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To me, the best thing about zines is that you get to experience some deeply personal aspects of another person’s life through their own words and impressions. Visiting old crusty hangouts in Chicago, drinking coffee that has outrageous flavors (coconut mocha?!), and watching as Rust Belt Jessie maneuvers through her expansive corner of the Midwest punk scene, I fully felt that I was living the life of another person - perzine success! The zine is initially structured around music - a song title introduces a story and the song weaves itself through the story - but gradually the structure stretches as the stories take over. Jessie has so many to tell. -Bianca Barragan, in a review of Reckless Chants #19
What I really like about this issue is the various styles Jessie uses to tell her stories. I really felt like I was reading a fanzine, perzine, show review, and travel narrative all tied together by some jangly power chords.
At long last, Cometbus has some competition in the punk writing realm. RC19 stacks up with Cometbus in poignancy and relevance, and is still assembled by hand. -Dakota Floyd, in a review of Reckless Chants #19
Rust Belt Jessie…has a great writing style that’s real, authentic and makes you tune out of your surroundings. -VX, in a review of Reckless Chants #19