons and graphics by John Holmstrom, Gary Panter, etc. Small folio. Tabloid, illus. wrpps. Brighton, MA (Salvatore Barone and Michael Koenig) 1981-n.d. (ca. 1983).
Named for a populist slogan coined by Joe Strummer of the Clash during an interview with Koenig, suggesting that fans themselves take control of the underground music scene, Take It! bristles with the divergent energies of post-punk alternative culture, embracing both new wave and hardcore music as well as emerging currents in fashion, film, art and publishing. Issue no. 1 features an early printing of Gary Panter's influential Rozz-Tox manifesto. Extremely rare, especially with all flexi-discs intact, as in the present offering. As of January 2018, WorldCat locates only two holdings in North America, one of which is a partial run. Book ID: 47492