Trouser Press

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This article is about the magazine. Trouser Press_sentence_0

For the electrical appliance, see Trouser press. Trouser Press_sentence_1

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Trouser PressTrouser Press_table_caption_0
CategoriesTrouser Press_header_cell_0_0_0 Music magazineTrouser Press_cell_0_0_1
FrequencyTrouser Press_header_cell_0_1_0 MonthlyTrouser Press_cell_0_1_1
FounderTrouser Press_header_cell_0_2_0 Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps and Karen RoseTrouser Press_cell_0_2_1
First issueTrouser Press_header_cell_0_3_0 March 1974; 46 years ago (1974-03)Trouser Press_cell_0_3_1
Final issue

NumberTrouser Press_header_cell_0_4_0

April 1984; 36 years ago (1984-04)

96Trouser Press_cell_0_4_1

CompanyTrouser Press_header_cell_0_5_0 Trans-oceanic Trouser PressTrouser Press_cell_0_5_1
CountryTrouser Press_header_cell_0_6_0 United StatesTrouser Press_cell_0_6_1
Based inTrouser Press_header_cell_0_7_0 New York CityTrouser Press_cell_0_7_1
LanguageTrouser Press_header_cell_0_8_0 EnglishTrouser Press_cell_0_8_1
WebsiteTrouser Press_header_cell_0_9_0 Trouser Press_cell_0_9_1
ISSNTrouser Press_header_cell_0_10_0 Trouser Press_cell_0_10_1

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). Trouser Press_sentence_2

Publication of the magazine ceased in 1984; the unexpired portion of mail subscriptions was completed by Rolling Stone sister publication Record, which itself folded in 1985. Trouser Press_sentence_3

Trouser Press has continued to exist in various formats. Trouser Press_sentence_4

History Trouser Press_section_0

The magazine's original scope was British bands and artists (early issues featured the slogan "America's Only British Rock Magazine"). Trouser Press_sentence_5

Initial issues contained occasional interviews with major artists like Brian Eno and Robert Fripp and extensive record reviews. Trouser Press_sentence_6

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_sentence_7

As the 1970s music scene transformed, so did the magazine's editorial focus. Trouser Press_sentence_8

From 1976 on, Trouser Press frequently centered on the growing punk movements in both London and New York. Trouser Press_sentence_9

The magazine provided in-depth articles on bands such as the 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. Trouser Press_sentence_10

In 1980, the magazine introduced "America Underground", a recurring column devoted to local music scenes from different areas of the country. Trouser Press_sentence_11

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. Trouser Press_sentence_12

Starting in 1982, flexi-discs were included with every issue, totaling 27 releases. Trouser Press_sentence_13

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. Trouser Press_sentence_14

Subscribers to Trouser Press received Record, Straight Arrow Publishers' monthly spinoff of Rolling Stone, to fulfill the remainder of their terms. Trouser Press_sentence_15

Aftermath Trouser Press_section_1

As a concept, Trouser Press continued to evolve after the publication of the magazine ceased. Trouser Press_sentence_16

In 1983, The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records, edited by Robbins, was published by Charles Scribner's Sons. Trouser Press_sentence_17

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. Trouser Press_sentence_18

This final edition featured all-new entries on over 2,000 bands and reviews of approximately 8,500 records and CDs. Trouser Press_sentence_19

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. Trouser Press_sentence_20 went online in 1997, and was relaunched in June 2020 with full scans of each issue of the magazine's ten-year run. Trouser Press_sentence_21

See also Trouser Press_section_2

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