THE HEROIN ADDICT. Richard Kern, No. 7, (the masculine/feminine relationships issue), Stab stapled, Xerox, 1980.
Richard Kern was a brilliant central figure of the No Wave East Village arts scene in the late 70's and throughout the 80's. Kern's first dabbling in the arts was a series of self-published underground zines featuring art, poetry, photography, and fiction by himself and several friends. His first zine was the bi-monthly The Heroin Addict, which was later renamed to The Valium Addict and whose final incarnation was as Dumb Fucker. They are hand-stapled photocopied zines featuring writing and images that expressed the beautiful decay of New York City’s Alphabet City in the early 1980s. Kern has spoken of his naivety about heroin and of these early productions, “I first put together the zine when I was still young and living in North Carolina. I was listening to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and thinking, 'Wow! That sounds so cool!' So I decided to do this magazine and I think the tagline for it was The Magazine For People Who Are Too Chicken To Do Heroin. Then I moved to New York and saw the real thing, got involved in the real thing, and then got out of the heroin scene.” Lyrics for Heroin by the Velvet Underground: “Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life,
Because a mainline into my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I'm better off than dead
Because when the smack begins to flow
I really don't care anymore
About all the Jim-Jims in this town
And all the politicians making crazy sounds
And everybody putting everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds
Cause when the smack begins to flow
And I really don't care anymore
Ah, when that heroin is in my blood
And that blood is in my head
Then thank God that I'm as good as dead
And thank your God that I'm not aware
And thank God that I just don't care...”
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