SOMETHING FOR NOTHING #64: Free, 5½” x 8½”, photocopied, 40 pgs.

Sep 11, 2012

This is a music zine by a guy from Ohio who has figured out how to put together a really solid zine. It’s a change-up on the usual punk zine format in that, instead of interviews, he picked out a couple of bands that he’s into and wrote long, in-depth reviews of all the records that the band has put out. That obsession with not leaving anything out continues into a section where he reviews every record store he’s been to (twelve pages worth!). The layout is really text heavy too, but I get the impression that he’s trying to cram everything in without wasting space, so I can forgive the small font.Upon reading his reviews of theological books and Christian bands, I realized that he’s a believer, which initially lowered my opinion of this zine. It doesn’t make sense to me that someone can follow an organized religion and listen to anti-establishment punk rock at the same time, but then I don’t make the rules on what beliefs punks should have. In fact, after pondering this for a while, I don’t think people should worry too much about Christians “ruining” the punk scene. People have all kinds of opinions. It’s a waste of time to judge which of them are punk or not. It is this guy’s prerogative to write about whatever he wants in his zine, and I have to say that he is a pretty sharp writer. –Lauren Trout (516 Third St. NE, Massillon, OH44646)