“The bible of alternative rock”

More than a decade after the magazine ended its ten-year run, Trouser Press first went online in 1997. In 2002, we consolidated the contents of five Trouser Press Record Guides on a new site. Some updating was done, but there’s a lot of catching up to do.

This 2020 relaunch makes it a digital music publication optimized for various devices. Among the new features are a searchable (!) Trouser Press magazine archive, a photo gallery and videos. There’s a forum for sharing your thoughts. We publish books (including Ira Robbins’ new novel, Marc Bolan Killed in Crash) and offer TP merch for sale.

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  • Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music: “Little Cristine”
    Mickey Leigh has been a fixture on the New York rock scene since the late 1970s. The guitarist, keyboard player and singer is also an author and the organizer of the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash charity concert. We’re proud to share this exclusive premiere of “Little Cristine” from his current project, Mutated Music.
  • The Virgin Birth Story
    In 1979, we got to interview down-to-earth billionaire Richard Branson and his Virgin Records label manager at the company’s West Village office, on the occasion of their new American imprint.
  • I’ll Be Damned!
    After strutting around the stage, mocking the crowd, without warning or even a count-in, they launched/catapulted/tore into “I Feel Alright” by the Stooges. It wasn’t the beginning of a song, it was detonation! Their power, energy and volume made it breathtaking.
  • The Zombies Live On
    One of the star-crossed British Invasion bands that never got its due — a brilliant, multi-faceted delight for discerning aficionados and just a couple of classic singles to the general public — the Zombies mounted quite a second act.
  • From the archives: Tony Stratton-Smith of Charisma Records
    The Charisma story — that is, the story of Tony Stratton-Smith, a former sportswriter who became a label president through the avenues of music publishing and management — mirrors the rise and maturation of art-rock while providing a close personal look at the artists who make it.
Quick Takes

Colored Vinyl: A Chronological Survey
French indie rock pix
The Beatles. Really?
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