Deathrow: The Chronicles of Psychobilly: The Very Best of Britain's Essential Psycho Fanzine Issues 1-38

Alan Wilson, Author Reynolds & Hearn $27.5 (382p) ISBN 978-1-901447-55-2
This volume reproduces all 38 issues of Deathrow Database, a quarterly fanzine created, published and generally written by recording artist and producer Wilson, from the early 1990s to 2000. The magazine covered the heavily tattooed, vertically-quaffed set that combined rockabilly, punk and the occasional slap bass to create the amped-up, swing-and-mosh psychobilly sound. The magazine's growth from a typewritten, photocopied rag produced in Wilson's home to a (relatively) clean, glossy magazine is interesting in itself, and does, in fact, provide ""a fascinating glimpse into the underbelly of Rock n Roll,"" as Wilson claims in his introduction. A member of psychobilly pioneers The Sharks, Wilson has an insider's view of the scene and access to many performers; included are often lengthy interviews with artists such as Tim Worman, Darrel Higham, Dave Sisson, Jeroen Haamers, The Highliners and dozens more. With the exception of a few introductory paragraphs, all the material in the book is taken directly from Deathrow Database, which, at its peak, sold about 5000 copies per issue; as such, the informal, inclusive, blunt prose will make readers feel in on the scene. B/w photos throughout.
Reviewed on: 10/01/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
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