Being myself a big fan of region-specific encyclopedias, I felt I wanted to take a stab at it msyelf. Credit needs to be given to Janne Stark here - his gargantuan book on Swedish metal was surely the igniting spark!
Yes! Very much looking forward to reading that one. In order to not come off as a copy-cat, I am trying to approach the subject from a different and more wide angle (including everything from AOR to black metal to crust punk).
I'm currently in the process of building a "complete" discography of official releases (including demos). You're absolutely right, hunting demo-recordings is number one priority here. There's tons of magnificient bands from Greece who never got to record a proper LP or even 7", which leaves us with a situation where many of the best works are to be found on decades old cassettes.
Hey Prowler, that is a very good advice - thanks (although I object to the notion that the Greek scene wasn't that interesting, hehe). I have considered the idea of doing a website earlier on and have not ruled it out. One idea would be start building a combined database/website, which can (maybe, only maybe) be converted into book-form later on. Another idea is to do it in zine-format, which is probably the most entertaining thing to do.Prowler wrote: ↑Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:57 pmIf you accept a good advice, drop the idea with the book and turn it into a website or something. Something that you could update anytime you want. Once a book is printed you can bet your ass you'll come across "some great unknown band" that you you'll bit your ass for you couldn't include in the book. And most likely those "critical voices" will come loud "You did not include the Sapphire Sceptre demo that ONLY I do own!" etc ... they are just waiting for that. lol
Dunno if you are "independent" when it comes to money, but printing lets say 300 books (if you want a reasonable price then 300 is minimum) cost a bit and the greek Metal scene wasn't that interesting that you would sell 300 books right in a week f.e.
You'll get rid off maybe 50-100 quickly and then sales will probably stagnate. I am working on a book about german 80's AOR/Hard Rock/Metal scene (Bands from Samplers incl./Demos/Singles/Albums, Bands without releases etc) since quite some years and I still come across unknown records, demos at this late time that nobody knew about earlier. So I dropped the book idea quickly and tend more to do a detailed website where I could add every new discovery right the next day instead of reprinting the book a second, 3rd or 6th time. ^^
Would you be the least bit interrested in free webhosting, free designing/development/database support?
My websiting skillz are limited to doing "charming", mid-to-late-90s metal reviews-pages, so the answer is, err... YES!DaN wrote: ↑Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:42 amWould you be the least bit interrested in free webhosting, free designing/development/database support?
Indeed, I am searching land and country for fanzines and this is one of the most important ones. So, if anyone either wants to sell their old copies or help out with xeroxing it would be great.
Hmmm... got copies of these to share for the archive?
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