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8-Track Mind

Russ Forster,
8-Track Mind

Age: 34

Selection: "Mr. Score and His Coat of Love," by Dan Sutherland (page 108)

Recent review (from Zine World): "Not just a nostalgia kick or anti-technology ranter; this is more than a one-note joke."

Sample issue: 8-Track Mind is no longer published, but back issues (#91-#94, #96-#99)are available for $3 each and and #100 (with 84-minute video) for $15 from 23145 Melrose, Eastpointe, MI 48021 (checks: Russel Forster). Russ also has copies of So Wrong They're Right for $25.

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
I jumped aboard in 1990, inspired by a group of like-minded friends and an eccentric named Gordon Van Gelder. I had realized on several trips around the U.S. that groups of 8-track fanatics exist in many cities, and I saw the magazine as a tool to bring these pockets of individuals into a larger community. I thought it might last four issues—now we're on our 20th.

Why publish a zine?
The Pile of Tracks
1. To create alternative communities
2. To force your jaundiced views upon others
3. The mainstream media has become boring and unnecessary
4. It's fun and friendly

Do you publish any other zines?
Nothing that I would ever talk about. Check my FBI file.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Don't expect to make money, but expect to have a lot of fun and meet a lot of fun people.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Reading the great articles and letters which come to my post office box completely unsolicited. It's always a pleasant surprise!

In my other life, I'm a:

Fan Mail
The Kerchunk
8-Track Heaven

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