Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

Much had changed since the early days of Drum. For one thing, dictates

of modern publishing forced up advertising content beyond the 60%

mark, greatly inhibiting our editorial canvas and leading to running

battles with management. Relationships within the organisation were

often strained and when Sutton was pushed through a glass window

by the advertising manager during one particularly heated exchange in

the passage we all took it as a minor victory – at least we were getting

through to them! But the restriction of editorial pages meant that very few

stories could run for more than three pages.


Publishing conditions had also changed substantially. A vast amount of

legislation inhibiting the Press had found its way into the statute books.

Blindfold in a legislative minefield is an accurate description of publishing

conditions and Drum, not having the muscle of the corporate publishing

giants behind it, was particularly vulnerable. The edition of Drum

published after the outbreak of the June 1976 riots, for example, was

banned, possession of the magazine being an offence.

exerpt from Creative Camera, nos. 235/236 July/August 1984


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