B.G.K.’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

B.G.K.’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

Raw Deal (before they were forced to change their name to Killing Time) at the Frankford Y in Philadelphia in 1988. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Raw Deal (before they were forced to change their name to Killing Time) at the Frankford Y in Philadelphia in 1988. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Chuck Treece in the band McRad, from a concert at a VFW hall in or near Philadelphia. The stamp on the back of the photo says June 1988 so while I’m not positive of when this show happened, it’s around that time. Dare to Defy also played that night. Photo by Marc Fischer.

Chuck Treece in the band McRad, from a concert at a VFW hall in or near Philadelphia. The stamp on the back of the photo says June 1988 so while I’m not positive of when this show happened, it’s around that time. Dare to Defy also played that night. Photo by Marc Fischer.

A concert calendar for City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. Undated but probably from 1990 as this is when it was mailed to me by a zine publisher.

A concert calendar for City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. Undated but probably from 1990 as this is when it was mailed to me by a zine publisher.

A letter from Rob Nicholson of Cryptic Slaughter that I received in around late 1987 or early 1988. More recently, Rob has been playing with Ozzy Osbourne, which he discusses here. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

A letter from Rob Nicholson of Cryptic Slaughter that I received in around late 1987 or early 1988. More recently, Rob has been playing with Ozzy Osbourne, which he discusses here. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

A short note from Rob Nicholson from the band Cryptic Slaughter, written on the back of a merchandise sheet that he mailed me in around 1987. You can listen to all of the album Money Talks on Youtube. As a 16 year old who bought this band’s cassettes from the local suburban chain record store, I can’t overstate how meaningful it was to me that I could simply write the band at an address on the tape and actually receive a response. I was just starting to publish a fanzine around this time and knowing that it was actually possible to directly connect with the bands I listened to was really important and exciting.

A short note from Rob Nicholson from the band Cryptic Slaughter, written on the back of a merchandise sheet that he mailed me in around 1987. You can listen to all of the album Money Talks on Youtube. As a 16 year old who bought this band’s cassettes from the local suburban chain record store, I can’t overstate how meaningful it was to me that I could simply write the band at an address on the tape and actually receive a response. I was just starting to publish a fanzine around this time and knowing that it was actually possible to directly connect with the bands I listened to was really important and exciting.

The front side of a folded merchandise sheet sent to me by the band Cryptic Slaughter back in around 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

The front side of a folded merchandise sheet sent to me by the band Cryptic Slaughter back in around 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

A photocopied merchandise list for the band Cryptic Slaughter, mailed to be back in 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

A photocopied merchandise list for the band Cryptic Slaughter, mailed to be back in 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

Back in 1987 I developed a special love for the band Cryptic Slaughter, who played ridiculously fast hardcore with just enough slower grinding metal breaks to disrupt the sonic attack. I bought their first album Convicted on cassette at the old Wall to Wall Sound and Video in Suburban Square in the suburbs of Philly and was entranced. It must have been around this time that I wrote the band and exchanged a few letters with their bassist Rob (who recently has been playing with Ozzy, of all people). Here’s a merchandise sheet for the group that they sent me in October 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

Back in 1987 I developed a special love for the band Cryptic Slaughter, who played ridiculously fast hardcore with just enough slower grinding metal breaks to disrupt the sonic attack. I bought their first album Convicted on cassette at the old Wall to Wall Sound and Video in Suburban Square in the suburbs of Philly and was entranced. It must have been around this time that I wrote the band and exchanged a few letters with their bassist Rob (who recently has been playing with Ozzy, of all people). Here’s a merchandise sheet for the group that they sent me in October 1987. More Cryptic Slaughter posts here.

A flyer for Outburst, Upperhand, Beyond Control, and Throne of Corruption at G-Willikers in Pennsauken, New Jersey. I believe this show would have happened in 1989. From an old mailing of material from my friend Eric Weiss (who I haven’t heard from in about as many years).

A flyer for Outburst, Upperhand, Beyond Control, and Throne of Corruption at G-Willikers in Pennsauken, New Jersey. I believe this show would have happened in 1989. From an old mailing of material from my friend Eric Weiss (who I haven’t heard from in about as many years).

I continue to unearth bits of music ephemera in old letters from friends and other various stockpiles of my crap. Here’s a photocopied flyer for a Fugazi show, organized by WKDU at Drexel University in Philadelphia that took place in 1989. Also playing were Scram and 200 Stitches. It’s worth noting as well that the show was a benefit for ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). I had already moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh at this point but my friend Eric Weiss saved this for me. In these early Fugazi shows, people were still trying to bill them as “x Minor Threat”, though that went away eventually.

I continue to unearth bits of music ephemera in old letters from friends and other various stockpiles of my crap. Here’s a photocopied flyer for a Fugazi show, organized by WKDU at Drexel University in Philadelphia that took place in 1989. Also playing were Scram and 200 Stitches. It’s worth noting as well that the show was a benefit for ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). I had already moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh at this point but my friend Eric Weiss saved this for me. In these early Fugazi shows, people were still trying to bill them as “x Minor Threat”, though that went away eventually.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #56, Summer 1988.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #56, Summer 1988.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #57, Fall 1988.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #57, Fall 1988.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #58, Winter, 1989.

A Flickr user named almudeno69 recently asked me if I could scan some of the pages of Classified ad listings from old underground music mags like Flipside and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. They were particularly interested in ads placed by video traders from the pre-internet tape trading days. Rather than just send scans to him or her, I’ll post them here.

This is the first page of ads from Flipside #58, Winter, 1989.

This Zine Sucks #7, 1987, Trenton, New Jersey. Published by Bob Conrad. Public Collectors recently received a very generous gift of sixty old, mostly photocopied ‘zines from the collection of Dale Johnson of Bacon in the Beans ‘zine. Dale was (and still is) part of this world in the late 1980s and early 90s when I was also doing an underground music/culture ‘zine called Primary Concern. His donation fills some nice gaps in my own collection from this period. You can find Bacon in the Beans at: PO Box 4912, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. Send Dale something great!

This Zine Sucks #7, 1987, Trenton, New Jersey. Published by Bob Conrad. Public Collectors recently received a very generous gift of sixty old, mostly photocopied ‘zines from the collection of Dale Johnson of Bacon in the Beans ‘zine. Dale was (and still is) part of this world in the late 1980s and early 90s when I was also doing an underground music/culture ‘zine called Primary Concern. His donation fills some nice gaps in my own collection from this period. You can find Bacon in the Beans at: PO Box 4912, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. Send Dale something great!