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_TROUSER PRESS_ was a rock and roll magazine started in New York in 1974 as a mimeographed fanzine by editor /publisher Ira Robbins, fellow Who fan Dave Schulps and Karen Rose under the name "Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press" (a reference to a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and an acronymic play on the British TV show _Top of the Pops )_. Publication of the magazine ceased in 1984, although _Trouser Press_ has continued to exist in various formats.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Aftermath * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

The magazine's original scope was British bands and artists (early issues featured the slogan "America's Only British Rock Magazine"). Initial issues contained occasional interviews with major artists like Brian Eno
Brian Eno
and Robert Fripp and extensive record reviews. After 14 issues, the title was shortened to simply _Trouser Press_, and it gradually transformed into a professional magazine with color covers and advertising. Trouser Press
Trouser Press
badge (button), circa 1982.

As the 1970s music scene transformed, so did the magazine's editorial focus. From 1976 on, _Trouser Press_ frequently centered on the growing punk movements in both London
London
and New York . The magazine provided in-depth articles on bands such as the Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols
, The Boomtown Rats , The Clash , The Damned , the Ramones , Television , and many other similar groups, long before other U.S. music publications did. In 1980, the magazine introduced "America Underground", a recurring column devoted to local music scenes from different areas of the country. By the early 1980s, the magazine's focus was almost exclusively on new wave , alternative rock , and underground rock from both sides of the Atlantic. Starting in 1982, flexi-discs were included with every issue, totaling 27 releases. Although the magazine seemed to be thriving, with an ever-growing circulation, editor Robbins ceased publication after the April 1984 issue (#96), citing a lack of interest in the continuing but stagnating new wave scene that left his writers with very little to say.

AFTERMATH

As a concept, _Trouser Press_ continued to evolve after the publication of the magazine ceased. In 1983, _The Trouser Press
Trouser Press
Guide to New Wave Records_, edited by Robbins, was published by Charles Scribner\'s Sons . The book was sufficiently popular for four more substantially updated editions, with varying titles and publishers, to be issued over the years, culminating in 1997's _The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock_. This final edition featured all-new entries on over 2,000 bands and reviews of approximately 8,500 records and CDs. The contents of all five volumes are currently available on the _Trouser Press_ website, which is updated with entries on new bands, as well as revisions/expansions of old articles, by Robbins and other writers. TrouserPress.com went online i