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Back in film music fandom’s antediluvian period of the 1970s and 1980s, before the advent of such magazines like Film Score Monthly, Music of the Movies, Film Music, and others, before the Internet and the many film music related web sites and blogs that offer news, views, & interviews – and a much more closely-knitted network community of fans – all at the click of a mouse, there were two major English-language resources for the avid film music aficionado eager to learn more about his or her (yes there were a few hers among the readership, even back then) favorite composer and latest album release of a film’s actual music score, and eager for the postal delivery of each new issue. One was Soundtrack Magazine (formerly Soundtrack Collector’s Newsletter and Soundtrack! The Collector’s Quarterly), which began in the early 1970s and for many of us growing up in the post-James Bond/post-Italian Western boom of burgeoning film music interest, was “THE” magazine about our favorite field of interest for many years, finally being discontinued in 2002. The other was CinemaScore: The Film Music Journal, which began life in the early 1980s as an 8-page newsletter before changing hands and emerging, albeit with issues far and few between, as a 160-page tome when it breathed its last in 1987.
I’m somewhat of an historian, at least with my own life. I’ve kept a journal since December 14, 1985, my senior year in high school, when the events surrounding my first girlfriend and the demise of our relationship were so intriguing I had to write them down. Throughout my journal’s almost eleven years of existence film music has appeared regularly…
The 1970s was a good decade for fanzines i.e. non-professional magazines covering a specialised interest. Despite fanzines usually having a small subscriber base, this limited readership helped gave the readers a sense of fellowship, much a like a cult society, encouraging extremely loyal and enthusiastic readers. Many of these fanzines concentrated on science fiction…
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