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Organ has taken many forms since the early hand screen-printed handmade photocopied days of the late 80’s
These days Organ comes in this stripped-down back-to-basics blog-shaped form, a selected Thing Of The Day”, an art event, a band, a book, a zine, a painting, a new album, a thing….
These pages are about digging around in the underculture, the creative underground, about sharing some of the music, art and more that excites us.
Create has always been the main word with Organ, “create” was often screenprinted across the handmade covers of early paper Organs. Sharing links, posting up the signposts that point you in direction of exciting artists, new bands, galleries, exhibitions, events, animation, a new painting, a new video from an old band, an art show opening, a new wall painted.
We started Organ because, well besides being slightly addicted to creativity and wanting to be doing things rather than just consuming things, we started Organ because the bands, the gigs that were exciting us at the time just weren’t being covered. On the whole they still aren’t really, neither are the many art events that excite us, the artists in the back street galleries, we’re seeing loads of exciting art and stimulating artists, great shows, alternative galleries and art spaces alive with things that really do deserve to be covered…
These days Organ is just a blog, no big deal, true it gets thousands of hits from all over the world every day, and yes we’re still throwing things out there, but Organ is no big deal these days. We’re just here sharing things, exploring things, posting about things, a thing of the day.
Do feel free to tell us what you’re doing if you think it might interest us and our readers and followers .
THE HISTORY – ORGAN zine, kissing big ugly sharks, in one form or another since 1986, explore some past things here…
Since Organ’s birth back in late 1986, it has enjoyed a life as, firstly a very hand made, hand screen printed, hand painted underground zine, then as a full on glossy magazine (there was about 100 print zine editions), a very busy website. There have been issues pasted on walls, released on cassette, there’s been a record label called ORG (I think we put out something like 200 different albums, singles, slices of vinyl and such back there). There was a weekly TV show for a couple of years (way before the days of YouTube, this was on your proper TV), we’ve been regularly broadcasting on London-based arts radio station Resonance FM for a number of years now. Organ existed for many many years in many formats.
Back in the late 80’s Organ was a handmade labour of love, in the 90’s it was a full on time-eating glossy production, there was hundreds of Organ gigs and events all over London, there was a busy record label, at one point we were printing 20,000 magazines a month, way too big a monster). In the early part of this century Organ evolved in to a web-based animal. In 2011, after 25 years of grinding, we knocked almost all of it on the head (besides the radio shows), we closed down the big website and went off to catch up with some of the other things the time eating Organ monster had got in the way of. Organ ate up far too much of our lives for far too many years, it was brilliant, thankless, annoying, invigorating, messy, chaotic, good, bad, angry, happy – we could have compromised and got rich on the back of it but sucking up to the music industry was never our way, we did it all our way, we mostly had a blast.
November 2012 and you find Organ coming at you in a low key no thrills no messing kind of way, no big noise, no big fanfare, no plan – a no thrills simple blog just for the pure enjoyment of discovering, sharing and enjoying, a stripped down Organ just for the hell of it. This page is not here to help further your career or be part of your marketing plan (ddin;t we say that already up there?), I’m just here sharing a few things (it is mostly me, Sean) and enjoying exploring some art, music and whatever else without any commitment to anything. It may go on for ages, it may stop tomorrow…
Just here to kiss that big ugly shark a little more, contact and switch the other… the word is still create and it is still about doing it yourself.
ORGAN – Music, art, underculture, since 1986.
A small slice of the archives….