One story in particular I wanted to point to is an appreciation of New York Rocker - the local NYC music paper with national scope that was published between 1976 & 1982. Written by Jesse Jarnow (author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock), the article makes a strong argument for the paper having a huge hand in inventing the American indie scene as we came to know it. Essential reading for the historically minded.
"New York Rocker published 54 issues between 1976 and 1982. They had a small staff, no more than a half-dozen full-time at most. The peak of its circulation was around 35,000 copies a month. But as they say, it was incredibly influential. And more than being influential, it was just a great paper. And it still is, if you can find the back issues. The writing is excellent, the tone is smart and punchy, and it's also deadly serious. They covered national stuff really well but also managed to stay really hyper-local." Read the entire article here.
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