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Cover of the April 1983 issue of Trouser Press magazine (#84), featuring The Clash.
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
Founder Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps and Karen Rose
First issue March 1974;44 years ago (1974-03)
Final issue
Number
April 1984 (1984-04)
96
Company Trans-oceanic Trouser Press
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English
Website trouserpress.com
ISSN 0164-1883

Trouser Press was a rock and roll magazine started in New York in 1974 as a mimeographed fanzine by editor/publisher Ira Robbins, fellow Who fan Dave Schulps and Karen Rose under the name "Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press" (a reference to a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and an acronymic play on the British TV show Top of the Pops). Publication of the magazine ceased in 1984; the unexpired portion of mail subscriptions was completed by Rolling Stone sister publication Record, which itself folded in 1985. Trouser Press has continued to exist in various formats.

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Contents

History

The magazine's original scope was British bands and artists (early issues featured the slogan "America's Only British Rock Magazine"). Initial issues contained occasional interviews with major artists like Brian Eno and Robert Fripp and extensive record reviews. After 14 issues, the title was shortened to simply Trouser Press, and it gradually transformed into a professional magazine with color covers and advertising.

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Trouser Press badge (button), circa 1982. Trouser Press badge.jpg
Trouser Press badge (button), circa 1982.

As the 1970s music scene transformed, so did the magazine's editorial focus. From 1976 on, Trouser Press frequently centered on the growing punk movements in both London and New York. The magazine provided in-depth articles on bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Boomtown Rats, The Clash, The Damned, the Ramones, Television, and many other similar groups, long before other U.S. music publications did. In 1980, the magazine introduced "America Underground", a recurring column devoted to local music scenes from different areas of the country. By the early 1980s, the magazine's focus was almost exclusively on new wave, alternative rock, and underground rock from both sides of the Atlantic. Starting in 1982, flexi-discs were included with every issue, totaling 27 releases. [1] Although the magazine seemed to be thriving, with an ever-growing circulation, editor Robbins ceased publication after the April 1984 issue (#96), citing a lack of interest in the continuing but stagnating new wave scene that left his writers with very little to say.

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Aftermath

As a concept, Trouser Press continued to evolve after the publication of the magazine ceased. In 1983, The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records, edited by Robbins, was published by Charles Scribner's Sons. [2] The book was sufficiently popular for four more substantially updated editions, with varying titles and publishers, to be issued over the years, culminating in 1997's The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock. [3] This final edition featured all-new entries on over 2,000 bands and reviews of approximately 8,500 records and CDs. The contents of all five volumes are currently available on the Trouser Press website, which is updated with entries on new bands, as well as revisions/expansions of old articles, by Robbins and other writers. TrouserPress.com went online in August 2002. [4]

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References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  2. Robbins, Ira A. (1983). The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records. Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN   978-0684179438.
  3. Robbins, Ira A. (7 March 1997). The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock. Simon & Schuster. ISBN   978-0684814377 . Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  4. "TrouserPress.com". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2008-05-22.