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Welcome to the Archives of Velvet Magazine! For those of you who might not know, Velvet was Prague's first city magazine and sadly published just a few issues. I, Jeffree from Think Magazine, designed the very last issue of Velvet, which was killed the day it was to go to press... and thus, I turned my attention to making Think. A lot of the contact, adresses and business information here is too old to be useful, but why not take a walk down memory lane and enjoy yourself?


Illustration by Marrilee Challis

ou know it's serious when the Roxy, the club with the most laid-back and stoned door staff in town, puts two little stamps on your hand as you enter. Skinheads in Fred Perry shirts and Doc Martens milled around among skaters with orange hair and biker wallets chained to the belt loops of their immense shorts. Riot Grrrls in baby-doll dresses and pigtails pouted and hippies with dreadlocks smoked fat joints. It could have been a fairly hip club in any major American city, except for the fact that when Fugazi started playing to the packed crowd, no one moved.

The "fathers of American self-righteous punk" took some time off their current European tour to drop by Prague's Roxy on July 6 for an unscheduled, "word-of-mouth" benefit concert, a repeat performance of their first concert here two years ago. Profits from the 150 Kc ticket price went to help jailed 19-year-old anarchist Vaclav Jez.

It wasn't until after 11:00, and two intolerable opening bands, that the "godfathers of P.C. punk" finally took the stage. The sweltering heat inside the cavernous but poorly ventilated club had put everyone on edge. Tables selling music merchandise and giving away flyers created a bottleneck at the head of the stairs. Czechs are a remarkably patient people, but when the Roxy ran out of beer well before Fugazi's first chord, it looked like a riot was inevitable.

But leave it to Ian McKay, Fugazi's intense front man, to exhort the crowd to "Take care of each other out there," before launching into their furious first set. He didn't really have anything to worry about though. The pit in front of stage remained small, as most of the audience simply stood stock-still and gaped at the "American missionaries of moral rock."

Fugazi's four sweat-soaked shirts, bucketsful of spit (Fugazi's) and one nearly deaf audience later Fugazi left the stage to the extremely polite applause of the audience As the crowd filed out, among those few who had braved the pit one voice could be heard exclaiming (in English) "What, there's no fucking beer?"


This month's FIRST contributors are Omri Ben-Amos, Michelle Legge, Michael Wayne Jr., David Freeling, Radha Burgess and Anne Renahan.

 

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  Pg. 07 Editor's Letter
  Pg. 09 FIRST: Ghost Busker
  Pg. 10 The King is Dead
  Pg. 10 Kik's Kaka
  Pg. 11 Trick of the Trade
  Pg. 11 Telephone Obsessive
  Pg. 12 The H.O.G.s are here
  Pg. 12 Fugazers
  Pg. 13 Windex
  Pg. 14-15 POLAROID: Laurie Anderson
  Pg. 17 Letter From L.A.
  Pg. 18-19 6 Kc and Peace of Mind
  Pg. 20-23 Velvet Devolution
  Pg. 24-27 FASHION: Cafe Couture
  Pg. 31 REVIEW: Jiri David's "Hidden Image"
  Pg. 32 Czech Cubism 1911-1919
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Klub Lavka
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Subway Club
  Pg. 34 MUSIC: The Ecstacy of St. Theresa
  Pg. 36 RESTAURANTS: Here's the Boeuf
  Pg. 37 RESTAURANTS: Comedy Cafe Akropolis
  Pg. 42 COFFEE: Meduza Kavarna
  Pg. 43 ALTERNAMALL: Jilska 22
  Pg. 44 SHOPS: Ligne Roset
  Pg. 45 Above & Beyond
  Pg. 47-48 BOOKS: Expat Mixed Bag
  Pg. 50-51 MUSIC REVIEWS
  Pg. 54-55 MOVIES: Karlovy? Very.
  Pg. 52 Scene
  Pg. 53 LAST: Intro to Cool.
   
 

Volume 1, Number 1
August 1995

Editor and Publisher MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Senior Editors
WALTER R. DEVINE, JOYCE-ANN GATSOULIS

Associate Editor
SUSANNAH ROSENSTOCK

Editorial Assistants
HELENA SIPKOVA
MAURA GEDID

Contributing Editors NICHOLE ACHS
OMRI BEN-AMOS
MATT WELCH

Contributing Writers RADHA BURGESS, LOU CHARBONNEAU, DAVID FREELING, JOHN HECK, MARKETA JIRASKOVA, ANNE RENAHAN, JENNIFER TORPIE, LAURA ZAM


Creative Director GERMAIN E. DESEVE

Senior Designer
CLARE MANIAS

Production Associates STEVE ROWLAND
D.A. STRUBLE

Staff Photographer ZUZANA OPLATKOVA

Contributing Photographers
SEAN GALLUP,
AHMED RAHIM

Publicity
MICHELLE LEGGE


Advertising Director CHRISTOPHER LOVERING


The Prague Review s.r.o.

CEO: NICOLAS R. PERKlN

CFO: DAN ROSE

COO: MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Main Offices:
Velvet Towers East
Zitna 30, 120 00 Prague 2

Editorial: 24 22 29 37
Production: 24 22 30 35
Advertising: 24 23 23 04
Voicemail: 430 430 ext. 82

Velvet is a publication of the Prague Review, s.r.o. (c) 1995, The Prague Review, s.r.o. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited by law.

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