FREE APPRECIATION SOCIETY.
|Many thanks for your letter. The FREE APPRECIATION SOCIETY was
established in 1979 when I started doing small runs of Free and Back
Street Crawler tee shirts for friends. I eventually advertised these in
the national music press and slowly a newsletter began to evolve to keep
everybody in touch. At the time there was very little information on what
anyone in the ex-Free camp was doing so I started making enquiries and
over a period of time the small newsletter became a magazine full of news
not only on things Paul, Simon & Andy are doing but also with
information on all the people involved in the Free related bands. The
magazine now runs to a minimum of 40 pages (A5) and so far the biggest
issue (58) has had a bumper 60 pages ! It has no scheduled print dates
(it's not monthly or bi-monthly. It's out when it's ready !) but averages
between 4 and 6 issues a year. We've run articles on all Free time periods
and also large features on Back Street Crawler, Sharks, Peace, Crawler,
Toby, The Firm, Bad Company, Beckett, Paul Kossoff and Rabbit. Recently
we've been following closely the solo career of Paul Rodgers. Issues from
issue 100 have been in colour.
The magazine includes news items, impending releases world wide, re-releases world wide, album reviews, in depth articles, cuttings from all bands and periods 1968 to the present, interviews, photographs, collectors information and bootleg reviews. There are also plenty of competitions with some excellent prizes. Recently we've given away copies of the Complete Stadium ELP/Free 3CD bootleg set from Japan along with albums by The Black Crowes, Rabbit, and copies of the excellent Mott The Hoople book 'All The Young Dudes'. We also occasionally offer subscriber's excellent quality tee shirts and sweatshirts, posters, photographic prints, badges. Even some specialist books ! There is also a wide selection of 'live' tapes available at very reasonable prices along with offers of CD's and videos. Money from all these things helps keep the magazine running and subscription costs down. How do you know when your subscription has run out - no problem - you'll get a reminder with your last issue.
You'll find full subscription details below. For those who require a large amount of FREE related reading material RIGHT NOW we offer a sub that includes five or more back issues at a discount This is how it works. On a standard subscription you'll get the new issue + 4 further issues in the future. The Five+Five subscription covers five previous issues + the new one (running back in order when possible) and then a further 4 issues. So if the new issue is No 101 (July 2003) you'll get that and also 100, 99, 98, 97 & 96 in your first pack followed by 102, 103, 104 & 105 as they come out. It also saves you money on back issues! This offer is subject to the availability of each issue obviously but at the moment there are no problems. If one issue does sell out it will be substituted with the next available one. So if 98 has sold out you'll get 95 as a substitute, and so on.
To give you a taster of the magazines here's what we've covered in previous issues.
|Issue 103: (January 2004) Colour Issue -- 40 pages
30th Anniversary issue of Paul Kossoff's only solo album, BACK STREET CRAWLER. Features an in depth analysis along with the UK press surrounding it's release and the original cover shots presented as taken for the first time, and in full colour. Also includes reviews of the complete Mott The Hoople Island remasters, The 'Deepest End' Gov't Mule 2CD & DVD set, and Carl Dunn's excellent book of Rock photographs, including pictures of Free and Bad Company.
Issue 102: (September 2003) Colour Issue -- 40 pages
Issue 101: (July 2003) Colour Issue -- 44 pages
Issue 100: (May 2003) First COLOUR issue -- 40 pages
Issue 99: (March 2003) -- 40 pages
Issue 98: (January 2003) -- 40 pages
Issue 97: (December 2002) -- 40 pages
Issue 96: (August 2002) -- 40 pages
Issue 95: (June 2002) -- 40 pages
Five issue subscription (£15) -or- Five issue subscription + Five back issues (£29)
Five issue subscription (£20) -or- Five issue subscription + Five back issues (£38)
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Individual back issues are available at £3.50 inc. P&P in the UK.
Some earlier issues are sold out. Write for details of what is available.
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