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the 'zine scene

2003-01-16 15:14:30+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Went down to Tower Records on Lafayette Street last night. Last time I was in New York it was 1992 or so, and they had a huge set of racks for just zines, small magazines with circulations in the hundreds. This time they had the same larger magazine publication, but the zines were down to two small shelves, probably 20 or so total. I don't know if this is an indication of the ascendance of the Internet or the fall of the New York art scene, but it was roughly what I expected. Which is a shame.

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#Comment made: 2003-01-16 16:53:30+00 by: anser

did you go over to Tower Video/Books across Lafayette from the record store? That's where they put all that stuff...

#Comment made: 2003-01-16 21:13:30+00 by: Jeffery

I think that the magazine market has been hit very hard by the Internet. Prior to a recent flight, I purchased PC Magazine for the first time in about six or seven years, and there was absolutely nothing in it! It actually had some excellent content, back in the good 'ole days ...

#Comment made: 2003-01-16 22:33:39+00 by: Dan Lyke

anser: Yep, that one.

Jeff: I doubt that any of these magazines were ever actually run to make money. Usually they're 8.5"x5.5" photocopied, or if they are full-sized, they're printed on super cheap comics paper, and advertising was often for other magazines of the same type. When I get home and get time to open the bag I'll give a better rundown.