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BONG was an official Depeche Mode fan club magazine which ran from 1988 until the closure of the club in 2002. The magazine was previously distributed as a newsletter format publication known as the Depeche Mode Information Service, which ran from 1981 through early 1988.


BONG magazine issues by decade
1988-1989: 1234567
1990-1999: 89101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
2000-2002: 43444546474849505152
Miscellaneous BONG USBONG Calendar 1998


A ZIP archive containing PDFs of all 52 issues, the "US" issue, and the BONG 1998 calendar can be downloaded here: Download ZIP - 668MB

History

Prior to 1988, BONG magazine was distributed as a newsletter format publication known as the Depeche Mode Information Service, which ran from 1981 through early 1988. Initial production of the newsletter was managed by Joanne Fox (then-girlfriend and first wife of Dave Gahan), Anne Swindell (then-girlfriend of Martin Gore), and Deb Danahay (then-girlfriend of Vince Clarke) until December 1981, when Clarke's departure from Depeche Mode prompted Danahay's departure from the publication. Fox assumed primary responsibility for the production of the newsletter upon Swindell's departure in June 1983 and oversaw its publication through August 1985, when Depeche Mode tour merchandiser Bravado's took on production duties. During Fox's tenure, the newsletter was published on a monthly basis from 1981 through August 1985[1], after which it transitioned to a bimonthly release upon the change in production duties from Fox to Bravado's.

See more: Depeche Mode Information Service newsletters

In late 1987, the newsletter began to introduce a series of changes to herald its transition into a magazine-style publication. Among these changes were a new mailing address, a fan contest to design a new logo to be used on the front cover of future issues, and a temporary title change to "The Depeche Mode Fan Club". The evolving nature of these changes were often jokingly summarised by writer Jo Bailey, who referred to the publication as "The Magazine With No Name" prior to the adoption of the BONG moniker in its fourth issue.

The newsletter saw its first release as a magazine in January 1988, and would conclude its run in its fifty-second issue, coinciding with the closure of the Depeche Mode fan club in 2002.

References

  1. With the exception of the April/May 1983 issue