D.I.A RECORDS Classic Releases
"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Soul Brains/Bad Brains.
All Media Guide Review of "Out Of Bounds".
"OUT OF BOUNDS" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, RHOPSODY, SPOTIFY
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
All Media Guide Review of "Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - The Next Generation".
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Inverted Paradox (Various Artists) album is available on:
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Inverted Paradox is a 14 track album featuring HR (of Bad Brains), songstress/model/actress Jez Blak (alter ego: Earth Godessa), the salty, magruff gravel-voiced Junior Demus, Snuupi (great writer courtesy of Kesta Records), Li-On (NYC underground hiphop mic stalker), Roguish Armament (alternative hardcore hiphop pioneers), the great Bobby Culture, Merciless (one of dancehall's best) and Long Island's punk krew Bumfounded.
Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.
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PLUTOPIA: "SIGNS OF THE TIME"
Plutopia "Signs Of The Time."
Plutopia aka Rudolph Richards executive produced and recorded "Signs of The Time" in the 1980's. 'Burning Love' single outtake was released on 12 inch vinyl on JameKee/D.I.A Records in 1984. We listened to this conscious reggae project recently and it "slams!" "Sings Of The Time" is timeless sounds. "Sings Of The Time" will be released digitally in November, 2016, on DIA Records.
ZINES & GAZINES
by Barry D I A"
Fanzine and Alternative Muzik publications are at the core of this piece. The origin of the Magazine, Muckrakers and Black Publications were also touched on.
This piece was updated in 12.23.12 and 6.14.16. In 1997, when it was originally published (in Fantra Zine V), almost 12,000 magazines, journals, and periodicals were in print in the USA. Since then, lots of hard-copy publications folded mainly because of the internet. A few new ones have taken on life. (2012: It isn’t clear how many magazines, journals, and periodicals are currently published in the USA). Muzik magazines account for a tidy amount of these publications. Before I get into a little so’em ‘bout Zines and Alternative Muzik publications, let us take a glimpse at the history of the Magazine.
ORIGINAL MAGAZINE :
A magazine is a bounded, paper-covered publication that is published and issued weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, etc., to inform, instruct or entertain. The first magazine was (probably) the French Journal des Scanvans (1665-1792). It was published weekly and was imitated throughout Europe. The word “magazine” came from the French word “magasin” (means storehouse). “Magazine” was first used in 1731 by Gentleman’s Magazine of London.
EARLY AMERICAN MAGAZINES: The first magazine published in America (then the Colonies) was Andrew Bradford’s American Magazine of Philadelphia -- issued February 13, 1741. It was followed three days later by Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine. After the Civil War (1861–1865), a boom in new magazines serving a wide variety of interests increased the number of periodicals from 700 (1865) to 3,300 (1885). These magazines were read mostly by the (educated) elite. In the 1880s, increased literacy among Americans and the rapid growth of industry helped broaden the appeal of magazines. Printing technology advancements allowed large press runs. National distribution efforts were instrumental in attracting many new readers. Redistribution of income from growing industries that bought ad spaces to advertise new products helped lower magazine prices. In 1900, there were about 3,500 magazines. Combined sales were estimated at 65 million copies. That is a lot of tree pulp.
THE MUCKRAKER: The most popular periodical in the late 1890s was the “Muckraker.” These newspapers were called Muckrakers because they competed for the most scandalous stories. Editors constantly dig for dirt. The Muckraker was the equivalent of current supermarket tabloids. Even back then sensationalism sold papers. Some of these Muckrakers survived time and are currently prominent mainstream newspapers.
Publications that survived from the 1800s: Harpers (1850), The Atlantic Monthly (1857), Ladies Home Journal (1883). Several more publications survived from the 1800s, but they were renamed.
THE FANZINE: Zines were originally crude paste-ups generally published by one man/woman totally from a personal perspective. Publishing programs now make it easier to put a zine together. Zines are extremely obnoxious, comical and very entertaining. Editorials often packed a knockout punch because they are truthful. BAM! You are floored. Personally, I think the Fanzine is the trust or the purest form of publishing.
The first Fanzine was (probably) published in 1912, in the USA. (Of course, this will be disputed.) Fanzines were published solely to entertain in the early years. The success of the pictorial, Life Magazine, pushed zines to the back burner (the 1930s). Life Magazine was the entertainment window to the world pre-TV. Several of today’s slick magazines have been originally zines. Hey yo! The Source hip-hop magazine was originally a zine.
Currently about 5000 Zines are published. Runs are usually in small numbers less than 1000. Today, Zines address a wide variety of topics, but most Zines are muzik oriented. Some are in the comic book format. Some Zines deal with skateboarding and other subcultures. A few are political. Features are usually written from an “*insider’s” standpoint. Therefore, articles are not watered down. (*Insider = someone who is very familiar with the topic.)
