Jake Austen, Roctober
Selection: "Chuck Berry: Rocker, Legend, Landlord" (page 104)
Recent review (from 8-Track Mind): "The most interesting, non-clichéd music mag." (From Lumpen Times): "Do not make the mistake of thinking this is some cheap little shit zine. It's just too weird to be bad and so idiosyncratic that it's good."
Sample: $4 from 1507 E. 53rd. St., PMB 617, Chicago, IL 60615 (checks: Jake Austen)
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
I started the zine in 1992. In mid-1991 some punk kids were talking about starting a zine in Providence (where I was living) and asked me if I wanted to do something for it. The great, bohemeth-esque rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef was playing in a Chinese restaurant, so I got some friends to go with me and interview him. Of course, being punk, that proposed zine never happened. So after a while I decided to do my own zine to print that interview. I figured I knew enough outstanding comics writers and artists whose work was far better than most stuff you see in underground and mainstream (especially mainsteam press, and also since 99 percent of music mags are boring as shit I thought it would be easy to do outstanding work.
Why publish a zine?
What can you tell us about the selection you provided for
"The Book of Zines"?
Do you publish any other zines?
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
In my other life, I'm a: