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Trouser Press: The Story Behind The Legendary Zine

Ira Robbins, Perfect Sound Forever, June 1997

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the reasons that our zine started up was because there were other music nuts before us who wanted to tell the world about the music they loved that wasn't getting covered in big magazines. One of these pioneers was Ira Robbins who helped to found TROUSER PRESS magazine. Even after the magazine closed up shop in the '80s, Robbins and his cohorts have put out two indispensable music guides and now continue their crusade online. As a grand-pappy to us and an inspiration to us, we wanted not only to salute Ira's work but to also show all the ups and downs, glories and pit-falls of putting out a print music zine. Things have changed a lot since Ira and company learned all of this the hard way but a lot of same principles still apply. If you're considering this yourself, hopefully it won't scare you off but at least make you realistic about doing this.

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