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Rock 'n' Roll writing about Pop Culture Matters

begins

Writers Alarcon and Lamontpaul founded outsideleft in 2004, an internet age ago. Conceived as a fanzine firmly in the corner of the kind of pop culture fewer people care about. Rock 'n' Roll writing about Pop Culture Matters was the mantra and a journey began to change some small part of the world they inhabited.

outsideleft?

An outside left is a winger, an outlier, an alchemist, a nonconformist, the last name on the team sheet a thriller of the masses in pink leather boots, a sure and sometimes unreliable source of inspiration and now an online magazine of sometimes ill-repute. one outside left once claimed to have spent a fortune on women and booze, and the rest, he said, he just wasted. we know what he meant.

since then

outsideleft got its thumbprints on the web on clung on. lots of writers have come and mostly gone on to better things. for others their brush with outsideleft was enough to convince them that the romance of rocknroll writing was not all it might be. mercifully for us all. corporations took over the internet. phones took over the internet. tablets took over from phones. your digital assistant possibly found this for you and is reading it to you. corporations took over from people. most people stood still while thinking they were moving. a lot of people began to look backwards over their shoulders instead of forwards and thought they liked what they saw. things didn't go as planned.

there were four chronicles of our content out there

although due to our ineptitude, now only three that you can collect.
The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual - a collection of articles from year one of outsideleft.
Darkness Racket and Twang (Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music) - Alex V. Cook (paperback/kindle)
Everyday I Atrophy - Chris Connolly

and now and next

we don't know yet

Happy Shopper #19: Shannon Hurley
Shannon Hurley has had an incredible year, and has tons of Mo' going into '08 - a new album Ready To Wake Up and a spot of happy shopping
The Queen of all That Jazz
Poetry rock star Hera Lindsay Bird sometimes makes me think of Morrissey when he meant something. Except she's funnier and she doesn't see things like that.
Cross-terranean Post-Postmodern Tone-sick Blues Part 1 - Devendra Banhart
Alex V. Cook takes a two-part look at the hashed and re-hashed state of psychedelic rock now. First up is the uneven but ultimately endearing costume changes and warbling of Devendra Banhart
What Good is a Purr Without a Scratch
Cat Power returns from that room of her own with honey drizzled album that hopefully isn't going to be her greatest statement.
November Spawned a Dinosaur
Elastic Day is the new LP and single from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis
A Case For Genre-Hopping
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