Breakdown Press
Based in Melbourne with a diverse background in the zine, poster art, poetry, street art and activist communities, we publish work from individuals and collectives that have had little exposure, or aren’t interested, in the mainstream media and publishing arena. Breakdown Press aims to produce ethically printed and affordable publications. To date publications include: Scrapbook to Somewhere, The Stolenwealth Posters, The Breakdown PostersMarket Value, Mining, The Nuclear Posters, Civilian Sticker Packs, and the zine anthology YOU: some letters from the first five years. Forthcoming publications include How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Hoaxes, Graffiti and Political Mischief Making from Across Australia, and Market Crossings, a book about Preston Market. We will also be beginning work shortly on our fourth poster series to be released in 2010 The Peace Posters, through the generous support of the Graham F Smith Trust.

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Postal Address: Po Box 1283, Carlton, Vic, 3053
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Iain McIntyre

From 1992-2000 Iain co-edited the Melbourne based Woozy fanzine which was a semi-successful attempt to bring DIY currents around music, politics, comics, etc together in the one publication. They produced 22 issues (with a print run of 1,500 at their peak), held more than 20 events and involved around 100 contributors. The zine spawned Choozy which distributed a number of zines and musical works in the late 1990s. In 2005 he produced the Australian Troublemakers Calendar as a benefit for 3CR Community Radio’s SUWA (Squatters and Unwaged Workers Airwaves) show. The following year the station financed a higher-end version and a collective was formed to produce and nationally distribute The Seeds of Dissent calendar, which is now in its fifth year. Iain continues to provide an Australian radical date for each day of the year. Since 2003 he has run Homebrew Press which has self-published three books (Revenge of the Troublemaker, Disturbing The Peace: Tales From Australia’s Rebel History and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: The AIDEX ’91 Story) and two pamphlets (Up Against The Wall Motherfucker! and Lock Out The Landlords: Anti-Eviction Resistance, 1929-36). Iain has also published through Wakefield Press Tomorrow Is Today: Australia In The Psychedelic Era, 1966-70.


“An impassioned McIntyre gets down and dirty in an insiders account of activist pranks … McIntyre has amassed hundreds of tales alongside dramatic photographs in what is unashamedly a songbook for Australia’s future culture-jammers and mischief makers.”
Katherine Wilson, The Age.

“An absolutely fantastic book with a sensational cover image…”
Alan Brough, ABC 774 Melbourne interview

“A great chunk of our social history.”
Louise Maher, ABC 666 Canberra Drive

“An exquisite production with beautifully reproduced posters and photos … a compilation of stories and images from various troublemakers and ratbags throughout Australian history. Even if you’re a person who doesn’t like history per se I think you’ll find this book hard to resist.”
Jeff Sparrow (Overland editor), RRR Melbourne,
Aural Text interview

“Fantastic, fun, entertaining and very enlightening…”
Lou Swinn, RRR website review

“Fascinating interviews with Australia’s best troublemakers, including John Safran and The Chasers, and pics galore, make for a riotous scrapbook covering our radical history of revolts and resistance.”
Rachel Power, AEU (Australian Education Union) News AEU News summer reading article

“The perfect book for enlightened coffee tables.”
Rachel Evans, Green Left Weekly

“If you’ve ever thought of speaking out about an issue or have idly wondered what you could do to make the world a better place, this is the book for you! Fascinating interviews, quirky historical snippets and stunning photos chronicling all the Australians who have made a differenceand who have done so with courage, audacity and a lot of humour! Keep it on your desk at work for all those moments when you need some inspiration, a bit of hope or just a good laugh.”
Jill Sparrow, Co-author Radical Melbourne 1 & 2

“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.”
Sean Scalmer, Author of The Little History of Australian Unionism and Dissent Events: Protest,
The Media and the Political Gimmick in Australia)