I noticed a lot of people are searching for the Fight Amnesia fanzine, so I decided to upload a little something.
As I mentioned in the past, Fight Amnesia was a xerox copied fanzine released by Into The Abyss’s main man, Yiannis Kalifatidis.
Its main purpose was to help as many musicians as possible to come together.
Initialy Kalifatidis was paying for all the expenses till he asked his readers to at least pay for postal expenses.
The ads in the fanzine were mostly payed by CD or LP copies for his private collection (who says “money makes the world go round” ? we are talking bout a vinyl junkie here…)
Each issue was coming out in about 500 copies (or more) and this particular one holds interviews of Dave-Id Busaras (ex-Virgin Prunes), The Flowers Of Romance and the Italian band Artica, plus lots of other stuff.
You can find reviews of the following albums: Porcupine Tree “Signify”, Jah Woble “The inspiration of William Blake”, Cathedral “Supernatural Birth Machine”, Einsturzende Neubauten “Ende Neu”, Patti Smith “Gone Again”, Devil Doll “Dies Irae”, Asylum “Vent”, Peter Hammil “Sonix – Hybrid Experiments 1994-1996”.
There is the “Underground Zone” section with information about underground bands from around the globe plus an other additional section full of official and demo releases of underground bands.
George Fakinos, a well known Greek dj, has written a special article titled “Athens Underground” offering information regarding Athenian Record shops, Music Clubs and Comic shops (in general a tourist guide for people who would be interested to pay a visit to the “other side” of Athens).
The editorial is also signed by Katerina who was playing a vital role in the edition of the fanzine.
I don’t know if there were any further issues of Fight Amnesia after this one but in any case, Fight Amnesia was a good way to bring the bands in touch with each other, help them promote their releases, find a label etc.
Don’t forget, the internet was not big back then and people were using snail mail instead of emails…
For more information about Into The Abyss click here.
p.s. You might find Yianis Kalifatidis as Giannis or Iannis or Jiannis Kalifatidis. It doesn’t matter cause its all the same…