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Frug! fanzine celebrates John Sicolo's life

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 09:44 UK time, Wednesday, 24 March 2010

A special edition of 1990s Newport fanzine Frug! is available now, celebrating the life of TJ's founder and owner John Sicolo, who died last week.


Editor Andy Barding has brought back his fanzine 14 years after the last issue, compiling memories and tributes to Sicolo from bands, friends, members of staff and journalists.

Barding writes in his introduction, "The passing of John Sicolo has left a huge hole in all our lives. It's impossible to accurately measure the impact which this cheery, mountainous man on me and my friends through the heady 1990s and beyond...

"It was our time. This was our club. And John was our friend. He fed us beer, food and stories."

The other contributors include all three members of 60ft Dolls, Eggsy of Goldie Lookin' Chain, Dean Beddis of Cowboy Killers, Benji Webbe of Skindred, Paul Flynn MP, musician and writer Carlton B Morgan, Rhys Mwyn of Anhrefn, Huw Williams of The Pooh Sticks and members of many of the local Newport bands who created such a vibrant scene in the town in the early 1990s.

Proceeds from the sale of Frug! (which does not have a set price but is instead relying on voluntary donations) will go to a fund set up by Sicolo's son and daughter for "a lasting memorial to John in Newport".

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