“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. Our 2020 relaunch made it a digital music publication optimized for various devices. Features include 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’ anthology and memoir, Music in a Word) and offer TP merch for sale.

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  • Milton Berle on Elvis Presley
    Milton Berle was a legend, a figure so engrained in American culture and yet so far outside my cultural world that talking to him on the phone about Elvis Presley in 1997 didn’t quite feel real. He was old and hard of hearing but completely capable of reeling off ancient anecdotes.
  • Jack White Rocks Himself Out of His Socks
    “The shows I like the most are when we’re trying to win somebody over,” says Jack White, “When they’re yelling at us, that really gets me going.” Right now, the White Stripes are definitely going. The Detroit duo is indie rock’s great white hope, and audiences are falling for them like a punch-drunk boxer throwing a fight. The guy standing with his wife behind the sound board heard one song on a college radio station, bought the White Stripes’ current album, White Blood Cells, and drove in from Connecticut for the first of their three sold-out New York shows. He’s not disappointed.
  • John Lydon: To the Core
    I met John Lydon in a New York hotel room on a promotional tour for his first memoir. Although it was a fruitful interview, he ate sushi while we spoke and displayed an overt display of scorn that could have been better saved for someone with a lot less admiration and respect for him and his music…
  • Listening About Music
    Dancing about architecture? How about listening about music….
  • Music in a Word: 50 Years on a Rock and Roll Soapbox
    Why do I write about music? Why does anyone? I’ve given that question a lot of thought and I have discerned subliminal motives that are less than flattering. On one hand, it’s the desire to share what moves me, to offer the benefit of serious consideration and historical knowledge to the young and curious. On a deeper level, however, it springs from a desire to be accepted and appreciated, to establish standing in the world that I hungered for as a child.
Quick Takes

Arthur Brown Is Back!
Ira Robbins podcast interviews
Colored Vinyl: A Chronological Survey
French indie rock pix
The Beatles. Really?

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