Started by zoony, January 16, 2018, 19:05:20 pm
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Quote from: RAY4583 on January 18, 2018, 06:13:03 am Good day, Zoony. Indeed, I could wax poetic about the wonder of, "The Spirit Of Rush" for pages and pages here. I befriended Mick in 1986, just as he was laying the foundation for what became a great, sixteen year run with the fanzine. Amidst my ridiculous collection that surrounds me here at home, without question, my collection of every issue of, "The Spirit Of Rush" holds a very special place in my heart. As one of the fellow fans here just noted, this fanzine was an excellent way for Mick and his team- myself included, as well as Andrew Field, Stewart Gilray, Janet Balmer, Neil Elliot, and some of Mick's other Stateside friends- to keep fans up to date on all things Rush, before the internet came along and altered our collective orbit. Really, it wouldn't be a bad way for a fan who is new to Rush to educate himself/herself on the band, were he/she to start on page one of issue one, and subsequently read through each and every issue in it's entirety. The fanzine published issue number one in the summer of 1987, and was put to bed after it's last edition was published posthumously in the Spring of 2003, under Janet's guidance. There is an admitted bias in how I view, "The Spirit Of Rush". My friendship with Mick was very real, and his loss in the summer of 2002 hit the Rush fan community very deeply, myself included. I'm sure if you were to get your hands on the copies you referenced, you would be impressed with the quality, the substance, and the labor that it took to maintain this sort of dedication for as long as he (Mick) did. The band was very aware of Mick's work. They received each and every edition of the fanzine. Neil himself wrote to Mick personally in December of '89. That particular correspondence was reprinted for inclusion in the next/subsequent issue- which was issue ten- which came out in the Winter of 1990. Their class act- to send something to Mick's family at his wake- was a kind and generous move, to recognize all he (Mick) did to keep the band's name alive in the UK, especially during their years of absence on your side of the pond. Andrew MacNaughtan worked closely with Mick and everyone associated with the fanzine as well, even making available a special, limited edition offer of his, "Presto" album prints to subscribers of the fanzine only. I hope you do get your hands on at least a few copies. Sure, they can now be accessed online. But, to have them in your hands is worth infinitely more than what reading them online will offer you. My best to you, then, with the hopes that Mick's spirit and enthusiasm will still speak to you, through the pages on what awaits you.- Ray W.
Quote from: Jonny B on January 26, 2018, 00:59:42 amI'm flicking through the entire collection as I read this thread - I've been meaning to scan these for years - perhaps now...it is time
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