Sunday, March 04, 2012

From their desktop to my mailbox, then to your desktop

The 1990's in retrospect appear to be the heyday of the independent press (i.e., things that actually did "go to press"). The ease and availability of the new desktop publishing made it possible for anyone to electronically paste-up a magazine and send it out into the world. During this time I found myself gainfully-employed full time (after a decade of various collegiate journeys, degrees, and general rock and roll lifestyles) and with spare cash, so I ended up subscribing to quite a number of independent music (and related culture) magazines. Most of these lasted less than a decade; although bOING bOING transitioned to the web, most of the others shown here have left only the faintest trails on the intertubes. A special shout-out goes to Fiz, which became Fizz - they were kind enough to print various nonsense that I sent them from time to time about one of my bands (Major Nelson).

If you were involved in one of these magazines, I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Fiz, Fizz, You Could Do Worse, Pop Smear, Probe, Lollipop, Tail Spins, Ben Is Dead, Black Sheep, Pop Watch, bOING bOING, Sticks and Stones, Screams From The Gutter


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've got tons of stuff (well, maybe not "tons") on our FB page:

7:29 PM  
Blogger senormedia said...


I should at this late date know to search Facebook.

9:30 PM  
Anonymous James POPsmear said...

We're thinking about putting together a "Best Of POPsmear" book. All the back issues have been scanned and optimized and may end up on the web for download soon as well. Kickstarter time?? Haha.

-James POPsmear (

2:03 PM  
Blogger senormedia said...

Beautiful! Looking forward to that!

2:19 PM  

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