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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bomp! A magazine, a store, a label, and now a book

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Tomorrow at a Hollywood bookstore, there'll be a release party for the new book Bomp! Saving the World One Record at a Time, on Ammo Press. It collects writings from the 1960s-'70s run of Bomp! magazine, a worthy competitor of Creem and Crawdaddy as a rock mag that's still fun to read in 35-year-old back issues. The book does great honor to the memory of superfan Greg Shaw, who steered the Bomp! ship through as a zine and then as a label, as well as his years with Sire, where he got Seymour Stein to sign the Flamin' Groovies. When Bomp! became its own label, over the decades it helped many other artists get a leg up, including Devo, the Plimsouls, Spacemen 3, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Greg Shaw died from heart failure in 2004, at just 55. The book is by his wife, Suzy, and freak-of-all-trades Mick Farren.

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