Fanzines are great, and anything we here at Goldmine can do to promote them, we'll do. A fascinating one crossed my desk yesterday. It's called Tight But Loose, and it's a U.K. publication that covers anything and everything related to Led Zeppelin. Simply put, it delivers what it promises.
Longtime Zeppelin fanatics probably already subscribe to it and visit the Web site daily, but getting the latest issue was a revelation for me. In addition to news pages on each of the surviving members, including John Paul Jones' new bluegrass album with Uncle Earl, there are features on the 60 greatest performances of Jimmy Page and Zeppelin's final European tour, plus a clutch of CD reviews — most of them from the underground — all related to Zeppelin. Amazing stuff.
"30 years ago I established a platform of communication for Led Zeppelin fans starting with a handmade fanzine," said Dave Lewis. "Over the years, this has grown into what you see today in issue #17, as well as launching www.tblweb.com. Now together with the support of Xyz Promos we have launched a publishing plan for 2007 with three editions of the Tight But Loose magazine, expanding on that original premise to take the readers ever closer to the music."
The next issue is slated for August, 2007. Planned articles include: The Last Stand in the USA: 30th Anniversary Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1977 Extensive Retrospective; Arms '83 tour revisited; Part 2 of the Reel Collector's Guide; and more news on Page, Jones and, of course, Robert Plant.
Speaking of Zeppelin, veteran rock journalist Dave Thompson goes "Over the Hills and Far Away" with the '70s rock gods in the July 6 issue of Goldmine.
Hey all: Any other fanzines out there you dig? Write back to me and let me know what they are.