Fanzines are the main source of reading for a large number of underground and alternative muzik (music) lover. These hedz usually do not give life or thought to mainstream or slick publications.
|SCRANTON ZINEFEST '16
To the left is cover of Fantra Zine #8 that was distributed and traded at Scranton Zinefest 2016, in The Electrical City of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, on June 11. Fantra Zine is looking forward to Scranton Zinefest 2017. Mouse Fantra Zine #8, cover for Ello's impression.
ALTERNATIVE PUBLICATIONS: The wonderful gibberish and elegant syntax in this segment is about Alternative Muzik Publications.
The alternative publication is three steps above a zine and one to two steps below a slick mainstream publication. Fantra Zine will just tag the alternative muzik publication a “Gazine.” Alternative muzik publications helped launch the careers of Spin Doctors, Living Color, NIN, Pearl Jam and Nirvana into stardom and mainstream. Gazines also helped keep groups and artists like Pere Ubu, George Clinton, Lee Perry, Burning Spear, Los Lobos, Neville Brothers, Cocteau Twins, etc., in the mix. Several Gazines have not survived in the 2000s. But there are some excellent alternative muzik publications on the market. Editorials are usually well written and layouts are visually nice. There is a Gazine for every genre of muzik. Like zines, one has to know where to find some alternative publications. Most of them aren’t sold at the mainstream newsstand.
The targeted market for Gazines is college students or hedz who do not like mainstream or pop muzik. But, they do not like underground muzik either.
Major props to the alternative muzik publications that kept it on point. My most favorite: The Beat (published by C.C. Smith), Reflex (published by Rich Shupe) and the original Option Magazine (published by Scott Becker). Unfortunately, all these publications folded. There is an Option based in Japan but, I do not think it is the original Option. It is a difficult task to keep publications in circulation if there isn’t any sales or advertising income. Saying that -- the majority writers or journalists barely makes a living from writing.
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The Chicago Defender is arguably the first "official" Black newspaper in the United States of America. The Defender was founded 1905 by Robert S. Abbott and published weekly. The Chicago Defender was the first national newspaper for Afro-Americans. The Defender was instrumental in encouraging Blacks to migrate to the Urban North (and west mainly Texas and California) from the Jim Crow South. Writers such a Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and Willard Motley contributed to The Defender. The Chicago Defender was published as The Chicago Daily Defender, a daily newspaper, from 1956 to 2003, when it returned to a weekly format. The Defender was eventually bought by Real Times media of Detroit, Michigan - USA. Real Times Media publishes The Chicago Defender - Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta Daily World - Atlanta, Georgia; Michigan Chronicle - Detroit, Michigan; The Michigan - Frontpage - Detroit, MI; New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tri-State Defender - Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
It is factual Blacks have never really trusted white journalists or writers who are publishing pieces about them. It doesn’t matter how much the article is in their favor, the general feeling is, there has always been some bias and the full story was not told because pieces are usually authored by “outsiders” (who live outside the black community). For even books/novels about black subjects, once an “outsider” harvests anecdotes and information of which he/she is not familiar, they are gone. The feeling is an “outsider” cannot write with the same emotion or passion like an “insider” or someone living in the community.
Currently (June 18, 2012), there are a good number of black e-magazines, but still only a few printed national publications are black-owned -- Ebony (1945), Jet (1951), Essence (1970), Black Enterprise and Smooth Magazine (founded and published about 2002). There is a handful of regional newspapers, but most black-oriented publications on the newsstand are white-owned. These publications are usually geared towards black entertainment. However, the grassroots zines, magazines and tabloids devoted solely to black people’s interests from a black perspective are slowly increasing in numbers. In New York City there is The Amsterdam News. There is the Caribbean Life that was founded and originally published by Simone Gill. Caribbean Life was sold and is now white-owned. The City Sun was black-owned but this tabloid folded. Microfilm collection of The CITY SUN Newspaper can be viewed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the Village of Harlem, NYC - USA. Author and journalist Elena Omauno who is highly trusted and respected contributed to The City Sun.
It is good to see homegrown publications from black communities. Collectively, this is a major voice. I think the more the better as it cultivates hopefully good competition. Maybe some will survive time like The Chicago Defender/The Defender.
BTW: Smooth Magazine is the perfect example of how one should guard her or his ideas. Smooth Magazine also serves as a notice of how not to trust anyone in the media. The Smooth's concept was pitched to a publisher for publishing. A few weeks later the Smooth's idea was King Magazine on the newsstand.
|SCRANTON ZINEFEST '16
On June 11, 2016, Steven Repka and I went to the 6th Annual, Scranton Zinefest, 2016, in Scranton, PA USA. This was a super-cool gathering of 30+ Zinesters covering muzik (music), comix (comics), "politricks" (politics) and poetry. There was poetry recitals and live music performance by some cool bands. Salutes to Jess Meoni for organizing, hosting and playing drums with Science Queen. Scranton Zine Fest happens every second Saturday in June. We are looking forward to the 7th Annual Scranton Zine Fest 2017.
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