Issues 5 to 32 of Dark Star Mike Oldfield magazine, printed. Print copies of issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 21, 24, 28 and 31 have SOLD OUT but are available as digital downloads.
Dark Star's roots go back to 1986, when Chris Dewey launched a very small fan magazine in place of the official fan club run by Janet Arnold, which sadly closed in 1985. Paul Beard was heavily involved in the early days, and helped develop Shoes & Strings to a respectable magazine which exploded in size and switched to full colour printing after handing out free promotional postcards to fans queuing for the Edinburgh premiere of Tubular Bells II in 1992. Courtesy copies of the magazine sent to Mike’s manager, Clive Banks, caught his attention and led to official accreditation as Dark Star in 1994, with the first official issue being number 5 in 1994.
The economies of scale from the jump in membership allowed us to grow further, gain support and join forces with Peter Evans’ much-loved View from the Beacon and David Porter’s informative Airborne fanzines. Many fans also know Paul Harris well, who joined us to significantly develop the service from 1998. It is a testament to Mike’s long-lasting appeal that most of our early subscribers are still heavily involved with Dark Star today, including Michael Kuleczko who has been key to our success throughout.
Download the index of back issues to see what was featured in each magazine.