The Listening Center at the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA) houses a substantial collection of fanzines related to popular music. These zines cover many different genres such as punk rock, folk music, pop music, and extreme metal. Zines often contain record reviews, artist interviews, and live show reviews. Many zines document the habits of tech hobbyists or the activities of an underground music scene.
Because of the highly personal nature of zine writing, fanzines typically are not upheld as traditional, academic sources. However, their true value is not in the factual accuracy of their articles; rather, zines are important academic sources because they document the lives and opinions of music fans. To scholars of popular music, fanzines are a valuable source for determining how people make use of popular music in their everyday lives.
MLBSSA is currently updating our records to include summaries for each zine. In the future, you will be able to search zines for specific content. (See "Other Ways to Find Zines at the ML/BSSA" tab for more details.) You can search by title for specific zines in the BGSU Libraries Catalog.
To browse all music fanzine titles through the BGSU Libraries Catalog, perform the following steps:
1. From the main catalog screen, select the "Numbers" tab. With this step, you are choosing to search by call number (rather than by title).
2. Change the "Call Number Type" from "Library of Congress" to "Local"
3.Type "FANZINES" into the "Call Number."
4. Click "Submit" and that will take you through the fanzine boxes in sequential order.
Or to get the title listing:
1. From the main catalog screen, type in "FANZINE" after the "WORD" tab. Click "Submit" and you will get the fanzine titles in alphabetical order.
2. Change the "Location" tab to Music Library
This guide was created by Rebekah Burchfield, graduate of the Ph.D. program in American Culture Studies and former ML/BSSA graduate assistant.