TEENAGE NEWS #2: $?, 8 ½” x 11”, copied with glossy cover, 88 pgs.

Sep 30, 2014

This is a thick zine, with lots of features and interviews throughout the almost ninety pages. The author states that the zine “is based around an unceasing desire to rediscover long-lost, favorite records.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but amongst the interviews in here, a good number are with artists whose origins aren’t anytime in the past couple decades: Dave Davies of The Kinks, Tommy James from the Shondells, Cherie Currie of The Runaways, and John Doe from X. Some more recent artists interviewed include Vinnie Kircher from Jaill, Gary Powell of The Libertines, and Jennifer Clavin from Bleached. There were also stories about Klaus Nomi (which I found real interesting because his is such a unique story), Oingo Boingo, and Bobby Jameson. The diversity in Teenage News is really impressive, but it’s a shame that most of the interviews didn’t go very in-depth. The interviewer often seemed as though he was just going through a list of questions instead of engaging the interviewee in a conversation. Perhaps for the next issue, instead of so many interviews, there could be fewer but they could go more in-depth. Still, for a second issue, this is impressive. The layout is well executed and the questions in the interviews are interesting. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading a third issue. Keep it up! -Kurt Morris ([email protected])