HELP US DOCUMENT A VISIONARY’S LEGACY
Before he died in 2005, Blake Donner (aka “RIOT”, graffiti artist and singer of the hardcore band Parallax from Utah) published eight issues of a zine called “The Fifth Goal” which documented an often overlooked aspect of American rebellion and art: freight train graffiti, specifically the chalk drawings and texts made by hobos and train-hoppers. It was a beautiful zine of high-contrast xeroxed photos of the graffiti, interspersed with interviews that Blake conducted with the older artists he’d met on trains who were featured in the photographs.
TRAVIS LOW (bassist of Parallax, from Salt Lake City Utah), along with ADAM DAVIS (of Division Leap Books in Portland Oregon) and GREG BENNICK (Trial, Between Earth & Sky) are looking for anyone who has any of the copies of the original issues.
Our goal is to reprint the complete set of issues in a single unit, so that we can disseminate Blake’s zine to a new audience to preserve this slice of Americana showcasing a unique aspect of rebellion and the people who brough it to life. We also hope to procure a few complete sets of the original issues of the zine so we can place them in a few libraries to ensure they will be preserved for future generations.
In short, we are looking for people to loan (to be returned to you), to donate (gratis, to our efforts), or to sell copies of the zine to us. In return, we will deliver a free copy of the complete reprinted issues to every person that in any way contributes their material to this project. We are especially looking for the early issues (Issues 1-3), which seem to be more difficult to locate.
Any and all profit generated from this project will be donated directly to the Donner/Galbraith scholarship, which was set up in Blake’s honor at Utah Valley University (UVU). The Donner/Galbraith scholarship provides annual tuition funding to one full-time student who demonstrates a passion for life and a history of positive social activism. Travis was a past recipient of the scholarship.
Please private message us if you have any copies of The Fifth Goal, or if you know anyone who does. Thanks!!!
To contact ADAM DAVIS:
To contact TRAVIS LOW:
To contact GREG BENNICK: