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Punk fan, 10, becomes global hit with homemade music magazine

MEET the young punk fan who has become a global hit and interviewed rock stars for a magazine he has made himself — aged just ten.

Arlo Lippiatt started Pint-Sized Punk as a project while being homeschooled.

But now — in the week when famous music mag Q went bust — Arlo is shipping copies to countries as far away as Australia.

The youngster acts as reporter, photographer and editor and has already bagged interviews with bands including the Manic Street Preachers.

Mini media mogul: Arlo Lippiatt leafs through his publication PICTURES: SWNS

Arlo sells the handmade fanzine for £3 and has seen a surge in sales after two issues.

The budding media mogul, from Saltford, Somerset, is hoping to continue making editions even when he goes back to school.

He is helped out by mum Hannah, who uses her background as an English teacher to make sure the language flows.

Copies are available from record stores in the local area as well as online — where music fans from across the world are placing orders.

Arlo said: ‘It was orginally a homeschooling project. It was a little challenge I set myself.

‘I didn’t think it would become this big! I thought only family and friends would buy it. The name was my mum’s idea.

‘I was really nervous interviewing to start with, but now it’s a natural thing. The best interviews have been with smaller bands — but everyone has been nice.

‘The first issue was 24 pages — but the second was about 48 pages. I draw most of the pictures myself.’

Double act: Arlo with his mum Hannah

The project has been a real education for the schoolboy, covering several different subjects — including maths for the costs, English for the words and IT for the design.

Arlo said he has been into punk music for around a year and has been to see several gigs.

He has interviewed acts big and small via video calls for the first two issues — including Super Furry Animals and Idles.

Hannah, 40, said she set her son the task after realising he was growing restless with the official work he had been given.

She added that his school has since been hugely supportive of the project.

She said: ‘Lockdown was imposed in such a rush. Arlo was getting a bit frustrated with the work he was being set.

‘So I said: “What do you want to do?” He knows a few adults who make artzines, so said that.

‘He’s interviewing, researching and editing. He’s also been keeping a chart of where the magazine is sent.

‘Arlo can get away with asking some quite silly questions. He said to Super Furry Animals: “You haven’t done anything in a while — what are you doing?”

‘He’s learning the difference between people giving honest answers and PR. We’re both learning everything as we go.

‘We’re selling over 1,000 copies — there’s obviously still an appetite out there for print.

‘And the local post office is getting to know us really well!’

Arlo said the next two issues are already in the works, with all the interviews already completed.

Dad Ross, 48, has been less involved in the project as he is a key worker — and younger sibling Martha, eight, isn’t much of a punk fan.

Hannah added: ‘We’ve asked her [to join in], but she’s more into pop music. The offer is always there!’

You can find out more on Pint-Sized Punk’s Facebook page.

Legendary music magazine Q went out of business earlier this week as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

It was launched in 1986.