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Trouser Press

The rock and roll magazine Trouser Press first appeared in 1974 in New York as a mimeographed fanzine by Ira Robbins, Karen Rose and Dave Schulps under the name Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press (a reference to a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) and featured British bands and musical artists.

The first issue even contained a cautionary message: “Warning! Expect a lot of English! Although TOTP’ll be concerned with Anyband from Anyplace, with the exception of our love for Todd Rundgren, the editors are severe Anglophiliacs”.

After 14 issues, the title was shortened to simply Trouser Press, and the fanzine gradually transformed into a professional magazine with colour covers and advertising.

From 1976 onwards, Trouser Press featured the growing punk and new wave movements in both the UK and US, with articles about acts such as The Sex Pistols, Boomtown Rats, The Clash, The Damned, The Ramones, Television and many other similar groups – long before other US music publications did.

Starting in 1982, Flexi-discs were included with every issue (there were 27 releases in total). Publication of the magazine ceased in 1984. The website trouserpress.com went online in August 2002.