Mark Perry

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Mark Perry back in 1976

Mark Perry was the publisher of the first UK punk zine Sniffin' Glue. Perry started his zine in July of 1976 after finding inspiration listening to the Ramones, then seeing them live. The title of his zine was derived from a Ramones song. Within a few months of his first issue, Perry quit his job as a bank clerk to do his zine, which became an essential part of the growing UK punk scene. As the most visible punk writer during the UK punk explosion, Perry became somewhat of a spokesperson in the mainstream press and was frequently interviewed about the punk rock scene.

Perry was one of the early promoters of the punk (and zine) DIY ethic. One issue of Sniffin' Glue included drawings of three chord shapes. The caption read, "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band." In his final issues, Perry talked about ending his zine because he feared its absorption into the mainstream music press (it had gone from a print run of 50 to 15,000). He encouraged his readers to go out and start their own punk zines when he stopped publishing.

In early 1977 Perry and Miles Copeland formed the record label Step Forward. They released early records by bands like the Fall, the Cortinas, Sham 69, and Chelsea.

In March of 1977 Perry and friends formed the band Alternative TV, with Perry on vocals and guitar. ATV's first show was the Nottingham Punk Festival in May of 1977. The band's first single, "Love Lies Limp," was a free flexi disc that was given away with the tweflth and final issue of Sniffin' Glue zine in August of 1977. While Perry stopped publishing, he continued to play music.

Perry got back into writing in 1996, providing the text for Erica Echenberg's photo book, And God Created Punk, published by Virgin. In 2000, Sanctuary Books published Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory, which compiled all the issues of Perry's original punk zine, along with newer writing and photos. Today Mark Perry still performs and releases music with Alternative TV.